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Chair of the Inquiry: The Right Honourable Lord Justice Haddon-Cave

The Rt Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave studied law at Pembroke College, Cambridge (1974-77). He was called to the Bar of England & Wales at Gray’s Inn in 1978 and to the Bar of Hong Kong in 1980. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999 and a Bencher at Gray’s Inn in 2004. He served as a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1997 to 2007.

He was appointed by Secretary of State for Defence in 2007 to conduct the Inquiry into the loss of the military aircraft RAF Nimrod aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan (2007-2009).

He was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Justices in October 2011, knighted and assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. His further roles have included: Chair of Judicial College International (2013-2016); Presiding Judge on the Midland Circuit (2014-17); Judge-in-charge of the Terrorist List (2017-2018).

He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2018 and made a Privy Councillor. His further roles have included: Deputy Senior Presiding Judge for England & Wales (2020-2021); Senior Presiding Judge for England & Wales (2021- 2022).

Counsel to the Inquiry: Oliver Glasgow KC

Oliver Glasgow was called to the Bar in 1995 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016. He was First Senior Treasury Counsel 2021- 2024, the leader of the team of specialist advocates, based at the Central Criminal Court, who prosecute the most serious and complex cases in the country.

In that role he has undertaken some of the most sensitive, difficult and high-profile criminal cases on behalf of prosecuting authorities and government departments. He has carried out a number of reviews into the operation of military justice.

He maintains a successful practice representing and advising individuals and corporations accused of wrongdoing.

Jonathan Polnay KC

Jonathan Polnay was called to the Bar in 2000. He has appeared in some of the most high-profile cases in the criminal courts, which include the recent prosecutions of the murder of Sir David Amess MP, John Worboys (‘the black cab rapist), the PC Harper trial and the trial concerning the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants. As Senior Treasury Counsel, he regularly provides advice to government departments on national security related issues.

He was appointed Kings Counsel in March 2024.

Kerry Broome

Kerry Broome was called to the Bar in 2003 and appointed Junior Treasury Counsel in 2020.  She prosecutes and defends in the most serious criminal cases, the majority of which involve homicide offences.  She advises government departments, has experience in Courts Martial and was junior prosecution counsel in the Shoreham Airshow Disaster trial.

Solicitor to the Inquiry: Piers Doggart

Piers Doggart is an employed barrister, called to the bar in 1991. He is a legal director within the Eversheds Sutherland Inquiries and Investigations Team. Prior to joining Eversheds in March 2022, Piers worked within the litigation division of the Government Legal Department from 2004, as a senior civil servant and team leader since 2012. Piers was the Solicitor to the Undercover Policing Inquiry between 2015 and 2020.

Secretary to the Inquiry: Mark Newman

Mark is an experienced civil servant with a range of policy, operational delivery  and programme management expertise. He is responsible for the administration of the Independent Inquiry and is the main point of contact for liaising with the sponsor department, the Ministry of Defence, on administrative and financial matters. He helps to ensure that the Inquiry’s work is independent from the Government.  

Mark reports to the Chair and leads the Inquiry’s Secretariat to help support and integrate the wider team’s work to meet the Chair’s intent and deliver the Terms of Reference.