Gavin was Deputy Director of the Police Foundation from May 2014 to May 2017. Before joining the Foundation, Gavin was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (Birkbeck College, London) working on a study of misconduct by chief police officers for the College of Policing. Gavin has extensive experience as a researcher working on policing, crime and justice issues, including studies of gun crime, the policing of cannabis possession in London, and reoffending by offenders on community orders. He has previously worked as a consultant for NatCen Social Research, and for the University of Essex, the Metropolitan Police Strategic Research Unit, and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (University of Portsmouth). Between 2007 and 2010 he spent two years living in Yemen, where he conducted research on armed violence. Gavin has an MA in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh.