Dr. Peter Minto

Co. Durham


TV Presenter Matt Allwright, Dr Peter Minto, Dame Mary Perkins, BCA Patron

Dr. Peter Minto has served his community through education, the legal system and voluntary work. He has managed to combine a successful 33-year academic career teaching law to thousands of students, with many years of voluntary service.

He developed a joint scheme which allowed law degree undergraduates to complete a Higher Diploma in Paralegal Studies, allowing many students direct access to work in the legal profession.
Dr Minto served as a magistrate for 29 years, and now undertakes voluntary legal work for the local community.

He is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Frankland, a Category A jail with 820 prisoners, many of whom will never be released. He has compiled a ‘Basic Guide To Making A Simple Will Whilst in Custody’ to assist these people in dealing with their affairs, which he offers free of charge.

His nominator said: “Dr Minto has led an exceptional life of public service, which has seen a young man from a secondary school background with few formal qualifications take on and succeed in one of the most difficult professions to work in – legal education”.
Nominated by: Amy Purvis