The RMA Board
The RMA Board has a Convener and seven members from a range of relevant backgrounds. The Convener is responsible to Scottish Ministers, ensuring the RMA’s affairs are conducted with probity. Board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers on a part time basis.
The Board convenes bi-monthly to deliver its governance and oversight duties on behalf of the Scottish Public.
Members of Board are:
The Register of Members' Interests can be found here
The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the RMA and, together with the RMA Chief Executive, ensures that Best Value is achieved through efficient and effective use of resources and personnel.
Members of the RMA Board:
David Crawford is a qualified social worker and worked in local authority social work in Scotland for more than 30 years. He was the Director of Social Work for Renfrewshire Council from 2001 to 2007 and then the Executive Director of Social Care Services with Glasgow City Council until his retirement from local government in 2012. He has an extensive background in criminal justice work including 5 years as manager of the social work service in Barlinnie Prison and was a member of the Maclean Committee which recommended the setting up of the Risk Management Authority.
Hazel Kemshall is currently Professor of Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. She has research interests in risk assessment and management of offenders, effective work in multi-agency public protection, and implementing effective practice with high risk offenders. She has completed research for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, the Scottish Government, and the Risk Management Authority.
She teaches extensively and provides consultancy on public protection and high risk offenders, including training for MAPPA chairs and panel members in England and Scotland.
Hazel has written numerous publications on risk, including Understanding Risk in Criminal Justice (2003, Open University Press). She has completed three evaluations of multi-agency public protection panels for the Home Office (2001, 2005, 2007), and is currently researching polygraph use with sex offenders, and evaluating the public disclosure pilots. She is the lead author of the CD rom ‘Risk of Harm Guidance and Training Resource’ for NOMS PPU, and for the ‘Assessment and Management of Risk’ CD rom in Scotland for the RMA. Her most recent book: Understanding the Community Management of High Risk Offenders was published by the Open University in 2008.
Since qualifying, with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow, Dr Russell has worked in maximum security, medium security, and community forensic services in Scotland. For the last 8 years she has been co-Lead of the NHS Lothian Sex Offender Liaison Service which is aligned to the development of MAPPA in Scotland. She has developed and demonstrated expertise in the risk assessment and management of high-risk offenders through both her clinical work in the NHS and her work as an Accredited Assessor for the Risk Management Authority. She routinely provides training, supervision, consultation, liaison and assessment to criminal justice agencies who are working with high-risk and complex offenders. Through a time-limited Scottish Government funded expansion of her service to work with violent as well as sex offenders, she has developed further expertise in working with violent offenders, particularly those who commit domestic violence and stalking offences. In recent years she has published book chapters and journal articles related to her work, with a particular focus on personality disorder, sex offending and risk.
Chris Hawkes was the chief officer for the Lothian & Borders Community Justice Authority. For over 40 years, Chris has worked in a variety of jurisdictions specialising in the management of offenders. Fundamental to his work is the belief that communities are safer when offenders both in custody and the community are managed properly.
Stephen Swan served for 20 years with the Scottish Prison Service. Roles include Governor of Penninghame, Cornton Vale, Greenock and Perth prisons, Deputy Director Prisons and latterly as Director, Human Resources. He has also for a number of years been a board member and trustee of the charity Families Outside. He brings over 30 years public service experience in criminal justice and law enforcement, and extensive experience of offender management policy and practice.
Aileen Burnett is a consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ experience of working with mentally disordered offenders. She has extensive experience of offering direct and indirect Psychological treatment to adult forensic patients. She has developed expertise in the assessment, management and treatment of personality disordered offenders. She also has a special interest in the needs of children and young people who present a risk of harm to others.
Terry Powell was a member of Lothian and Borders Police, joining in 1980. During his police career he undertook a wide range of responsibilities, including senior investigating officer, the planning and command of high profile events and divisional commander for East Lothian and Midlothian. Since retiring in 2010 he has been a member for the Parole Board for Scotland with responsibility for assessing the risk of offenders and making decisions regarding their release into the community on licence. Terry has a wide range of experience in Public Protection and promoting community safety in Scotland.
Jane Davey studied Law and has now worked as a solicitor for nearly 30 years in a number of Jurisdictions including England, Belgium and the Solomon Islands. She is currently Principle Litigation Solicitor for Highland Council where she has been for 19 years. Jane has wide experience of multi-agency Public Protection and risk assessment and drafting policies and procedures. Jane is committed to the goals and objectives of the RMA and looks forward to working with other board members and staff.