NPM 2016-17



The twenty bodies that make up the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) have appointed John Wadham as NPM chair (12 May 2016).

John Wadham is a solicitor with wide experience in the public sector and in the non-government sector. He also has considerable international expertise. Throughout his career, John has worked to protect the rights of detainees.

Speaking about his new role, John Wadham said:

“I’m delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Chair of the NPM, particularly because the appointment was made by the NPM members themselves. The inspection and monitoring bodies provide essential protections for anyone detained anywhere in the UK, many of whom are vulnerable.”

In 2014, NPM members decided to appoint an independent chair from outside the membership of the NPM to strengthen its governance and to advise and support the NPM in fulfilling its OPCAT mandate. The chair will represent the UK NPM in meetings with members, government, and international bodies.