Skip to main content

About the Commissioner

Sir William Shawcross was appointed Commissioner for Public Appointments in September 2021. In January 2021 he was appointed as the Independent Reviewer of Prevent.   His Review was published in February 2023 and its recommendations were accepted in their entirety by the Home Secretary.

He was the Chair of the Charity Commission between 2012 and 2018 and became the Special Representative on UK victims of Qadhafi-sponsored IRA terrorism in March 2019. His previous roles have included membership of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Informal Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2000, and as a member of the Council of the Disasters Emergency Committee, 1997 to 2002. He served on the board of International Crisis Group between 1995 and 2006.

Prior to 2012, Sir William was an independent writer and commentator, having worked as a Foreign Correspondent and written extensively on international affairs. His book, ‘The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience’, examined the role of aid agencies in disaster relief. He has also written on the work of the United Nations in 1990s conflict zones in ‘Deliver Us From Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords, and a World of Endless Conflict’. His other works include ‘Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’.  He has also written and broadcast extensively about Britain’s constitutional monarchy. In 2009 he published The Official Biography of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and then in 2013 a collection of her letters, Counting Our Blessings. 

Register of Interests

William Shawcross Register of Interests June 2023