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.