Detective Chief Superintendent Alan Lyon
National Co-ordinator of Prevent within the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters
Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society
TIME: 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 23rd June 2015
VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
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The event is closed to members of the media.
As the conflict in Syria and Iraq continues, the appeal of global jihadism remains strong among parts of British Muslim communities. Just this week, 17-year-old Talha Asmal from Dewsbury blew himself up during an Islamic State attack in Iraq, becoming Britain’s youngest suicide bomber.
In response to the heightened threat from Islamism-inspired terrorism, public bodies have a new duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, with the delivery of the government counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, now a legal requirement. Alongside this, the government has announced wide-ranging new counter-extremism measures designed to complement the strategy.
By kind invitation of Alex Chalk MP, The Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism at The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with Detective Chief Superintendent Alan Lyon, National Co-ordinator of Prevent within the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters; Rashad Ali, counter-terrorism practitioner and Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; and Hannah Stuart, Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society. The speakers will discuss the police role in the delivery of Prevent as well as wider developments in and challenges to Britain’s on-going counter-radicalisation and counter-extremism efforts.
Detective Chief Superintendent Alan Lyon is the National Co-ordinator of Prevent within the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters. Alan took up post in April 2014 at a time of increasing threat and challenge to the wider Prevent delivery.
Alan began his career in the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in 1989. During this time he has served as a detective at every rank in both divisional and central functions.
Prior to his current role he was the Force Authorising Officer for GMP and Head of Covert Intelligence responsible for all covert intelligence functions and force compliance of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Alan has also served as a divisional uniformed Superintendent in charge of operations and neighbourhood policing.
He is an experienced Senior Investigating Officer in both Inspector and Superintendent ranks.
Rashad Ali is a counter-terrorism practitioner, delivering interventions, training and consultancy. He is also a Director of the counter-extremism consultancy Centri and a Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
Hannah Stuart is a Research Fellow at HJS and has authored reports on extremism, terrorism and jihadist ideology as well as religious law and the role of religion in the public sphere. Hannah has a strong research record and her work has informed UK government policy. She gave testimony to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on radicalisation.