Nazir Afzal

Nazir Afzal

Nazir Afzal OBE, was Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England and formerly Director in London. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners.

During his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others and led nationally on several legal topics, including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour-based violence. He had responsibility for more than 100,000 prosecutions each year. His prosecutions of the so-called “Rochdale grooming gang” and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and changed the landscape of child protection. (The acclaimed BBC Film “Three Girls” was based on this case.)

His memoirs, “The Prosecutor” (published in 2020), are currently being adapted for a British multi-part drama. He has been commissioned to write his next book “Race to the Top” for September 2022. His BBC Radio 4 ‘Desert Island Discs’ programme was the second most listened to in 2021 – (see

Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector. He has made presentations to dozens of diverse organisations in this country and abroad. He has given hundreds of interviews in all forms of media.

Nazir gives a considerable amount of time to charitable work and is trustee and patron of several NGOs, including ServiceSix, DVAssist, Jan Trust, Samantha Sykes Foundation, Karma Nirvana, Halo Project & SaveraUK – and he was also Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Trust.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and Glyndwyr University, and awarded Honorary Doctorates in Law by the University of Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Leicester Universities. He has chaired conferences in New York, Madrid, Paris, Norway and Geneva. He has assisted the Governments of Somalia, Ukraine and Pakistan on Rule of Law reform.

Nazir has received many accolades – in 2005 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work. He has also had the honour of being the only lawyer to ever prosecute a case before the Queen. In 2007, he received the UK Government’s Justice Award 2007 and was awarded the Daily Mirror newspaper “People’s Award” (voted for by its readers).

Nazir was also selected for the Asian Power 100 along with the Muslim Power 100 list, recognised as one of the 100 most influential leading Muslims and Asians in the UK. He is listed in the Pakistan Power100, which regards him as one of the 100 most influential people of Pakistani origin in the world today. He was Asian Media Group’s “Man of the Year 2012.”

Positions held:

– He is Chair of Hopwood Hall FE College
– He sits on the Independent Press Standards Organisation
– He is National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government
– He is an independent member of Oxfam’s Safeguarding and Ethics Committee
– He is a trustee of Association of Safeguarding Partners
– He sits on the National Police Ethics Committee
– He was appointed the first ever independent Chair of the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding Agency
– He is the new chair of the Independent Review of Culture of London Fire Brigade
– He is a new trustee of the WOW foundation