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Nazir Afzal OBE

Former Chief Executive
Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, and Former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England

Mr Nazir Afzal OBE is former Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Nazir became Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England in 2011 leading teams responsible for some of the highest profile cases in the country, including the child grooming case in Rochdale and the prosecution of Stuart Hall. He made history as the first Muslim to be appointed to such a position and was Britain’s most senior lawyer within the Crown Prosecution Service. As one of the 13 chief crown prosecutors in England and Wales, he was responsible for more than 100,000 prosecutions a year and managed 800 lawyers and paralegals. Nazir joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1991. During his time at the CPS he was the operational and policy lead for child abuse, hate crime including disability, violence against women and honour-based violence. Awarded an OBE in 2004 for his services to law and the local community, Mr Afzal is currently Pro Chancellor Brunel University, and works as an independent advisor on criminal justice.