Our Chief Crown Prosecutor and Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors
Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS North West
Nazir Afzal OBE is the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) for the North West Area. He took up the appointment in May 2011.
As Chief Crown Prosecutor he is responsible for all criminal prosecutions across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria and leads approximately 700 lawyers, paralegal staff and administrators in the North West.
Nazir qualified as a solicitor after studying law in Birmingham and worked in private practice until he joined the CPS in 1991. He began his CPS career in central London and has prosecuted and advised on many high profile cases. He worked in frontline management roles in London before being appointed as Sector Director for CPS West London in 2003. Before moving to the North West as Chief Crown Prosecutor he had a national role as CPS Director for Communities.
Nazir has pioneered work to tackle honour-based violence and forced marriage, initially bringing this issue to the top of the public agenda through a CPS conference in 2004. He has the national CPS lead on tackling these crimes and on tackling Violence Against Women (domestic violence, rape and other violent offences in which women are predominantly the victims).
Nazir was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List in 2005 for his public service and involvement with the local community and was named Legal Personality of the Year by the Society of Asian Lawyers, which represents around 15,000 professionals. In 2007 he received the CPS Public Servant of the Year award, the UK Government's Justice Award and the Daily Mirror newspaper 'People's Award', voted for by readers. In recent years he has also received the Law Society/Bar Council Mentoring award and was selected for the Asian Power 100 along with the Muslim Power 100 list.
Chris Long, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
Chris Long is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the North West Area. His responsibilities across the North West include leading the provision of advice and charging decisions to the police across the region. Chris is also coordinating work with partners across the Criminal Justice System to transform the current paper-based system into one that is fully digital. He has operational responsibility for the counties of Cumbria and Lancashire.
Chris started his career as a lawyer in a general law firm in Kirklees and joined the CPS in West Yorkshire in 2002. He became a District Crown Prosecutor in 2005, responsible for the North East Leeds area, and in the same year he was awarded the Young Achiever of the year in the Yorkshire Lawyer awards.
Chris moved to South Yorkshire in 2007 when he was promoted to Senior District Crown Prosecutor with responsibility for the Magistrates' Courts unit. He also led on some key projects including streamlined process, the community prosecutor approach and the optimum business model (a project to reorganise how the CPS manages its Magistrates' Court work).
Chris was appointed to the post of Chief Crown Prosecutor for Cumbria in December 2009, and became one of two Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors in the larger North West Area in April 2011.
Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
Ian Rushton is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West Area. He has responsibility across the North West for relationships with the self-employed Bar and has operational responsibility for the county of Greater Manchester.
Ian has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service since it began in April 1986, having been in private practice in Manchester prior to joining the former Prosecuting Solicitor's Department with Greater Manchester Police.
A Senior Crown Prosecutor in the City of Manchester until January 1993, Ian was then promoted to Assistant Branch Crown Prosecutor for Sheffield in South Yorkshire. He progressed to Branch Crown Prosecutor, and held similar posts in Preston and East Lancashire before moving to Cheshire in November 2005 as the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP).He was appointed to the post of CCP for Lancashire in March 2010 and in April 2011 became one of the two Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors with Chris Long.
Ian has been heavily involved in the recruitment of legal trainees and with the development and delivery of the CPS Proactive Prosecutor courses, a key element of all Crown Prosecutors' training. He has a national responsibility for Violence Against Women issues.
Ian was educated at The Manchester Grammar School and is a graduate in Law from the University of Nottingham.