Lord Blair retired in 2008 and published his autobiography, Policing Controversy, in 2009. His unique experience 'at the coal face', balancing operational requirements with political and media pressures in his role as Commissioner, has seen him become an engaging and informed speaker and writer. He has long experience in public speaking, including the 2005 Dimbleby Lecture, with his passionate views and expertise sought widely by leaders and decision-makers in policing, business, politics and academia. Lord Blair also appears often as a media commentator, most recently presenting a documentary on the 'Future of Policing' for BBC Newsnight, contributing to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme during the General Election and writing regularly for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including Prospect and The New Statesman.
Oxford-educated, Lord Blair holds honorary positions at several Oxford colleges and in 2010 he became the co-director of a training programme for senior police executives in India, led by the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology. He is a trustee of St Paul's Cathedral Foundation and chair of the Thames Valley Partnership, an Oxfordshire-based criminal justice charity. In July 2010, Sir Ian Blair became Lord Blair of Boughton, a crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.