Derek Lewis

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Derek Lewis is Chairman of Protocol Associates, a company that sells education and training services. Lewis was appointed Chair of the Drinkaware Trust in January 2008. [1] When Lewis was Director of the prison service his resignation caused serious consequences for his then boss, Michael Howard, who at the time was home secretary. Lewis's report into riots at Whitemoor Prison exposed serious structural failures, for which Howard was subsequently accused of blaming Lewis. In a now famous interview with Jeremy Paxman Howard was asked if Lewis was made a scapegoat 14 times by the Newsnight presenter without receiving an answer. This caused Howard serious embarrasment and provided footage for many 'hilarious' TV clip shows. Later FOI material would confirm Paxman's suspicions.

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  1. Drinkaware Website Our Trustees accessed 5th September 2008
  2. Guardian, 2nd March 2005, Secret Home Office papers on prison row fail to clear Howard accessed 5th September 2008
  3. University of Essex Website Council Members 2007/2008 accessed 5th September 2008