Lord Paul Bew


Lord Bew was appointed as Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on 1 September 2013. His term will end on 31 August 2018.

Lord Bew joined Queen’s University Belfast in 1979 and was made Professor of Irish Politics in 1991. He acted as historical adviser to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry between 1998 and 2001 and was appointed as a non-party-political peer by the independent House of Lords Appointments Commission in February 2007 following his contributions to the Good Friday Agreement. In 2007 he served on the Local London Authority Bill Select Committee and in 2011 served on the Joint Committee on the Defamation Bill, which addressed key issues of academic freedom. He chaired the independent review of Key Stage 2 (SATs) provision in England which reported in 2011 and was accepted by the Government. He also served on the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege which produced its report in July 2013. Lord Bew is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. Among Lord Bew’s many publications is the Ireland volume of the Oxford History of Modern Europe.


The Chair is responsible for leading the committee in:

  • advising the Prime Minister about standards of conduct of all holders of public office
  • making recommendations for change to ensure the highest standards in public life

The Chair also:

  • leads and manages the work programme
  • acts as a spokesperson for the committee
  • consults with the relevant parliamentary committees and regulators


  1. Delivering on core policing values - leadership and accountability
  2. Lord Bew's speech at the Annual Governance Conference of Lawyers in Local Government
  3. Lord Bew's speech at the OECD Policy Forum “Restoring Trust in Government: Addressing Risks of Influence in Public Decision Making”