GARETH WILLIAMS REVIEW
This complaint was posted on NAS on 25th Feb, 2022 and is a permanent record located here: https://www.nameandshame.com/gareth-williams-5YOSF/ukhsas-gareth-williams-fired-for-sexual-assault-id5ye99 .
25th Feb, 2022
UKHSA's Gareth Williams Fired for Sexual Assault
London, UK -- It has been revealed that Gareth Williams, the UK Health Security Agency's (UKHSA) Chief Operating Officer, was fired from Travelex, the world's largest currency exchange business, for committing sexual offences.
As Travelex's chief human resources officer, he was fired from the company for committing sexual offences whilst the company was under regulator scrutiny related to broader financial scandals.
Baroness Dido Harding, the-then head of the UK NHS Test and Trace department, hired Williams as the hr chief at that government organization, tasked with tracking Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom. The organization was widely panned as being wholly-unsuccessful and wasting both resources and costing additional lives.
Questions remain as to whether Baroness Harding performed any background check on Gareth Williams before he joined Test and Trace, given he joined her team the same month he was fired for committing sexual offences at Travelex. More perplexing is how Williams has taken a new role for himself at the UK Health Security (UKHSA), calling into question that public entity's own background and reference check procedures.
Many questions remain as to how Gareth Williams -- a sexual predator who had been recently terminated for such offences -- secured a trusted public sector role within the UKHSA especially since his role has responsibility over the people and culture of the sprawling public sector entity.