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 Juliet Lyon CBE – Chair  Juliet Lyon CBE Photo





Juliet Lyon is Chair of the Panel and took up post on 1st September 2016. She is a visiting Professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and Vice President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Previously Juliet was Director of the Prison Reform Trust and Secretary General of Penal Reform International. She has worked in mental health managing Richmond Fellowship halfway houses and in education as teacher in charge of a psychiatric unit school. Early in her career, she was a foster parent. Juliet has acted as an independent advisor to ChildLine and to a number of government reviews including the Halliday review of the sentencing framework, Corston review of vulnerable women in the justice system and Bradley review of mental health and learning disability.

Panel Members

Deborah Coles is Director of INQUEST. She is An experienced strategic thinker and lobbyist for social justice with  particular expertise on the investigation of deaths in custody and detention and the treatment of bereaved people in the UK and internationally. She joined the IAP on 1 July 2018.


Seena Fazel is a Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science, and honorary consultant forensic psychiatrist for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. He works clinically in a local prison. His main research interests are on suicidal behaviour in prisoners, mental health of prisoners, and risk assessment in criminal justice and mental health. He joined the IAP on 1 July 2018.



Jennifer Shaw is Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Her research interests include suicide primarily within the criminal justice system, homicide and the mental health of prisoners. She has over thirty years’ experience working clinically in the NHS.  She joined the IAP on 1 July 2018.



Jenny Talbot has undertaken significant research on people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system; she works for the Prison Reform Trust. She joined the IAP on 1 July 2018.



John Wadham is a human rights lawyer and currently chair of the National Preventative Mechanism set up by the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, which brings together 21 statutory bodies monitoring detention in all forms of state custody in the UK. He joined the IAP on 1 July 2018.


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