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18 Dec 2019

Howard League announces new President

The Howard League for Penal Reform has today (Wednesday 18 December) announced that its new President is Lord Ken Macdonald QC.

Lord Macdonald, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, is one of the country’s leading criminal, regulatory and international lawyers. He was knighted for services to the law in 2007 and appointed to the House of Lords in 2010.

Lord Macdonald is also Warden of Wadham College, Oxford. The Howard League has enjoyed a long, productive relationship with the University of Oxford and will be holding an international conference, ‘Crime, Justice and Social Harms’, at Keble College in March and April 2020.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “I am delighted that Lord Ken Macdonald QC has accepted the position of President of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

“Lord Macdonald is a highly-respected and influential voice in the spheres of law, academia and politics – three key areas for the Howard League’s work.

“He will represent the charity at the highest levels and provide us with invaluable advice as we strive for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the world. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
  1. Lord Ken Macdonald QC is a founder member of Matrix Chambers. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2001, and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. He was elected Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales in 2003 and became a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 2004. He was Director of Public Prosecutions from 2003 to 2008 and has been a member of the House of Lords since July 2010. He is Chair of the Orwell Foundation.
  1. More information about the Crime, Justice and Social Harms conference, including details of how to book places and submit abstracts, can be found on the Howard League website.


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