Judging Panel

The #No2H8 Crime National Awards ceremony is honoured to have the following judges to oversee the national nominations which will open May 2018. This is the second year of these national awards and last year we received just under 110 nominations of individuals, groups and politicians who have been at the frontline of countering racism, prejudice and intolerance.

All nominations will be assessed and we urge those nominating individuals and organisations to provide as much information as possible so that judges can get a rich picture of the person or organisation being nominated.

Current Members of the #No2H8 Crime National Awards Ceremony

nazirNazir Afzal OBE: Mr Nazir Afzal OBE is former Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Nazir became Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England in 2011 leading teams responsible for some of the highest profile cases in the country, including the child grooming case in Rochdale and the prosecution of Stuart Hall. He made history as the first Muslim to be appointed to such a position and was Britain’s most senior lawyer within the Crown Prosecution Service.

Awarded an OBE in 2004 for his services to law and the local community, Mr Afzal is currently Pro Chancellor Brunel University, and works as an independent advisor on criminal justice.


carlileLord Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC: Alex Carlile was born in Wales in 1948. After education at Epsom College he graduated LLB AKC at King’s College London. Lord Carlile was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn (where he is now a Bencher) in 1970 and became a Q.C. in 1984, at the age of 36. Until 2009 he was the Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford. He sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court, as a Deputy High Court Judge, and as a Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Between 2001-2011, he was the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation; the Independent Reviewer of the Government’s new PREVENT policy and remains the independent reviewer of National Security policy in Northern Ireland.

canonCanon Mark Oakley: Canon Oakley was born in Shrewsbury in 1968 and was educated in London and Oxford. He was ordained at St Paul’s in 1993 and served his first appointment as Curate of St John’s Wood Church (1993-6). He was then asked to become the Chaplain to the Bishop of London (1996-2000) and was later appointed Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, known as “the Actors’ church” (2000-5).

He was also Chaplain at RADA from 2003 to 2005. He was subsequently invited to take up appointment as Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, based in Copenhagen. Canon Oakley returned to London in 2008 and served at Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, before being appointed to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM the Queen (1996-). Canon Oakley’s interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the place of faith in the contemporary world. He is the author of several books and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster.

baronessBaroness Neuberger DBE: Baroness Neuberger DBE was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and Leo Baeck College, London.

She became a rabbi in 1977, and served the South London Liberal Synagogue for twelve years, before going to the King’s Fund Institute as a Visiting Fellow. She was at Harvard Medical School in 1991-1992, Chairman of Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust from 1993 until 1997 and then Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, an independent health charity until 2004. She has been a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Medical Research Council and the General Medical Council, a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust and the Imperial War Museum (until 2006).

She was created a Life Peer in June 2004 (Liberal Democrat) and was  Bloomberg Professor of Divinity at Harvard University for the Spring Semester 2006.


Richard Ferrer: Richard has become a leading voice on Jewish communal issues since becoming editor of the Jewish News in 2009, regularly appearing on television and radio. He is a columnist for the Independent, thecommentator.com and newstatesman.com, writing about contemporary Jewish issues for a national audience. He’s also worked at the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and edited the Boston Jewish Advocate, America’s oldest Jewish newspaper. Richard created and appeared in the Channel 4 series Jewish Mum of the Year.


Kulbir Pasricha: Born in Middlesex, Kulbir has worked in the public sector for 27 years. She has practiced at operational, tactical and strategic levels. She joined Kent Police in 1998 as a central crime reporting unit investigator and her career progressed from Crime Support Officer, Area Diversity Manager and since 2012 she has been Community Liaison Coordinator also ensuring her team of Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) have a multiagency approach to build relationships and trust with diverse communities and individuals and encourage the reporting of hate crime or incidents, gather intelligence, monitor tensions and provide reassurance. Hatred not only has the potential to cause serious physical and emotional harm, it can damage communities and cause division.

Her discretionary roles include Family Liaison Officer, Trauma Risk Management Practitioner and Critical Incident Advisor. Over the years she has made a positive difference and legacy to diversity and community engagement, recognised through various awards including the Wainwright Trust Award/National Criminal Justice Award and more recently a finalist in the Chief Constable’s Awards for The Phillip Pratt Award for Community Policing. Kulbir is also a carer and enjoys charity work and writing poetry.

Barry Boffy: Born in the Black Country, West Midlands, in 1975 and is the Diversity & Inclusion Manager for British Transport Police (BTP); the national police force for the UK’s railway network. His role is to manage the equality, diversity and inclusion portfolio for BTP across England, Scotland and Wales.

Barry started his career in the private sector as a HR Advisor, before going on to specialise in global mobility and international relocation with a portfolio of working with developing nations including China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He left the private sector in 2005, taking a short sabbatical, before joining BTP in 2007.  In addition to his role with BTP Barry currently sits on the pan-London Advisory Board for Tell MAMA and the London Police Challenge (Ethics) Forum (LPCF) as their diversity and inclusion expert.


Shahid Malik: In June 2007, Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Shahid as International Development Minister, making him Britain’s first Muslim Minister. His Ministerial experience also includes roles as Justice Minister, Home Office Minister, and Communities & Local Government Minister.

In his final role in Government he served as the Minister responsible for the Thames Gateway & Olympic Legacy; and he led the Government’s efforts promoting Community Cohesion & Inter-Faith work, and fighting Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Extremism.

Prior to entering Parliament Shahid worked in the Regeneration and Equalities fields serving as Chief Executive of a London Regeneration Agency responsible for a £150m Programme, and National Chair of the Urban Forum.

Following the Good Friday Peace Agreement he was appointed by Mo Mowlam as the only ever non-Irish Equality Commissioner for Northern Ireland and also served as a Commissioner for Racial Equality (Great Britain) and Vice-Chair UNESCO UK.

As well as Chairing Tell Mama, he is a currently a Visiting Professor at Leeds University and works with global NGOs, and in the technology, renewable energy and investment sectors sitting on several boards and advising Governments in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Further appointments will be announced soon. We believe that through partnership working, we can ensure that the values that we hold dear, of respecting pluralism in our society and in holding close those shared values that bind us, can be promoted to wider audiences. We are therefore proud to be working with a range of partners and full details can be found here.