Nicholas Hardwick
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Personal profile

Personal profile

Nick moved to a part-time role at Royal Holloway in February 2016 after a career leading organisations in the voluntary sector and UK criminal justice system.

Previous roles include:

  • Chief Executive Centrepoint 1986-1995
  • Chief Executive British Refugee Council 1995-2003
  • Executive Chair Independent Police Complaints Commission 2003-2010
  • Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales/Chair UK National Preventive Mechanism 2010-2016
  • Chair Parole Board for England and Wales 2016-2018

Nick is Vice-Chair of Prisoners Abroad, a board member of the Independent Custody Visitors Association, a trustee of the London Housing Foundation, a trustee of the Middle Temple Charity and a patron of the Zahid Mubarek Trust.

Nick's role at Royal Holloway gives him the opportunity to follow long term research interests, principally around criminal justice accountability systems and youth custody. In addition to his teaching and research roles he provides expert advice and support on his research interests to NGOs, international human rights bodies and governments throughout the world.  In addition to his teaching and research, Nick is the Director of External Engagement for the School of Law and Social Sciences.




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Chair, New Horizon Youth Centre

29 Feb 2016 → …

Vice Chair, Prisoners Abroad

31 Mar 0001 → …


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