Nazir Afzal

Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners for England & Wales

Nazir is Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners for England & Wales, who control the £8 billion budget for policing & community safety. He was Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and formerly Director in London. During his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including Violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He has advised UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection particularly girls. He is now also advising several governments and institutions on radicalisation and extremism and capacity building on justice issues on behalf of the Foreign Office and United Nations. He is a consultant to BBC, ITV and Sky on criminal justice.

He is Pro Chancellor of Brunel University and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, Honorary Lecturer at University of Manchester and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Birmingham.