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Lord Blair of Boughton

Former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Lord Blair is an experienced and forthright speaker, who can cover topics such as security, change management and leadership with authority. In his keynotes and workshops, he considers a range of threats from Internet crime to foreign and home-grown terrorism, corruption and drug abuse.

Lord Blair of Boughton is one of the UK’s most informed experts on strategic policing and security, business leadership and change management. His extensive experience spans over three decades and takes in senior leadership positions, including Chief Constable of the Surrey Police, Deputy Commissioner and then 24th Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard. An experienced and compelling public speaker, Lord Blair is now in great demand for corporate events as a keynote speaker.

Lord Blair was instrumental in the transformation of the Met’s organisational structure and the 53,000-strong police workforce. He pioneered the introduction of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), the largest ever expansion of community policing in London, and led initiatives that significantly increased minority recruitment. He represented the Met as its spokesperson in politics and the media throughout his tenure, including during the London bombings of 2005.

Lord Blair delivered an excellently presented, succinct and engaging address. He encompassed the aim as well as all learning outcomes
Scottish Police Service Authority

After retiring from the police force in 2008, Lord Blair published his autobiography, Policing Controversy, in 2009. His unique experience ‘at the coal face’, balancing operational requirements with political and media pressures in his role as Met Commissioner, has seen him become an engaging and informed speaker and writer. He has long experience in public speaking, including the 2005 Dimbleby Lecture, with his passionate views and expertise sought widely by leaders and decision-makers in policing, business, politics and academia. He also appears often as a media commentator, having presented a documentary on the ‘Future of Policing’ for BBC Newsnight and contributing to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme during the 2015 General Election.

Oxford-educated, Lord Blair holds honorary positions at several Oxford colleges and in 2010 he became the co-director of a training programme for senior police executives in India, led by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.

He is a trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation and chair of the Thames Valley Partnership, an Oxfordshire-based criminal justice charity. In 2010, Sir Ian Blair became Lord Blair of Boughton, a crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. He is also Chair of the Wolf Institute a research centre dedicated to interfaith exploration.

Former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard, Lord Blair is an engaging and informed speaker able to cover current affairs, crisis management, leadership and strategic change. 

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What people said about Lord Blair of Boughton

His content and delivery were insightful, thought provoking, tailored to our audience and delivered in an engaging way.
Immediate Past President, SOCITM
From conversations with delegates, I am pleased to say that his presentation was very well received and stimulated much discussion.
SOCITM Events Activity Group Chair
Lord Blairs contribution was excellent; very thoughtful with the audience saying how interesting and surprising his views were.
Director of Artichoke
Topic: Key Aspects of Leadership. Lord Blair delivered an excellently presented, succinct and engaging address. He encompassed the aim as well as all the learning outcomes we asked of him for our Senior Leadership Programme. Not only did our Superintendents rank this as a highly motivational event but it was well received by all others in the audience. This included Chief Constables, Army Officers, Heads of Force Training Departments.
Leadership Master Class at Scottish Police College
Lord Blair gave an unrivalled level of insight into leading under the most difficult of situations. His understanding of the challenges facing both managers and organisations is exceptional and more importantly he passed on his personal experience of leadership in an extremely engaging and informative way.
Lincoln University Business School
We were very pleased to see such a breadth of interests represented and the comments that we have had back have been very positive.
Westminster Legal Policy Forum
Lord Blair was an excellent speaker for us.
Managing Director of YouGov Stone
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