Blair Gibbs

Consultant and Writer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I'm a public policy consultant and freelance writer focusing on justice, drug policy and public safety.

For over a decade I've advised government ministers, elected mayors, and police chiefs on policy, politics and the media, most recently as a senior civil servant in the UK government.

Where most advisers have only ever advised others, I have written myself for national newspapers, appeared on TV and radio, been interviewed live dozens of times and given evidence to inquiries and before parliamentary committees.

Working on all areas of public policy, I'm uniquely able to draw upon the academic research, the political and media context and the fiscal reality to craft policies that elected officials can actually deliver.

My time serving at the highest levels of city and national government gives me a blend of skills tailored to the complex issues found in crime and policing. And these days I'm able to pursue my own interests, which include police reform, drug policy, technology, and new justice innovation across the world.

I've worked with the Behavioural Insights Team - aka the 'Nudge Unit' - and now work as the Research Director at the Project For Modern Democracy. I'm also an advisor to VolteFace and a consultant with the Centre for Justice Innovation.

As well as writing articles and offering media comment, as a consultant I help clients devise new policy, research emerging issues, map risks, develop advocacy plans, as well as coach and train principals. If you have a commission or project in mind, please get in touch...

  • Education
    • University of Oxford