The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Sir George Newman as Chair of the Security Vetting Appeals Panel. Sir George Newman is replacing Dame Janet Smith. This is a part time appointment and Sir George will continue his work with Chambers.
The Security Vetting Appeals Panel was set up in 1997 to provide an independent means of challenging a decision to refuse or withdraw national security vetting clearance. It is available to hear appeals from individuals in government departments, the Armed Forces and other organisations, or their contractors, who have exhausted the internal appeals process and remain dissatisfied with the outcome.