|Lord Blair of Boughton Kt QPM MA (Oxon) Our Patron|
The CCA is justifiably proud to have as our Patron Lord Blair of Boughton, a Cross-bench Peer in the British House of Lords. As Sir Ian Blair, he was the most senior police officer in Britain, the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolitan Police (‘Scotland Yard’) from 2005-2008, having been the Deputy Commissioner for the preceding five years. In these posts, he was widely regarded as a leading exponent of police reform. He led the Metropolitan Police through the terrorist bombings of London in 2005. Lord Blair started his long and distinguished police career with the Metropolitan Police in 1974 and served in both uniform and CID. Rising through the ranks he held a number of senior officer posts with several police forces before his return to the Met.
Educated at Chester Cathedral Choir School, Lord Blair holds a MA in English Language and Literature from Christ Church, Oxford. He is currently a member of the faculties of criminology at the universities of both Oxford and Cambridge and has been a visiting professor at both New York University and John Jay College, New York. He is an Honorary Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, Oxford and has been a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Lincoln and has recently been appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton.
Knighted in 2003, Lord Blair was elevated to the House of Lords in 2009, where he was a member of the European Select Committee from 2013 to 2016. He is chairman of the Woolf Institute for the study of Abrahamic Faiths and a trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Lord Blair has a strong commitment to public and charitable service. He is the chairman of the Fabric Advisory Panel of Christ Church Cathedral and a trustee and former chairman of the Thames Valley Partnership. He is patron of a number of smaller charities and has been a trustee of the UK Tutu Foundation and of the St Paul’s Cathedral Trust.