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Lord Toby Harris was Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel from 2008 to 2015.

He was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers. He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing and Treasurer of the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR). He is also a member of the Joint Select Committee on the National Security Strategy.He was a member of Haringey Council from 1978 to 2002 and was its Leader from 1987 to 1999, having previously spent five years as Chair of Social Services. He was Chair of the Association of London Government, representing the 33 local authorities in London, from its formation in 1995 until 2000, having previously chaired the Association of London Authorities. He was the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) between 2000 and 2004, the Home Secretary’s Representative between 2004 and 2012 and a member of the Executive of the Association of Police Authorities from 2000 to 2006.



Deborah Coles

Deborah Coles is co-director of INQUEST, a charity providing expertise on contentious deaths and their investigation with a particular focus on custodial deaths. She leads its policy, legal and strategic work and is called upon as an expert to numerous committees and inquiries including the IPCC Review on investigation of Article 2 deaths and Baroness Corston’s review of women in the criminal justice system. She has expertise in specialist areas including coronial reform, policing, human rights compliant investigations, family engagement, traumatic bereavement, juvenile and youth justice, race and gender and criminal justice.She delivers conference papers nationally and internationally and is author of numerous articles and publications and is a regular media commentator.Deborah was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel from 2009 to 2015, leading its work stream on cross sector learning, equalities and family liaison.



Richard Shepherd

Dr Richard Shepherd is Consultant Forensic Pathologist at St George’s Hospital in London and Royal Liverpool Hospital and a leading forensic pathologist in the field of deaths during restraint, with experience of deaths in all forms of custody, including natural, suicidal and homicidal causes.Richard was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009 to 2015, leading the IAP workstream on the use of physical restraint.



Philip Leach

Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. He is a former Legal Director of Liberty. He has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights, in particular against the UK, Turkey, Russia and other former Soviet states. He is on the Editorial Board of European Human Rights Law Review, a Trustee of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Human Dignity Trust.Philip was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009 to 2015, leading on its work relating to Article 2-compliant investigations.



Simon Armson

Simon Armson is a clinical psychotherapist, a Mental Health Act Commissioner and a Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He is also a Mental Health Act Manager at a large London Mental Health NHS Trust. He chaired the Mental Health Act Commission for a period in 2008/09. From 1989 to 2004, he was Chief Executive of the Samaritans, having worked as a Samaritan volunteer for 31 years, and was instrumental in developing that organisation’s work in prisons. He has a particular interest in mental health and suicide prevention.
Simon was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009 to 2014, leading the IAP workstream on the deaths of patients detained under the Mental Health Act.



Dr Peter Dean

Dr Peter Dean is an experienced coroner in Suffolk and Essex and a Forensic Medical Examiner with the MPS, with a background in general practice. He has knowledge and experience of deaths in police and prison custody and has provided advice, guidance and training to police custody staff for some years.
Dr Dean was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009 to 2014, leading on the IAP workstream on the risks relating to the transfer and escorting of detainees.



Professor Stephen Shute

Professor Stephen Shute is Head of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex. He is a leading academic in the field of criminal law and criminal justice, in particular on prison issues but also undertaking recent research into ethnic minorities in the criminal courts. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board on Joint Inspection in the Criminal Justice System and the Management Board of the CPS Inspectorate. He is also Chairs the Crime Statistics Advisory Committee.
Professor Shute was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009 to 2014, leading the IAP workstream on information flow through the criminal justice system.



Kate Lampard CBE 

Kate Lampard spent 13 years in practice as a barrister before moving into the public sector where she held a number of non-executive appointments. She now undertakes investigation and consultancy work related to organisational, management and service arrangements and their effectiveness. Kate worked on a lessons learnt report for the Secretary of State for Health arising from the publication of the Jimmy Savile investigations.

Kate has previously been the chair of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority, vice chair of the South of England Strategic Health Authority and a non-executive director and vice chair of the Financial Ombudsman Service Limited. She is a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.  Kate was Interim Chair  of the IAP from Autumn 2015 to Summer 2016.


Matilda MacAttram

 Matilda MacAttram is founder and director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), a human rights campaigns group established in 2006 to raise awareness and address the stigma associated with mental illness in the UK’s African Caribbean communities.  She is a member of the Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Mental Health and Equalities, as well as the Care Quality Commissions’ Annual Mental Health Act Report Expert Advisory Group.  Matilda is also a fellow of the United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care.

Also a journalist and public speaker, she is frequently asked to comment in print and broadcast media on issues arising from BMH UK’s work. Matilda was a member of the IAP from 2014 to 2017.


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