External reference group
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Biographies of the External Reference Group members and the Terms of Reference for the Group.
External Reference Group Members:
Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE PC was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1955. She was appointed a Registrar at the Principal Registry of the Family Division in 1970. In 1979, she became the fourth woman to be appointed as a High Court judge.
In 1988, she became the first woman appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal (judge of the Court of Appeal), having chaired the Cleveland child abuse inquiry in the previous year. In 1999, she became President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice, the first woman to hold this position and the highest-ranking woman judge in the United Kingdom.
She became Chancellor of the University of the West of England in 1993 and is an Honorary Fellow of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, King’s College London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal Society of Medicine.
She was advanced to the rank of Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours.
In 2006 she was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent peer.
She chaired the Commission to recommend the appointment of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002.
She was Chairman of the Security Commission until 2005.
On 4 August 2006 she was appointed to the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved for a period of five years.
She is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Baroness Lola Young
Baroness Lola Young was formerly Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority and before that Professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University: she is currently a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, Honorary Associate Fellow at Warwick University and a Member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics.
She has served on several boards in the arts and voluntary sector, and is currently Chair of Nitro Theatre Company, a Non-Executive Director of The National Archives and a member of the Southbank Centre Board of Directors. As well as chairing the judging panels for major prizes such as the Orange Prize and the Caine Prize, Baroness Young has peer-reviewed the Arts Council of England and the UK Film Council and served as an advisor to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
She has written and broadcast extensively on culture, identity, film, arts and media, and advised national organisations on culture and diversity issues.
She was awarded an OBE in 2001 and appointed as a life peer in 2004.
Baroness Young founded Cultural Brokers (arts and heritage consultancy) in 2004 and has completed working on a major national programme of artists’ commissions concerned with the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British colonies – Freedom and Culture that cumulated with the International Creative Forum at the Southbank Centre in November 2007. She has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences, events, including the United Nations, academic institutions, and creative/arts/media conferences.
Baroness Young is a member of the House of Lords’ EU Sub-committee G on Social Policy and Consumer Affairs.
Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes
Meredydd Hughes joined the South Wales Constabulary in 1979 on leaving university. While predominately serving in uniform operational duties at all levels, he has also worked as the force crime prevention officer; as an authorised firearms officer; as an IT project manager and on secondment to HMIC at the Home Office.
He was transferred to West Yorkshire Police in 1995 as a superintendent, which saw him take up the post of divisional commander in the Calder Valley. This was followed by two years as the commander of the operational support division, where he was responsible for units as diverse as the air support unit, search and firearms teams, and the mounted section. During this time he was also silver commander at Leeds United FC, and led cross-border operations and major firearms incidents.
Promoted in 1999 to assistant chief constable in Greater Manchester Police, he initially took responsibility for IT, criminal justice, and communications. In September 2000, he took charge of the uniform operations portfolio, and in that role led the policing of numerous public order and major sporting events, including two England football internationals, and commanded the successful planning and delivery of the Commonwealth Games.
He was promoted to deputy chief constable in South Yorkshire in September 2002 and to chief constable in September 2004.
Nationally, he played the leading role for ACPO in the uniformed operations business area and was ACPO vice chair for support to the Olympic Games 2012.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2006 New Year Honours.
Off duty, his hobbies include rock climbing and mountaineering, running, and mountain biking.
Professor Julian Roberts
Julian Roberts is currently professor of criminology (faculty of law) at the University of Oxford.
He is the editor of the European Journal of Criminology. His research interests include: sentencing; public opinion about crime and criminal justice; restorative justice; victims and the criminal justice system. His most recent books include: “Punishing Persistent Offenders” and “Understanding Public Attitudes to Criminal Justice”.
Vic Hogg is the deputy director general of the Crime and Policing Group and is responsible for a wide range of policy and delivery functions across the crime reduction and policing landscape. He has worked in this area of the Home Office for the past 10 years, having previously filled Director posts, leading on:
- the National Drugs Strategy;
- the Police Workforce Strategy; and
- policing Policy and Operations.
Vic joined the Civil Service following a brief spell in banking. His career has covered the Ministry of Defence, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Home Office and a variety of high profile responsibilities including policy, operations, financial management and HR.
Professor Peter Waddington
Peter Waddington is professor of social policy at the policy research institute, the University of Wolverhampton.
In the aftermath of the July 2005 London terrorist bombings he was invited to chair the Metropolitan Police Authority’s consultation exercise on ‘Policing Terror Together’ at Central Hall, Westminster. He has also given invited talks at the Labour Party Conference and Police Federation Conference.
Professor Waddington is a founder member of a 13-country academic research collaboration (the International Consortium on Police Use of Force), elected as co-editor of the mongraph Police Talking About Force, published by Springer in 2008.
He served as habilitation referee for the Free University of Berlin, and externally examined PhDs at the Universities of Oxford, Surrey, Aberdeen, Plymouth, and Glamorgan, as well as the London School of Economics, Queensland University of Technology (Australia), University of New England (Canberra, Australia), and Brunei University. He has given invited papers in Germany, Venezuela, Brazil, Oman, Tasmania, Washington DC, Florida, The Hague, Vancouver, Gothenburg.
Mike Granatt CB FCIPR FRSA
Mike Granatt is a partner in City consultancy Luther Pendragon, where he specialises in crisis management, and risk and crisis communication.
Mike’s career started in journalism, on specialist journals and on newspapers in Kent. He joined the Department of Employment in 1979, moving on to the Home Office and the Department of Energy.
Between 1986 and 1988, he was director of communication or its equivalent at the Department of Energy, the Metropolitan Police Service, the Department of the Environment and the Home Office.
In 1996 at the Home Office, he established the national Media Emergency Forum, which brings together government, the news media, and the key emergency and public services to review and plan for public information flow during crises and the aftermath of disaster. He chaired the forum until 2003.
In 1998 he joined the Cabinet Office where he served as director-general of the Government Information and Communication Service, and set up and led the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat.
Currently, Mike chairs the UK Press Card Authority (the industry body which supervises the national newsgatherers’ identity scheme). He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a senior associate fellow at the Defence Academy of the UK, and a trustee of Mary Hare School and Deafness Research UK.
Mike was appointed a Companion of the Bath in 2001.