Advisory group

Inquiry into former armed service personnel in prison

Sir John Nutting QC

Sir John Nutting QC is one of the country’s leading barristers. He is a specialist in crime whose past cases, both prosecuting and defending, include many IRA trials during the 1990s from the Brighton bombing onwards and including the final appeal of the Guildford Four, various murder cases at the Central Criminal Court as well as trials involving war crimes, treason and corruption.

Sir John Nutting QC has acted as an advisor to the producer of the film ’10 Rillington Place’; to members of the Countryside Alliance; to the British Board of Film Classification; and to the executors of Diana Princess of Wales (the Burrell trial). He has also been appointed to advise various Attorneys General on an assortment of criminal matters including, for example, the Falklands War Crimes inquiry and, more recently, the Cash for Honours enquiry.

Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL

Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL is a cross bench member of the British House of Lords, a former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy and Chief of Defence Staff.

In retirement he was one of several former Chiefs of Defence Staff who spoke out in the House of Lords about the risk to servicemen facing liability for their actions - for which he claims politicians are ultimately responsible - before the International Criminal Court.

General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE DL

General the Lord Guthrie GCB LVO OBE DL was Chief of the Defence Staff between 1997 and 2001 and Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, between 1994 and 1997. He is a cross bench member of the House of Lords.

Along with Admiral the Lord Boyce, Lord Guthrie was one of several retired Chiefs of Defence Staff who spoke out in the House of Lords about the risk to servicemen facing liability for their actions - for which politicians are ultimately responsible - before the International Criminal Court, particularly in respect to the invasion of Iraq. As Chief of the Defence Staff, Lord Guthrie also clashed with Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown over military funding.

He is a non-executive director of N M Rothschild & Sons, and president of several charities, including Action Medical Research, Army Benevolent Fund, Federation of London Youth Clubs and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

Major General David Jenkins

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Wing Commander Dr Hugh Milroy OBE

Wing Commander Dr Hugh Milroy OBE, a former RAF wing commander, is chief executive of Veterans Aid. Although set up 75 years ago, the past three years have transformed the charity’s profile as demand for its services has grown. Veterans Aid helps the long-term homeless, those who have just become so, and the vulnerable.

Hugh Milroy left the RAF as a senior welfare officer after 17 years but through his Masters degree and Doctorate he has analysed the pathways to homelessness for veterans. His philosophy is to move from welfare to wellbeing, combining the military family approach of the Services with developing independence.

Hugh Milroy also chairs the Ex-Service Action Group on Homelessness, a ten-year-old forum for all organisations in the sector.

Chris Sheffield OBE

Chris Sheffield spent his career as a prison governor including at Liverpool, Manchester and Hindley prisons. 

He is currently an honorary research fellow to Salford University.

Elfyn Llwyd MP

Elfyn Llwyd has been Member of Parliament for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy constituency since 1992. Elfyn Llwyd MP is Plaid Cymru's parliamentary group leader in the House of Commons.

Before becoming an MP, Elfyn Llwyd worked as a solicitor and subsequently a barrister. It was during his time practising law that he became aware of the problem of many veterans entering the criminal justice system. Since that time, he has become a vociferous campaigner on the issue, tabling questions to Ministers and raising debates in the House of Commons.

The inquiry’s academic consultant was James Treadwell, a lecturer in criminology at Leicester University.