Alistair Graham

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Sir John Alistair Graham (born 6 August 1942) was the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 2003 until April 2007.[1]

He was born in Northumberland, and was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and the Institute of Training and Development. He has been a visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford (1984–1991). He has Honorary Doctorates from the Open University and from Bradford University. He was knighted (Knight Bachelor) in the Millennium Honours List for services to the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland.

Sir Alistair has had a long and varied career in public service. Between 1966 and 1986 he worked for the Trades Union, the Civil and Public Services Association (CPSA) as Assistant Secretary, Assistant General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and, finally, General Secretary. His next post was as Chief Executive of the Industrial Society (now renamed The Work Foundation) between 1986 and 1991, after which he became Chief Executive of Calderdale and Kirklees Training and Enterprise Council (1991–1996), then of the Leeds Training and Enterprise Council (1996–2000). During this latter period he also served as Chairman of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland (1997–2000).Between 2000 and 2004 he was Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority which was replaced by the IndependentPolice Complaints Commission in 2004. Between 2004 and 2007 he was Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

In 2007 he became Chairman of PhonepayPlus (formerly ICSTIS).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Thomas
General Secretary of the
Civil and Public Services Association

1982–1986
Succeeded by
John Ellis
Government offices
New creation Chairman of the
Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

1997–2000
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Holland
Preceded by
Peter Moorhouse
Chairman of the
Police Complaints Authority

2000–2004
Authority replaced with the IPCC
Preceded by
Sir Nigel Wicks
Chairman of the
Committee on Standards in Public Life

2004 – 2007
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Kelly KCB
Police appointments
New creation Chairman of the
British Transport Police Authority

2004–2008
Succeeded by
Millie Banerjee