The Board of the Commission is responsible for the overall strategic direction and performance of the Commission. It is responsible for determining whether or not to refer cases to the High Court. The Board Members, along with the Chief Executive, Mr Gerard Sinclair, are collectively responsible for ensuring the appropriate use of public funds in relation to our business. The Chief Executive is responsible for the management of the Commission and the day to day operation of the Commission. The Board of the Commission is chaired by Jean Couper, CBE.
Mrs Jean Couper CBE
Jean Couper was Chairman of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1998 to 2006 and from 2002 to 2008 was a Commissioner of the Accounts Commission. Since 1990 Mrs Couper has held a number of other public appointments notably Member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1994 to 1998, Member and Vice Chairman of the Health Education Board for Scotland from 1995 to 2002, and member of the Police Advisory Board for Scotland from 2002 to 2007. She is currently Director of K3 Consultants Ltd providing HR strategic, policy and operational advice to local authorities. She is Deputy Chairman of the Ombudsman Service Ltd, Chair of Aberlour Child Care Trust and a Director of the Merchants’ House of Glasgow. She was awarded the CBE in 2006 for services to the administration of justice.
Professor Brian Caddy BSc, PhD, CChem MRSC
Professor Caddy took a degree in chemistry from Sheffield University in 1960 and a PhD in 1963 before taking up an MRC Fellowship at Strathclyde University. He was appointed lecturer in forensic science in 1966 and eventually became Professor of Forensic Science in 1993. He was a founder member of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes and the European Academy of Forensic Sciences, was President of the Forensic Science Society, editor of its journal “Science and Justice” a member of the executive committee and now external verifier for the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (A Lord Chancellors appointment). He has undertaken reports for the Home Secretary in relation to Laboratory contamination and also the Damilola Taylor case. Professor Caddy has lectured on various aspects of the forensic sciences in over 20 different countries including Russia, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand USA, Argentina, Indonesia etc.
His research interests extend from toxicology and drugs of abuse to firearms discharge residues and trace explosives analysis. A main interest is in raising and maintaining standards in forensic science practice this arising from his investigations into the “Birmingham 6” and other high profile bombing cases.
Mr Stewart Campbell
Stewart Campbell was the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Director, Scotland, based in Edinburgh, until he retired in 2008. He was an HSE Inspector for almost 35 years and worked in Aberdeen, London, Bootle and Kent where he was HSE's Principal Inspector during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. He has extensive investigation experience and has prosecuted both in Scotland and England; he has also led on the implementation of a major European Directive. Mr Campbell was awarded a Nuffield and Leverhulme Travelling Fellowship in 1983 and since then has had a strong interest and involvement in European approaches and comparisons. He continues to work on a number of international occupational health and safety projects, including reviews of the implementation of EU health and safety legislation. He is Chair and a Trustee of the Friends of Duchess Wood, a Scottish Charity.
Mr Gerard McClay LLB Dip L.P.
Mr McClay has been a solicitor in private practice for over 20 years, working solely in criminal court work and having extensive experience of all types of criminal cases from District Court up to High Court. Mr McClay was an assistant with two firms until he was appointed as a partner in 1990. In 1995 he set up his own firm and has worked as a sole practitioner ever since.
Until 2007, Mr McClay was a member of the Glasgow Drug Court Management Team. Glasgow Drug Court deals with offenders who have drug problems and tries through treatment orders to assist the offender with their problems by using varied treatment orders and consequently to try to reduce their offending.
Mr McClay was a member of the Glasgow Bar Association (GBA) Executive Committee for 7 years, holding the post of President from 2005-2006 and had previously held the posts of Secretary and Vice President. Mr McClay is now an Honorary Member of the Association.
Professor George Irving CBE
Professor George L Irving CBE D.Univ MSc CSW FRSA FRSM is a former Director of Social Work and President of the Association of Directors of Social Work(Scotland). He also served in Romania developing child care services and promoting social work education. From 2001 to 2006 he was Chair of NHS Ayrshire and Arran. He led the National Support Team, Management of Offenders 2005-2007. He is the author of a national report “Registering the Risk” concerned with the registration and monitoring of sex offenders. He currently serves on the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and is a Visiting Professor to Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Irving was awarded a CBE in 2006 for services to the NHS and the people of Ayrshire and has an honorary doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Mr Gerrard Bann
Gerry Bann is a solicitor and partner in Adams Whyte, one of Scotland’s leading criminal defence firms. Since 1992, he has specialised in criminal court work and has considerable experience in the investigation of offences and the treatment of offenders in a wide variety of cases at District, Sheriff and High Court levels. Between 1996 and 2002, Mr Bann served as Vice Dean and Dean of the Faculty of West Lothian Solicitors. He has participated in meetings of Sheriff & District Court Standing Advisory Groups and in 2006, assisted a multi-agency Steering Group tasked with the introduction of a Summary Justice Pilot Court. Mr Bann has been involved in key cases contributing to the field of Scottish Criminal Law and, in 2008, his legal practice was voted Scottish Criminal Law Firm of the Year.
Miss Frances Jane McMenamin Q.C.
Frances McMenamin is one of Scotland’s leading criminal lawyers and the most
senior woman at the Scottish Bar. Throughout a legal career, which began in 1976,
she has gained a wealth of experience in both prosecution and defence work,
particularly in the High Court. Since being admitted as a Member of the Faculty of
Advocates in 1985 her appointments have included those of Temporary Sheriff,
Advocate Depute and, since 1998, Queen’s Counsel. In 2009 she was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate by the University of Strathclyde where she had been a member
of the University’s court for four years. She is highly regarded not only as a court
practitioner but also as someone who takes a keen, analytical approach to the
preparation of her cases.
Mr Peter William Ferguson Q.C.
Mr Ferguson was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987 and became a QC in 2005. He has extensive experience of prosecuting and defending high profile complex criminal cases covering a broad range of offences. He is experienced in both the Inner and Outer House of the Court of Session. Mr Ferguson now almost wholly works in criminal practice and very regularly prosecutes as an Advocate Depute in the High Court and the Appeal Court. He has contributed to academic journals on issues in the criminal law, evidence and practice. His knowledge and experience of the Scottish criminal justice system supports the Commission in its decision making.
Mr Gerard Sinclair LLB (Hons) Dip L.P. N.P.
Gerard Sinclair is the Chief Executive and Principal Solicitor of the SCCRC, and took up this appointment on 30 June 2003. He is responsible for advising the Commission on the discharge of its responsibilities under both the legislation and the Management Statement.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr Sinclair was a solicitor in private practice for 18 years, and a senior partner with a law firm in Glasgow. He is qualified in both Scottish and English Law, and his legal career included a wide variety of criminal, civil and commercial litigation. He has previously served as a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland, and is presently Vice-Convener of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee. He was appointed a part-time sheriff in June 2006.
Mr Sinclair is also the Accountable Officer for the Commission. He is responsible for the proper stewardship and expenditure of the public funds received by the Commission and for the day to day management of the Commission. He is responsible for ensuring the efficient and expeditious progressing of the Commission's cases.
Chris Reddick CMIIA – Director of Corporate Services
After studying at the Civil Service College Sunningdale, Mr Reddick became a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (MIIA) by examination in March 2002. He also achieved the Certificate & Diploma in Public Sector Audit & Accounting in 1998 with CIPFA (NI).
Mr Reddick commenced a career in audit in 1995, working for the NI Court Service internal audit team, and was involved in the review of court systems and operations. He was subsequently employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board, to look at compliance with the Code of Practice for the provision of Criminal Legal Assistance. In October 2001 he moved to a private sector audit and risk management firm as Business Assurance Manager (North).
Mr Reddick took up his position with the Commission in September 2005, where he is responsible for managing the Commission’s corporate systems such as finance, human resources, information technology, procurement and administration.
Michael Walker BSc (Hons), LLB, Dip LP,
LLM – Head of Casework
Mr Walker studied law at the University of
Glasgow. Thereafter, he worked in private practice, in the areas of criminal
law and civil litigation, before joining the Commission in 2001.
In his current role, he works closely with the
Chief Executive, the DOCS, the Board and stakeholder organisations in
connection with all matters concerning the Commission’s casework, and he is
responsible for overseeing the Commission’s information governance, in order to
ensure that the Commission meets its obligations under data protection and
freedom of information legislation and other relevant law.
In 2008 he completed a Masters degree in human
rights law from the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow. He is a member of
the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee.
Daniel Fenn LLB (Hons) Dip LP NP – Senior Legal Officer
Mr Fenn joined the Commission as a trainee solicitor in 2005. He was appointed as a legal officer in 2007 and promoted to senior legal officer in 2013. He has tutored for Strathclyde University in criminal law and sociolegal studies.