Lord Geoffrey Dear, Ex-Police Commissioner
Geoffrey Dear has pursued three quite distinct, and separate, careers. Having joined as a constable, he held some of the most senior positions in the British Police Service, at different times being responsible for counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence and combatting organised crime. He was Head of Operations in London and later commanded the biggest provincial police force in the UK. He was described by the broadcaster and writer, Sir Robin Day, as the “best known and most respected police officer of his generation”.
On leaving the police, he conducted a number of high profile reviews for central Government, then served on a number of Boards of Public Limited Companies as a non-executive chairman or director.
He was knighted in 1997, and granted a peerage in 2006 when he entered the House of Lords, where he sits as a Cross Bencher (ie: politically independent). He has been successful in personally securing a number of major changes in legislation, especially in the field of fundamental legal rights.
The Lord Dear is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):
He has an honours degree in law from University College London, is a bencher of Gray’s Inn, holds the Queen’s Police Medal and the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery and was Vice Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.