David Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Criminology and the founding Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. Prior to taking up an academic appointment in 1997, David was a Prison Governor and at 29 became the youngest governing governor in England.
He worked at Grendon, Wormwood Scrubs and at Woodhill in Milton Keynes - where he helped to design and then ran the two units for the 12 most violent prisoners in the country, which brought him into contact with many recent serial killers. David regularly appears in the print and broadcast media as a commentator and presenter. His most recent documentary was the critically acclaimed Interview with a Murderer for Channel 4 in June 2016. In 2017 the documentary won the Broadcast Award and the Royal Television Society Award.
Professor Wilson regularly gives public, school and university lectures.
David's latest series Voice of a Serial Killer began on CBS Reality on 1st November 2017 and he also appeared on the University Challenge Christmas Special in December 2017. He is currently filming for the BBC and Channel 4.
"In journalistic parlance, Professor David Wilson is an accredited source. He is the default repository for an intelligent quote, in-depth analysis and rounded perspectives on crime and the world which it inhabits. The road to this unofficial accreditation is built on excellence, availability and willingness to bring his expertise to a wider audience with all the risks that entails”
Donal MacIntyre, 2014