Board Members

Jim Crichton

Chair

Jim Crichton is a former Chief Executive of the State Hospitals Board for Scotland. Over a 30-year career in the NHS he has worked in leadership roles across Scotland, most recently as Director of Mental Health Services in NHS Tayside and prior to this as Director of Primary Care and Mental Health Services in NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Jim has a professional background in Mental Health Nursing and has Honours Degrees in Social Administration and Nursing Studies. His early career was based in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde where following his clinical career he held posts in quality improvement, service and general management.

He is passionate about mental health care and continuously improving the quality of care and outcomes for people suffering from mental ill health.

Dan Gunn OBE

Depute

Career history with Scottish Prison Service includes:

Director of Operations from 2012 – 2014; Deputy Director of Operations from 2004 – 2006. Dan was Governor HMP of Edinburgh, HMP Glenochil, HMYOI Polmont, HMP Greenock, HMP Barlinnie Special Unit from 1998 – 2006.

He has key experience in Business Planning & Financial Management, Stakeholder Management, Development and Delivery of Policy & Strategy, Project Management & Delivery, Business Reorganisation & Change Management and Senior Leadership & Strategic Direction.

Career background and expertise as:

  • Chairman – Governors Committee (TU Body) 1993 -1996 & 1998-2002.
  • Chairman – Association of Scottish Prison Governors (professional body)
  • Change agent who has developed culture fit for 21st century justice system. Promoting Change Management ethos and business efficiencies.
  • Strong working knowledge of the political issues and concepts related to the Management of Offenders.
  • Senior member of working parties representing SPS at national and local levels taking forward justice system reform
  • Extensive expertise and lead in all aspects of operational and case work management, policies and legislation.
  • Project design and implementation from project specification through planning set up, cost forecast, resource loading, project progression, quality and risk analysis.

Additional criminal justice involvement in the following posts held:

  • Overseas Assignments – Council of Europe – EU: Turkey 2014; Georgia 2014; Russian Federation 2005; Ukraine 2003.
  • Scottish Association for Study of Offending (SASO) – Vice Chair – 1998-to date
  • Venture Trust – Trustee – 2012-to date
  • Circle – Advisory Group Specialist – 2013-to date

Voluntary roles include:

  • Six Circle Charity – Chairman 1996-2011
  • Church of Scotland – various positions
  • Dunblane Local History Society – Chairman
  • Dunblane Council of Churches – Treasurer
  • Voluntary Service Overseas – Northern Nigeria 1972-1974

Professional honours:

  • OBE for public and voluntary service – 2008
  • MA Hons – Aberdeen – 1968-1972
  • M.Soc.Sc – Birmingham – 1974-1975
  • M.Sc – Glasgow Graduate School of Law (part time) – 2001-2003
  • Open University – Tutor – 1978-1986

Fiona Davidson

Fiona is a self employed HR Consultant and Executive Coach. Prior to this she was a senior manager in RBS, and before that: Scottish Power. Fiona has extensive HR experience across a range of UK and International businesses and has more recently also been working with the third sector and SME organisations. Her areas of HR specialism include recruitment and retention; managing change; culture and engagement; and diversity and equality. Fiona is also a non-executive Board member of Fife Cultural Trust.

Jane Davidson

Board Member

Jane has worked in the health service and central government for over 20 years in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Chief Executive of NHS Borders and a Non Executive Director of National Services Scotland.
Jane has a financial background, with many years of experience as a Director of Finance. Governance, risk management and IT are particular areas of interest. She holds a degree in Public Administration, a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Changing outcomes, and supporting collaborations that tackle exclusion are key areas of interest.

Eric Fraser CBE

A graduate of Edinburgh University, Eric Fraser joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and, during a 37-year career, served in a wide range of operational appointments both at sea and ashore.

During his time in uniform Eric commanded HMS GUERNSEY and HMS BOXER, served twice in the UK’s joint HQ and completed his career with a tour as UK Naval Attaché to the USA, based in Washington DC. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 and retired in early 2014.

Eric took up his role as Scotland’s first ever Veterans Commissioner soon after leaving the Royal Navy but recently stepped down having spent four years in this unique and hugely satisfying role. During his tenure he authored a series of reports for the Scottish Government that addressed issues such as Transition, Housing, Employability and Health. These included a number of recommendations – all of which have since been accepted by Ministers – which sought to improve how veterans are seen and supported in Scotland, but also promoting them and their families as significant assets within the workplace and wider community.

Kerri Maciver

Kerri Maciver is currently a Senior Manager within Police Scotland’s Corporate Services function with extensive experience of working in both the private and public sectors. She spent 18 years working for RBS in various roles, followed by a few years contracting before joining Police Scotland four years ago. Her field of expertise is wide across Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Financial Management, Governance and Stakeholder Engagement. She has also contributed to the development and implementation of strategies across both private and public sectors.

Kerri has an keen interest in all areas of criminal justice and in particular how we support people whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system and previously spent five years on the Children’s Panel.

Steve Uphill

Steve is a CIMA qualified accountant and accredited coach with many years in financial leadership roles and professional consultancy. He has significant experience in both the private and public sectors working for companies including Hewlett Packard, Shell, KPMG, Capgemini and as an independent consultant.

As a consultant Steve has produced strategies and business cases as well as leading implementation programmes for clients in drinks and media industries and across the public sector including NHS England, NHS Scotland, Government, Local Authorities, Police and Fire Services. His functional experience includes all aspects of support services particularly Finance, HR and Procurement.

Steve is passionate about optimising organisational performance, outside of work he is equally passionate about classic cars and motorsport. Steve lives in Linlithgow and has two sons.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is a journalist with more than 25 years’ experience in Scotland’s national press. He is editor of The Sunday Post and former editor of The Sunday Mail. Once a crime reporter with The Scotsman, he has an enduring interest in Scotland’s criminal and community justice systems.

Zahra Hedges

Zahra is CEO of Winning Scotland, a national charity that builds the confidence and resilience of Scotland’s young people through the adults around them. Prior to joining Winning Scotland, she worked at the Scottish Government, serving as a Policy Lead in Children and Young People’s Mental Health, specialising in working with Local Authorities to design and deliver community based services.

She has twenty years of management experience in the public, private and third sectors including leading a social enterprise, and founding, growing and selling a successful retail business.

She enjoys leading change management projects, delivering excellent customer experiences and building teams.

She was Vice Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland, serves as an advisor on the Pilotlight Programme, a volunteer at Changing the Chemistry and speaks regularly at national and international events.

Zahra is an active advocate for better diversity, inclusion, representation and fairness. Her particular passions are around supporting those with criminal convictions, care experienced young people and, from personal experience, single parent families.

Howard Elliott

A graduate of Strathclyde University, Howard has worked in health and social care for 30 years; working across the public, private and third sectors. During that time, Howard has held senior management roles at Care UK, Cornerstone and Community Integrated Care, before joining ENABLE Scotland, where he is currently Director of Services. This role has responsibility for service development and provision across 27 local authority areas to over 1,100 adults and children, many of whom have very complex needs. Howard has extensive experience of developing and delivering high quality, person-centred services for people with learning and physical disabilities, Autism, cognitive impairment and enduring mental health issues.

Howard is passionate about the provision of values-driven and human-rights based social care and is firmly committed to the highest quality of service delivery; ensuring continuous improvement, innovation and excellence.

Sheriff David Mackie

David Mackie is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and was in private practice as a Solicitor and an Advocate for some 25 years before being appointed a Sheriff in 2001. For 15 years until his retirement from the Bench in 2019 he sat as the resident Sheriff in Alloa Sheriff Court. Through his work as a Sheriff and with charities supporting disadvantaged and marginalised young people, he developed a belief in the power of redemption and applied compassion and understanding of both the victims and perpetrators of crime to his personal judicial practice. Retirement has given him the opportunity of making a greater commitment to charity work and to contribute, where he can, to the continued development of smarter approaches to justice.