5 Aug 2019

The Chairman was appointed by the Home Secretary. He is independent of Government.

The Chairman supervises the running of the Inquiry and decides how the Inquiry is to investigate the matters within the terms of reference. This is subject to a requirement to act with fairness and to avoid unnecessary cost.

He will write the interim report that will contain his factual findings and conclusions on the evidence heard in modules one and two. With the help of a panel, he will then produce a final report with relevant recommendations for the future of undercover policing.  This will be delivered to the Home Secretary.

The Chairman cannot make any findings of civil or criminal liability, nor can he award any compensation.