Paul Biddle

Senior Associate

Paul Biddle is currently a senior consultant specializing in security sector reform with an emphasis on policing and justice reform, following a 37 years career with the British Army and UK Prison service.


Paul served in the British Army for 14 years qualifying in military intelligence and Special Forces. After leaving the military, he joined the UK Metropolitan police and then the UK Prison Service, where he worked for 23 years within the UK criminal justice system.

In 1995 he was seconded to the UK Commission for Racial Equality where he jointly wrote the highly influential report “The Management of Race Relations within Prison Establishments.” In 2001 he was asked to join the National Operations Unit as a National security, operations and Intelligence officer and in honour of his service, Paul was recognized as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2002.

In 2004 Paul was seconded to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Iraq and was head of mission for a joint US/UK monitoring mission in the Palestinian territories. In 2006 he was seconded to the UNODC in Afghanistan and was the successful lead negotiator when the Taliban took control of a Kabul prison. He completed his criminal justice career seconded to the National Offender Management Service. He also undertook studies in criminology and prison management, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute (2007) and a Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society (2013). On retiring, Paul was one of the first to join the UK Stabilisation Unit as well as joining the Geneva based Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and CANADEM.

Since 2007 he has advised governments and international organization on security and justice in a wide variety of countries and contexts. He has advised the Indonesian government on the management of terrorists in prisons, was senior advisor to the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, and has also advised the governments of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea and the Kurdistan Regional Government. In 2010 he was deployed to Haiti by the UK government and Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) to help restore security in the aftermath of the earthquake. Between April 2014 and April 2015, Paul worked for the OSCE in Eastern Ukraine as a Patrol leader and Security, Military and Police focal point with direct contact with senior military/police and political interlocutors on both sides of the conflict. Recently, he was a Strategic Police Advisor to the Coalition Joint Task Force Operation “Inherent Resolve” and the Governor of Anbar in Iraq.