Max Hill QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. visited the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation on Thursday 25th January to view our work in preventing violent extremism through education, resolving conflict and building peace in communities and our support to victims and survivors of terrorism.
The visit coincided with the publication of his report on the operation of the Terrorism Acts 2000 and 2006 – read the report here.
Max Hill succeeded David Anderson QC in March 2017 just prior to the domestic attacks that took place last year. The report looks back to 2016 and later in the year Max will publish a further annual report that will reflect activities that took place in 2017.
The Foundation was keen to share its experiences, particularly following recent attacks, and report from the ‘frontline’ in what the main issues are within education and communities.
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive, who hosted Max said: “I am grateful to Max for taking the time to visit Warrington and hear from me and Kelly Simcock, our Director of Programme for Peace.
“We were able to tell him about the rapid increase of people we are supporting following recent attacks (744 referrals since May 2017), the issues that are prevalent in communities and schools and compelling matters that need to be considered within terrorism legislation as well as describing our whole approach to countering violent extremism.
“It was also an opportunity to remind ourselves that we are approaching the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing and that extremism isn’t new and all our efforts need to continue.”
Max was introduced to charity Founder, Wendy Parry OBE as part of his visit. Max Hill commented about his visit coinciding with the launch of his report: “Publication occurred whilst I was at the Peace Centre, learning about their inspirational work.
“Many thanks, best wishes and congratulations in advance of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tragic events which led to this groundbreaking initiative.”