Policy Exchange appoints Peter Clarke and John Larkin QC as Senior Fellows

Mar 9, 2021

Policy Exchange is delighted to announce the appointment of two Senior Fellows, Peter Clarke and John Larkin QC.

Peter Clarke – who will be working on counter-extremism, prison reform and wider criminal justice policy – recently stepped down as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. He is a retired senior police officer, who served with the Metropolitan Police for more than three decades.

He retired from the position of Assistant Commissioner, having served as Head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch and National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations.

In 2014, he was appointed Education Commissioner for Birmingham to conduct an inquiry into the allegations concerning Birmingham schools arising from the “Trojan Horse” letter.

He also served on the Board of the Charity Commission.

John Larkin QC – who will contribute to the work of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, among other research areas – was Attorney General for Northern Ireland from May 2010 to June 2020.

Educated at Queen’s University Belfast, he was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in Michaelmas term 1986 and later to the Bar of Ireland.

Between 1989 and 1991 he was Reid Professor of Criminal Law in Trinity College Dublin. He took silk in Michaelmas term 2001. John remains in private practice in Northern Ireland, working mainly in public and commercial law.

His publications for Policy Exchange include The ECHR and the Future of Northern Ireland’s Past and Ten Ways to Improve the Overseas Operations Bill (with Professor Richard Ekins).

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