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:
The RMA is currently in the process of appointing a new Convener and three members. It is anticipated that these new appointments will commence in spring 2017.
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.
Dr Anne MacDonald MB ChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, MBA (Open), MScHRM (Open), Assoc. CIPD.
Anne retired from medicine in 2012 after working for 35 years as a psychiatrist in the NHS in Scotland including as Scottish Ministers’ Advisor in Forensic Psychiatry 1997 – 2001. In this capacity, among other things, she was the Health Department’s representative on the Ministerial Working Group on Domestic Violence and gave evidence to the Maclean Committee. Between 1985 and 2008 Anne was registered as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist and working with adult survivors of sexual trauma. She has worked with victims and offenders to reduce risk and harm, and developed an accessible theoretical model for understanding and coping with sexual offending and stalking. She was most recently employed by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist. Using her general and human resource management training she was centrally involved in planning and opening the West of Scotland Regional medium secure psychiatric unit; and the creation of a Health & Safety Workforce Stalking Policy, the first of its kind in Scotland.
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.