Monday 4 February 2019 – Nexus NI Annual Conference

Nexus NI Annual Conference


The future of Prevention, Protection and Prosecution for survivors of sexual violence and abuse


Keynote speakers

Nazir Afzal — Prosecution

Nazir Afzal OBE, was Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England and formerly Director in London. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners. During a 24 year career, has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many other and led nationally on several legal topics including Violence against Women & Girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He had responsibility for more than 100,000 other prosecutions each year. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection. He is the Chair of Hopwood Hall. He was appointed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He is also National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government. Most recently he joined the advisory board of Google’s Innovation Fund for counter-extremism.

Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector. He has made presentations to dozens of diverse organisations in this country and abroad. He is on the European Union and Council of Europe list of expert speakers. He has given hundreds of interviews in all forms of media. Nazir gives a considerable amount of time to charitable work and is trustee & Patron of several NGOs including Jan Trust, Karma Nirvana, EngageMe, Halo Project & Savera and former Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Trust. He is Pro Chancellor of Brunel University. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Birmingham and this year an Honorary Doctorate by Manchester University. He assists the UN on rule of law, for example, he has chaired conferences in New York, Madrid, Norway and Geneva on various justice topics.

Nazir’s has received many accolades, in 2005, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work with the CPS and involvement with local communities. He has also had the honour of being the only lawyer to ever prosecute a case before the Queen. In 2007, he was awarded the CPS’s Public Servant of the year, named Legal Personality of the Year by the Society of Asian Lawyers, the UK Government’s Justice Award 2007 and awarded the Daily Mirror newspaper “People’s award” voted for by readers. He was awarded the Law Society/Bar Council Mentoring award.  Nazir was also selected for the Asian Power 100 along with the Muslim Power 100 list, recognised as one of the 100 most influential leading Muslims and Asians in the UK.  He has been listed in the Pakistan Power100 which regards him as one of the 100 most influential people of Pakistani origin in the world today. Awarded the lifetime Achievement Award by the Power 100, and  the British Muslim Award in 2013. He was Asian Media Group’s “Man of the Year 2012,” and the Asian Achievers Award 2014.  The acclaimed BBC Film “Three Girls” was based on his case & featured Ace Bhatti playing him.

“An inspiring figure, forensically intelligent” – Times Editorial Nov 2012

“Until recently crimes encountered by pioneering prosecutor rarely troubled a courtroom, now these issues have risen to the top of the Policy agenda” – The Independent July 2012

“The authentic voice of British Justice” – New York Times Oct 2013

Dr. Helen Beckett — Protection

Dr Helen Beckett is Director of the International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking and a Reader in Child Protection and Children’s Rights at the University of Bedfordshire. She has twenty years’ experience of undertaking and managing applied social research, across academia and the voluntary and statutory sectors. She holds particular specialism in child sexual exploitation and related adolescent safeguarding issues, and in ethics around engaging vulnerable individuals in sensitive research.Dr Beckett has published and presented widely on issues of sexual harm against children and regularly consults on research, policy and practice in this field. She is also a Board member of Nexus NI.


Dr. Elaine Storkey – Prevention

Dr Elaine Storkey is a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian, who has held university posts at the Open University, Oxford, Stirling, and Kings College London, and in the USA. For the last decade she has been a Senior Member of Newnham College, Cambridge.  She was a specialist writer in Gender studies with the OU, and has been long involved in issues of safeguarding for women and girls. A Fellow of Aberystwyth University, Elaine was also President of Tearfund, an international relief and development agency for 17 years, pioneering gender policy changes, and has lectured in Africa, Asia, Haiti and across Europe. For 28 years she served on the General Synod of the Church of England and was delegate to the World Council of Churches, especially on issues of global justice. For her research and lecturing she received the Frumentius Award in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011, and the Abraham Kuyper Award from Princeton Theological Seminary, USA in 2016. Her most recent book, Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women, published by IVP Academic last February won a 2018 Best Book of the Year award in the Social Justice category.


Monday 4 February 2019
9.30am to 4pm
Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim


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