Lord (Alex) Carlile of Berriew was appointed in July 2015 as a Member of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information. He was the Liberal/Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire from 1983 to 1997. He served as spokesperson on a range of issues, including home affairs and the law, and was Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 1992 to 1997.
Lord Carlile was a founding member of the All-Party War Crimes Group. He chaired the Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament on mental health legislation. He was appointed a Life Peer in 1999 and was awarded the CBE in 2012 for services to national security.
Lord Carlile was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1970 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. He was Head of Chambers for 9-12 Bell Yard until 2007. From 2001 to 2011, he was the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and the Independent Reviewer of the government’s REVENT policy. From 2004 to 2012, he was a Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is the Independent reviewer of National Security policy in Northern Ireland.
Lord Carlile is the Chairman of the Lloyd’s of London Enforcement Board and is a non-executive director of Wynnstay Group plc. He is also the President of The Security Institute, a Fellow of King’s College London, and a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust.
Lord Carlile is a member of the boards of numerous charities including the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College and The White Ensign Association. He was a co-founder of the Welsh charity Rekindle. He is chairman of the not-for-profit company Design for Homes and is a founding director of SC Strategy Ltd, a strategy and public policy consultancy.
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