Biographies of the Review Team

>Right Honourable Sir John Chilcot GCB
>Right Honourable Ann Taylor MP
>Right Honourable The Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO (Chair)
>Right Honourable Michael Mates MP
>Right Honourable Field Marshal The Lord Inge KG GCB DL

Rt Hon Sir John Chilcot GCB

Currently chairman, since 1999, of the B&CE (building and civil engineering) Group, with c. £1bn of assets, providing on a not-for-profit basis pensions, insurance, holiday pay and other benefits to the construction industry. B&CE is the largest supplier in the UK of stakeholder pensions to medium and low-earning workers. Chairman of the individual group companies, and of the linked Charitable Trust.

Staff Counsellor to the National Criminal Intelligence Service since 2002.

Chairman since 2001, of the Police Federation, the leading research foundation on policing in the UK.

Member, the National Archives Council (formerly the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on the Public Records) since 1999.

Trustee, the Police Rehabilitation Trust since 2002.

Director, Abraxa Ltd and NBW Ltd.

Other former appointments include: Member, Independent Commission on the Voting System, 1997-8; Chairman, First Division Pensioners Group, 1998-2002; Staff Counsellor for the Security and Intelligence Agencies, 1999-2004; seconded Director, Schroders, 1986-7; Director RTZ Pillar, 1986-90. Conducted reviews of Royal and VIP security, 1999, and the Castlereagh Special Branch break-in 2002-3.

Before retiring from the Civil Service at the end of 1997, as Permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office since 1990, he was Deputy Under-Secretary at the Home Office in charge of the Police Department, and served in a variety of posts in the Home Office, the Civil Service Department and the Cabinet Office, including Private Secretary appointments to the Home Secretary (Roy Jenkins, Merlyn Rees and Willie Whitelaw) and to the Head of the Civil Service (William Armstrong). CB, 1990; KCB, 1994; GCB, 1998. Privy Counsellor, 2004.

Born on 22 April 1939, he was educated at Brighton College and Pembroke College, Cambridge (Open Scholar; MA, English and Languages; Hon. Fellow 1999).

Married since 1964 to Rosalind Mary (née Forster), an artist. Interests include reading, music and opera, walking and travel.

Club: Travellers.