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Professor Nick Hardwick

Senior Justice Associate

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Nick Hardwick has held a part-time role as Professor in Criminal Justice at the School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London since 2016. His research and teaching interests now reflect his previous career, and centre on criminal justice accountability mechanisms, youth justice and parole. He combines this with consultancy projects on prisons and criminal justice accountability projects in the UK, Europe and Central Asia.

Nick has had a number of senior roles in the criminal justice system. He was Chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales from 2016-2018, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons from 2010 to 2016, and from 2003 to 2010, the first Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The first half of his career was in the voluntary sector, working with young offenders for the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), and leading Centrepoint, the charity for young homeless people, as Chief Executive of the Refugee Council.


He is Vice Chair of Prisoners Abroad, a board member of the Independent Custody Visitors Association, and a patron of the Zahid Mubarek Trust and Unlock.


He has honorary doctorates from Leeds Beckett University, the University of Hull and the University of Wolverhampton, and is an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. Nick was awarded a CBE in 2010.

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