FACT appoints new director general

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (‘FACT’) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kieron Sharp as its new Director General. Kieron takes up his post on 6th November 2006.Kieron comes to FACT with a strong background in law enforcement, latterly as Head of Specialist Crime Operations at the City of London Police Service, a role which holds responsibility for Major Crime Investigations, Surveillance Operations, Intelligence, Special Branch, Criminal Justice, Forensic Support, Crime Policy and Training, Crime Recording and the Home Office Major Incident System at the City of London Police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sharp has thirty years service, having started in the Metropolitan Police Service, and transferring to the City on promotion to Detective Sergeant in 1988. Although the majority of his career has been as a detective, he has worked in all areas of criminal investigation from general crime through murder enquiries and other major incidents to fraud and covert operations.

Between 1995 and1999, Mr Sharp was seconded to Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France where he was Head of the Economic Crime Department and he is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) national academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Brian Robertson, FACT Chairman commented, “I am delighted that Kieron has chosen FACT as the next stepping stone in his distinguished career. FACT as an organisation has developed immeasurably in the past two years and it is to the credit of Raymond Leinster and the efforts of all his team that we have been able to attract a replacement of Kieron’s calibre and experience.

The whole organisation looks forward to welcoming Kieron and wishes Raymond every success in the future.”

Kieron Sharp added, “I am very much looking forward to joining FACT – an organisation which has gained a reputation for being dynamic and progressive. I hope that the knowledge and experience I bring from all aspects of my police career can ensure that FACT continues to be very much at the forefront of the fight against piracy.”

Latest Content

News

FACT’s anti-piracy and content protection work in 2021

2021 was another busy year for FACT’s content protection team! From the first conviction of its type in the UK to a summer road trip serving cease and desist notices, we continue to protect content by disrupting illegal activity and holding those responsible to account. With separate convictions and sentences seen in 2021 for the … Continued

News

Government of Vanuatu appoints FACT as verification and due diligence provider

FACT Due Diligence are pleased to announce our appointment as the provider of applicant due diligence services to the Republic of Vanuatu in relation to their citizenship programme. Based in the UK, FACT Due Diligence is part of FACT Worldwide (‘FACT’), with operations supplying investigations, business intelligence, computer forensics and due diligence services to governments … Continued

News

IPTV service disrupted as part of illegal streaming crackdown

Worcester Trading Standards officers aided by West Mercia Police, in partnership with FACT and BT, executed a warrant on Tuesday 14 December as part of the continuing fight against illegal streaming. Officers visited two addresses in Worcester and seized a variety of equipment relating to the provision of internet protocol television (IPTV). At the main … Continued

News

Thirty months’ imprisonment for pirate software developer

In what is understood to be the first conviction of its type in the UK, a man who created and built a software package which enabled illegal access to BT Sport, SKY, Netflix and other subscription television content has been sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment. The software package or, ‘build’ he created … Continued