Gordon Wasserman is an internationally recognised expert in the governance and management of police forces, particularly in the management of their scientific and technological support services. From May 2010 to April 2012, he served as the British Government’s adviser on policing and criminal justice. He was appointed a life peer to the House of Lords in January 2011.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Wasserman graduated from McGill University before going to New College, Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and research fellow in Economics. He joined the UK Home Office as an economic adviser and remained in the UK Government for the next 27 years, filling a wide variety of posts including director of social policy in the central policy review staff of the Cabinet Office under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and assistant Under Secretary of State for police science and technology in the Home Office.
He has also had wide private and public sector experience at board level on both sides of the Atlantic. He presently serves as a strategic adviser to a number of international companies and as a trustee of several not-for-profit organisations.