Sir Paul Stephenson (former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service)
After almost 36 years as a police officer, Sir Paul retired from the service in July 2011, having held senior command positions in Merseyside, Lancashire and London. During his tenure as Chief Constable of Lancashire he was the national Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Committee. His time in Lancashire saw the organisation being rated as one of the leading forces in England and Wales and during his period as Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) he presided over real falls in key crimes whilst effecting significant service cost reductions.
As one of the most experienced police leaders in the country and senior UK police officer as the Commissioner of the MPS, he has advised UK governments on issues ranging from counter terrorism to serious organised crime and national police improvements. Sir Paul has served as Trustee for a number of charities, including currently Crimestoppers UK. He now divides his time between a small number of consultancy and executive directorship roles, along with country sports and family pursuits.
Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. Commenced 1st March 2017. Responsible for reviewing the Terrorism Acts and associated legislation, reporting annually to Parliament. This is a significant but part-time position; independence is underlined by the fact that there is no contract of employment. The Independent Reviewer remains a self-employed QC and barrister. Current Head of Red Lion Chambers; Leader of the South Eastern Circuit of the Bar 2014 – December 2016. Chairman of the Kalisher Trust. Bencher of Middle Temple. Former Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. Called 1987, appointed Recorder 2004, Queen's Counsel 2008.
Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner
Dany joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.
She has served in a number of different roles and departments including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high profile operational incidents including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017 and in the first six months of her role led the Brigade during major incidents including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police and National Lead for Counter Terrorism
Neil Basu is the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations (ACSO) in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the senior officer in charge of Counter Terrorism (CT) policing in the UK; a position he has held since March 2018. Prior to this he was the UK Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism and led on the policing contribution to the Government’s CONTEST strategy for Pursue and Prevent. Whilst in this role he has led the national policing response to the five terrorist attacks and the fourteen disrupted attack plots since March 2017. Neil has been at the forefront of Counter Terrorism policing during an unprecedented shift in threat and has been instrumental in strengthening police capability, an increasing join-up with community policing, closer working with intelligence partners and an increase in preventative interventions to counter radicalisation.
As ACSO, he represents CT Policing in its engagement with Government on operational and policy issues associated with tackling terrorism, espionage and proliferation. This portfolio also includes responsibility for the investigation of War Crime, Official Secrets Act offences and protection of VIPs, Royals, Embassies and Parliament.