The Detectives - Isla
Isla is one of our success stories, having carved out a place for herself as a skillful, competent and lateral thinking Investigator who can adapt to almost any situation.
In the last year her challenges have been almost endless - acting the part of a 15 year old schoolgirl to gain information from a sports coach, working undercover in central London, spending long hours on surveillance, serving legal papers, cataloguing the results of computer forensics, pairing with her work friend Ailsa to act a same-sex couple in an information exercise, and testing out stores to see if they ID check in the manner they should; these are just a few examples from a very long list
That list doesn't escape attention. Isla quickly became tagged as "the UK's youngest Private Eye", feeling confident enough to talk (retaining confidentiality) on Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC News, interviews with the Sunday Times and The Metro, with Henry Kelly on BBC radio and other stations, and to be interviewed by a Brighton newspaper and Bliss Magazine. Despite acting undercover we are very open as a company - it offers reassurance to clients that they know who we are and what we do.
When just 17 Isla began working part-time on our Challenge 21 programme, mystery shopping licensed retailers to see if they would sell alcohol without properly checking for ID. Being one of those rare people who actually likes tidying and organising (bedroom floors excepted) she demonstrated such an aptitude for organising the massive amount of information that comes from visiting 100+ stores in a week that she was asked if she would like to work part-time after college hours. Having finished her A levels 2 months later she started full-time
In common with Marnie, Isla has stood up and presented to many business clubs and groups; her most nerve wracking occasion was when she spoke to a club of which her grandmother is a member while possibly the most memorable was talking to a Rotary attended by Peter Heims, a respected member of our profession since the 1950's and, at 84, known as "the world's oldest private eye", and surprised to be addressed by the country's youngest.
Another profile of Isla can be seen here:
Our group of young detectives support other specialists and are involved in many areas of investigation such as:
Employee and HR issues
Prevention of Drink Spiking
Tel: 01483 200999 or 0207 158 0332