George Hosking

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George Hosking
Born George Dunne Cameron Hosking
Template:27 December 1943
Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Scotland
Awards OBE
Academic background
Alma mater Glasgow University, London University, Birmingham University, Nottingham Trent University
Academic work
Institutions WAVE Trust (founder)
Main interests Economist, accountant, psychologist, and clinical criminologist
Notable works The strategic management of costs (1993); Violence and what to do about it (2005, with Ita Walsh); International experience of early intervention for children, young people and their families (2010, with Ita Walsh); Conception to age 2 - the age of opportunity (2013, with Sally Burlington and Ita Walsh)
Notable ideas to solve deep-seated problems you must first understand the root causes, then tackle those root causes

George Dunne Cameron Hosking OBE (born 27 December 1943 in Bowmore, in the Hebridean island of Islay)[1] is a British Quaker, economist, accountant, psychologist, and clinical criminologist[1] who founded WAVE Trust in 1996.


He graduated with an Honours M.A. degree in Political Economy with Economic History from Glasgow University in 1966; qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1969 (later becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, FCMA); graduated with a First Class Honours B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Birkbeck College, London University, in 1983; with a PG Diploma in Clinical Criminology from Birmingham University in 1998; and with an Advanced PG Diploma in the Management of Psychological Trauma from Nottingham Trent University in 2000.


Hosking has been successful in taking WAVE Trust from a small organization chatting about how to tackle the root causes of violence[2] in internet chat rooms, to being WAVE adviser to the UK Home Office[citation needed], Prime Minister's Strategy Unit[citation needed], Metropolitan Police[citation needed], Centre for Social Justice[citation needed] and Scottish Violence Reduction Unit[citation needed] on violence reduction. The World Health Organisation have commended WAVE’s groundbreaking work[citation needed] and WAVE has become part of WHO’s global Violence Prevention Alliance[3]

Hosking has looked at how to tackle violence at it roots by identifying and understanding root causes, rather than operating on symptoms. His consultancy has helped transform profitability for well-known international companies.[citation needed]

Hosking has been doing therapeutic work with violent criminals both in prison and after release. To date none of his clients have re-offended with violence[citation needed], in or out of prison.

Hosking was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to reducing violence, particularly child abuse.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Leading Questions: George Hosking, chief executive, WAVE". The Observer. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Townsend, Mark (16 October 2005). "Violence blamed on teenage mums". The Observer. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
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  4. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b13.