Blair Gibbs

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Advisor, VolteFace


Blair Gibbs is a former senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom. He served as Policy Advisor to the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove MP, where he led policy development on criminal justice reform, briefed ministers, and advised on legislation.

Prior to this, he was a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (2012-15), where he led on policing policy and strategy. This included devising the performance framework for the city’s policing plan, and designed new initiatives including the Policing Ethics Panel and the Institute for Global City Policing at University College London.

In previous roles he led the Crime & Justice Unit at the Free-Market Think-Tank Policy Exchange (2010-12) and was Chief of Staff (2007-10) in the UK Parliament to the Rt Hon. Nick Herbert MP, former Policing Minister, during which he was instrumental in the development and promotion of key police reforms.

Since 2017 he has worked as a public policy consultant and freelance writer. He is the Research Director for the Project for Modern Democracy – a non-profit research organization – and an advisor for VolteFace – a leading drug law reform group – covering developments in Canada. He is also a member of the steering committee for a five-year Stanford University project seeking to translate new neuroscience research on addiction to policy makers.

He has worked with the Behavioural Insights Team and the Centre for Justice Innovation and is also a Policy Fellow at PUBLIC, a consultancy firm supporting start-ups in the public safety sector.

Blair has a degree from Oxford University and is married to Gillian, a Canadian musician and early years educator. They live in Vancouver with their two young children, two cats, and one Land Rover Defender.