HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

HMCIP Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke CVO OBE QPM

Peter Clarke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1977 after graduating in Law from Bristol University. He served in a variety of uniformed and detective roles in London, including commanding the Brixton Division, and Staff Officer to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

After serving as Deputy Director of HR for the 45,000 employees of the Metropolitan Police, in May 2002 he was appointed as Head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch at New Scotland Yard and National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations, leading the investigation into all acts of terrorism in the UK and against British interests overseas. He retired from the police service from the position of Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations in 2008.

In 2009 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to be a member of the UK National Security Forum, created to advise Government on the implementation of the UK National Security Strategy. In addition to holding a number of advisory and consultative roles in the private sector, he was a non-executive Director of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency from 2009-13. In 2014 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to be the Education Commissioner for Birmingham with a specific remit to investigate alleged Islamist infiltration of schools. He became a member of the Board of the Charity Commission in 2013, and is a trustee of the Crimestoppers charity. He has been a Fellow of the Center for Law and Security at New York University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by the University of Bristol in 2008.

Peter Clarke was appointed as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in 2016.

Peter Clarke’s annual salary is £135,000 and he is a member of the Civil Service Pensions alpha scheme. Peter pays 8.05% of his salary into the scheme.