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Alex Carlile, Baron Carlile of Berriew
Honourary Professor

Alex Carlile was born in Wales in 1948. After education at Epsom College he graduated LLB AKC at King’s College London. Lord Carlile was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn (where he is  a Bencher) in 1970 and became a Q.C. in 1984, at the age of 36.  Until 2009 he was the Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford.  He sat as a Recorder of the Crown Court, a Deputy High Court Judge, and Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Between 2001-2011, he was the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation; the Independent Reviewer of the Government’s new PREVENT policy and the independent reviewer of National Security policy in Northern Ireland. In August 2019 he was appointed to prepare a review of the policy and performance of PREVENT.

Lord Carlile was appointed a Life Peer in 1999 and was awarded the CBE in 2012 for services to national security. He is a founder director of SC Strategy Ltd, a strategy and foreign/public policy consultancy, which he owns and runs with the former MI6 Chief Sir John Scarlett. He has written many published reports on counter-terrorism issues.

Until recently he was also the President of The Security Institute.