The Right Honourable Sir Peter Gibson, Chair
Sir Peter Gibson was called to the Bar in 1960 and practised as a Chancery barrister until 1981 when he was appointed a High Court Judge and assigned to the Chancery Division. He also served as a judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal from 1984 to 1986. He was the Chairman of the Law Commission from 1990 to 1992. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1993 when he was made a Privy Counsellor. He has been an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford since 1993. He was the Treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn in 1996. He served as a Lord Justice of Appeal until he retired in 2005 but continued to sit in the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from time to time until 2009. Sir Peter was the Intelligence Services Commissioner from 2006 to 2010. He has been a judge of the Civil and Commercial Court of the Qatar Financial Centre since 2007. He was appointed Chairman of the Detainee Inquiry on 6 July 2010.
The Right Honourable Dame Janet Pareskeva DBE
Janet Paraskeva began her career as a teacher, going on to work for a number of years in Youth and Community work, establishing and becoming the first Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency and creating the European Confederation of Youth Club Organisations. She worked as an education Inspector for the Inner London Education Authority and was also HM Inspector of Schools. She was the first Director for England of the National Lottery Charities Board and went on to be the first Chief Executive of the Law Society. Her other previous roles include membership of the boards of a number of public and academic organisations; more recently she has been a non-executive director on the board of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Chair of the Child Exploitation and On-line Centre. From January 2006 to December 2010 she was the First Civil Service Commissioner. She is also currently the first Chair of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, Chair of the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Chair of the development charity Plan UK.
The Right Honourable Peter Riddell
Peter Riddell is a part-time Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government as well as a freelance commentator and broadcaster, chair of the Hansard Society and a Governor of Dulwich College. He was appointed to the Privy Council in July 2010 in order to serve on the Panel of the Detainee Inquiry. Peter is on the HEFCE panel for politics and international studies for Research Excellence Framework review 2011-14. Until June 2010, Peter was a journalist for nearly 40 years: on the Financial Times from 1970 until 1991; and from 1991 until 2010 on The Times, as chief political commentator. He has written seven books on British politics. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; holds two Honorary Doctorates of Literature (Edinburgh and Greenwich); and was among first recipients of first British Academy Presidential Medal, 2010.