WAPI Governing Council & Overseas representatives
John Edwards - Chairman / EU/Licensing / Marketing
John is a Past Vice Chairman and Chairman of the World Association of Professional Investigators and has been a Member of the Association of British Investigators since 1996 also a member of the Federation of Small Business and the Institute of Leadership and Management. John has been an active Professional Investigator for the last 18 years, he started off life in the Armed Forces where he served for 27 years and rose to the rank of Captain, during which time he saw service in Ulster and the Middle and Far East. John is a founder Member of the World Association of Professional Investigators and is the Principal of the Bedfordshire Investigation Bureau. John has for some time been a strong advocate for Training and Qualifications and has held the National Vocational Qualification level 4 Investigation since 1998 John is also an NVQ Assessor. During 2005 he also gained further Qualifications specifically C&G 7302 C&G 1184 and C&G 1186 (Conflict Management Trainer) and has also since then achieved a BTEC Advanced Diploma of Private Investigation and is a Director of the Academy of Professional Investigation. John operates from the Bedfordshire village of Henlow where he lives with his wife Carol.
Beverley Flynn - Vice Chairman / Treasurer
Beverley has been directly involved in the Investigation Industry for 32 years, predominantly on the Sales Marketing & administrative side of the business. Beverley’s career commenced in Business Management and joined the Investigation Industry with her late Husband Patrick. Beverley attained a BA Honours degree in Business Management in the early 1990’s, shortly afterwards forming Insight Investigations with its Head Office based in Birmingham. During Beverley’s career she has worked tirelessly to raise the profile and reputation of the Investigation Industry. Beverley became the Membership Secretary of WAPI in October 2003 and held the post of Lady Vice-Chairman of the Association from October 2004 to October 2006 and October 2007 until October 2008. Beverley became Treasurer of the association in October 2007.
Tony Smith - eGroup Moderator / Complaints & Discipline
A full time investigator since 1977 working with Ferguson Investigations of Liverpool until that business was sold. Tony opened his own business in October 1981 initially working from home and eventually opening offices in Liverpool City Centre and latterly from offices close to Aintree Racecourse. In 1986 Tony was a founder member of the Merseyside Association of Investigators & Process Servers (now the British Association of Investigators & Process Servers) and remained Secretary/Treasurer of that Association until 2000, becoming a Honorary Life Member in 2007. Joining WAPI in 2002, Tony was appointed to the WAPI Governing Council in 2004. Tony moderates the WAPI Open E-Group with well over 1000 members and which is now the second largest Industry E-Group in the World. Tony is a British Mensa 99 Percentile, a Member of Intertel and the Horserace Writers Association. With the inception of the Internet and the problems it can bring to clients, Tony has undergone courses in Internet Investigation and Email tracing, the latest being in April 2011, in an attempt to keep abreast of this ever changing media.
Stuart Withers - Training / Mentor
Stuart is a founder member of WAPI and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Stuart has been a practicing professional Investigator for over 46 years and holds an NVQ Level 4 in Investigation. He is the founder and CEO of Nationwide Investigations Group, Academy of Professional Investigation and Author of the NIG Process Servers Guide, together with being a contributor to the NVQ syllabus in investigation level 3 and 4. Stuart works in Central London and lives with his family in Handcross, West Sussex.
John Withers - e-Media
John is the MD of ‘Priority Investigations – Agencies’, having originally joined the family business in 1991, completing an extensive internship in the early 90’s in offices throughout both the UK and Ireland. Currently based in Northern Ireland, he took control of the family business from his father, Ian in April 2013. From 2002 to 2012 he was part of the UK Governments, British Antarctic Survey where he was a Base Commander and UK British Antarctic Territory Magistrate from 2005 to 2012. He was awarded the Polar Medal by HM the Queen in 2012 for services to the UK in the Antarctic. John is a fully qualified HSE Commercial Diver and PADI Instructor, he is a member of the US ‘National Association of Legal Investigators’ (NALI), a Member of Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
Emma Rowley - General Secretary / Membership
Emma has worked within the Private Investigation industry for the past 16 years, starting as an Office Junior and eventually working her way up to Manager – Operational Support. Emma has been actively involved within WAPI via Beverley Flynn during the past 8 years. Emma has assisted and attended every past WAPI event also attended the World Investigators Conference in Las Vegas in 2005 working on the WAPI stand. Emma currently provides administration support to both the Membership Secretary & the Treasury. Emma is married with a young daughter and lives in the West Midlands.
Rick Howatson - European Representative
Rick is the MD of Priority Marine Investigations in Spain and is also the WAPI Central European Representative. He has lived in Spain for the past 6 years operating his independent Private Investigation Company out of Murcia. Having spent five years in the British Army he then stayed on in Germany for 12 years and qualified at German Medical School. He then changed direction and became a Master Diver Instructor and for 18 years dived from Australia, USA, South Africa, Maldives, to the Seychelles Islands. He is fluent in German with a good command of Spanish. Rick returned back to Europe in 1993 and worked as a free lance PI in Eire until he got tired or the continual rainfall and moved to the warmer climes of Sunny Spain.
Warren H Levicoff - USA Representative
Warren has been selected as the USA representative of WAPI. His main area of operations is in the Philadelphia area however he is arguably one of the most well known International Investigators, with associates throughout Asia and Europe. He is the CEO of International Detective Services Ltd and an active member of many Associations throughout the world. During his professional career he has also been involved in the field of Bounty Hunting and has extensive training in the use and carriage of firearms.
Neil Wood - Australia Representative
- Founder, Past Chairman & Group Managing Director - TCM Group International (L) Ltd.
- Institute of Mercantile Agents - Past State President/ National Vice President.
- Associate Fellow - Australian Institute of Management
- Certified Collector - International Fellowship Certified Collectors
- Member - World Association of Detectives, World Investigators Network.
- Associate Senior - Australian Institute of Credit Management
- Past Chairman - International Directors - American Collectors Association (Six years)
- In 1994 and 2000, Neil was awarded ACA International's highest international honor, the "International Paul Bunyan Award"
- Member - International Association Insurance Fraud Agencies
- Member - Australian Insurance Institute
- Justice of the Peace - Victoria, Australia
- In 2001, Neil was certified Master Credit Executive (MCE), the most prestigious certification offered by The Society of Certified Credit Executives (SCCE)
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