Max Chambers

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Max Chambers was appointed special adviser to the UK prime minister in May 2014. He joined from the think tank Policy Exchange where he was head of its home affairs and justice policy unit.[1]

Chambers took on the home and justice affairs brief that was left vacant following Patrick Rock’s resignation in February 2014. [2] He was appointed to advise the Prime Minister on a range of domestic policy issues including criminal justice, policing, immigration and counter-terrorism. [1]

Chambers has been particularly vocal about reforming the prison system. He recently stated that "We need a competent probation system that actually changes behaviour. The best way to do that is to reform the system so that there is a rigorous focus on compliance and a serious effort to punish infractions in a rapid and consistent way.' [3]

He is paid an annual salary of £67,000. [4]

Background

Chambers read law at Nottingham University. He later worked for a leading welfare-to-work provider, where he helped to establish and grow a new justice services division. Prior to this, he worked for Policy Exchange as senior research fellow. He has also worked in Parliament for the Shadow Justice and Home Affairs teams. [1]

Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Max Chambers, Head of Crime and Justice 2012-14, policyexchange.org.uk, 24 April 2014, accessed 18 September 2014.
  2. James Forsyth Exclusive: Max Chambers to join No.10 policy unit The Spectator, 24 April 2014, accessed 10 October 2014
  3. Richard Ford Criminals agree community sentences are soft The Times, 14 April 2014, accessed 30 October 2014
  4. Special advisers in post, 30 November 2014 GOV.UK, accessed 28 April 2015