Nina Hobson is a former undercover crime detective and TV journalist originating from the UK. Using her finely tuned skills Nina now operates a private investigation and bodyguard business. After 15 years as a detective she completely switched careers to radio and then TV, taking her skills, training and experience in surveillance, interrogation and informant-running to investigative journalism. Nina’s documentary Undercover Copper, and the behind-the-scenes footage received a number of award nominations including a BAFTA nomination. This was followed by a hit series Undercover Mum working undercover to expose organisations and individuals harming kids. Nina is an expert in both personal and corporate security, frequently called upon as an expert by the media. Nina’s remarkable story is personal, heart-warming and told with humour making you laugh and cry. She’s a fascinating and dynamic storyteller, motivating audiences in unexpected ways referencing her unique career and willingness to try, fail and try again.
Nina began her career in the UK in the Leicestershire Constabulary. She displayed tenacity and determination in her Police role with an interest in protection for dignitaries, child protection, undercover operations, surveillance and investigations. She worked on cases that involved kidnapping, murders, rapes, drugs raids, vice and deception.
She was the recipient of four commendations that she received in her role as a detective in CID and major crime. After 15 years in Policing Nina decided to explore her media skills and joined Leicester Sound FM Radio as a breakfast presenter. Determined to make the move to TV Nina walked the streets of London to every TV scout asking to be considered for a role in TV and was refused by all bar one who saw her potential.
Through hard work and determination, Nina made her break into TV as the presenter of a number of programs often with a controversial topic. It made sense to take her detective skills to television where she has put her training and experience in surveillance, interrogation and informant-running to good use in broadcast investigation and journalism. The most noted documentary being Undercover Copper, exposing corruption in the UK Police Force. This led to a further hit series Undercover Mum working undercover to reveal organisations and individuals harming UK kids. An accolade to Nina’s work was a nomination for UK Woman of the year in 2006. Her unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage in Undercover Copper resulted in a number of award nominations including a BAFTA nomination.
In 2008, Nina and her family relocated to Perth Western Australia where Nina became the Owner, and Executive Director of the highly successful investigations and security company. In 2014 Nina was one of 6 finalists of her category in the Telstra Woman Business Awards and the company was also a finalist in the small business category of the Telstra Business Awards.
In 2011, with a passion to help communities teach the next generation a way to stay safe on the internet, Nina created Space Safe Kidz, a unique and innovative project made by the students for the students. This project has been adopted in a number of schools and Nina has the aspiration to teach all students and parents in this ever growing mine field.
In an every changing world with new technology always on the horizon Nina is able to provide practical advice on how to keep your company and your assets safe and secure.
When you travel are you aware of the risks that you take or even just going about your day to day business, do you ever stop and give your own or your companies security a second thought. The answer to that would be no. You don’t have to be a board director to be a target or to be a security risk and that is something that is very often forgotten. What would be found if a digital footprint was conducted on you? Does anyone even know what a digital footprint is?
Nina helps provide some easy can do tips and adds some helpful hints in a none corporate manner with a pinch of humor and an occasional surprise to help you change the mindset of you and your personnel that it wont just ‘be right because it’s Australia’.
Nina has caught the attention of a number of event organiser’s recognising the impact of Nina’s story as an inspirational speaker. You have to hear Nina’s story to believe it. Her professional, enthusiastic and real life experiences inspire and motivate you as her talks make you laugh, cry and realise that we can all achieve so much.
I am most impressed with Nina’s sense of humour while presenting important factual personal experiences. We are inspired as audience to step outside of our comfort zone, to pursue our dreams and to be relevant to our community. In her speech, we are encouraged to think about how we can help others around us. I highly recommend Nina to speak about dealing with adversity and to arm with the skills, toolkits and mindset that are all necessary for the journey.
Hopgood Ganin Lawyers
Nina was fantastic and her presentation was riveting.
Ray White Geraldton
Nina Hobson was our Guest Speaker for women in building and Construction and it was without a doubt a winning event. We just kept asking for her to “please keep talking” as she was so interesting and inspiring. Her life history and her journey to where she is today had the ladies enthralled. We heard stories of her dangerous escapades and what else could we say but WOW, simply amazing! We have invited Nina back due the fantastic response.
Nina’s journey is such an unusual one, crossing many professions, cultures and international borders, and she is a champion for a number of worthwhile causes. Her honesty, passion and courage in the face of adversity shine through and make her an inspiring speaker.
Norton Rose Fulbright