The team of 11 Commissioners is being chaired by Dr Andrew McLellan, CBE, with Ranald Mair as the Deputy Chair.
The Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan
The Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan is the Convener of the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland. He was HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland from 2002 until 2009. Before that he was a parish minister in Greenock, Stirling and Edinburgh. He was the convener of the Church and Nation Committee of the Church of Scotland, which dealt with social and political matters on behalf of the church; and the convener of the Parish Development Fund, which supported new forms of mission and service. In 2000 he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Dr McLellan was chairman of the Religious Advisory Committee of the BBC in Scotland and a Director of Scottish Television. Andrew is also the National Chaplain of the Boys’ Brigade across the UK and in 2009 he was awarded the CBE.
Ranald Mair is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body for private and voluntary Care Homes, Care at Home and Housing Support services in Scotland.
Prior to joining Scottish Care in 2007, Ranald had an extensive career in social work and social care across a range of settings, including practice and teaching in relation to child protection. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stirling University and his professional training at Nottingham University. He also has a Post Qualifying Award in Child Care Studies from Newcastle University and the Certificate in Social Services Management and Leadership from Robert Gordon University.
Ranald is currently Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Safeguarding Committee. Ranald is also involved in a range of Scottish Government planning groups for services for Older People.
Dr David McAllister
Dr David McAllister is a former Civil Servant, who has worked as a prison researcher within the Scottish Prison Service and more recently as Assistant Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland. He has also led a team of researchers evaluating the impact of major regeneration in areas of deprivation in Scotland.
In his early career he worked as a prison psychologist in England and Wales, and also carried out research into the provision of through care by the Probation Service for young offenders.
Bishop John Arnold
Bishop John Arnold is an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster. He is a member of the Bishops' Conference Department in England and Wales for International Affairs and is Chair of CAFOD's Board of Trustees. CAFOD is the Church’s official Aid and Development charity.
Bishop Arnold was a member of the Cumberlege Commission. Its Report "Safeguarding with Confidence" is responsible for setting the direction of the Church’s safeguarding policies for children and vulnerable adults, and monitors compliance with the policies set out in the report. He is also a member of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission established as a result of that report in 2008.
Bishop Arnold led the apostolic visitation ordered by The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith into claims of sexual abuse at Ealing Abbey and neighbouring St Benedict’s independent school in west London in 2011.
The Right Hon The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon
Donald Sage Mackay, The Right Hon The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon served as a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland (High Court) from March 2000 until he retired in 2013.
Lord Mackay served as a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board from 1989 to 1995, where, among other matters, he was involved in determining compensation claims arising from allegations of sexual and physical abuse. In 1991, he served as Senior Counsel to Orkney Islands Council during the Inquiry before Lord Clyde into the removal of Children from Orkney.
Lord Mackay was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in 1995. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Lord Advocate. He was made a life peer in 1995 and became a Privy Counsellor in 1996. Since retiring, he has resumed his seat in the House of Lords.
Kathleen Marshall has been active in the fields of child law and children's rights for over 25 years. In 2004, she was appointed as Scotland's first Commissioner for Children and Young People, a post she held for five years.
Mrs Marshall had previously worked as Director of the Scottish Child Law Centre and has written and spoken extensively on children's issues and served on a number of bodies concerned with the rights of children.
Mrs Marshall chaired the "Edinburgh Inquiry into Abuse and Protection of Children in Care", which reported in 1999. In 2010, she served as a Commissioner on "Time To Be Heard", a pilot scheme set up by the Scottish Government to listen to and acknowledge the experiences of adults who had suffered abuse as children in residential care.
In 2011, she was part of the team which undertook the Youth Justice Review in Northern Ireland and is currently leading an inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland.
Professor Nancy Loucks
Nancy Loucks is the Chief Executive of Families Outside, a Scottish voluntary organisation that works on behalf of families affected by imprisonment. Prior to this she worked as an Independent Criminologist, specialising in research on prison policy and comparative criminology.
Prof Loucks' work on family issues includes research into family participation in prisoner resettlement, studies of the role of Prison Visitors' Centres and of the work of Family Contact Officers, including consultations with prisoners' families.
She worked for the Risk Management Authority on serious violent and sexual offenders. She also conducted extensive research at HMP & YOI Cornton Vale, during which time she interviewed women about their experiences of abuse.
She is a member by invitation of the Scottish Minister’s Early Years Task Force, the Scottish Government’s Reintegration and Transitions Champions Group, and the SPS National Steering Group for the Improvement of Service Delivery to Women in Custody.
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1995 and, as a Senior Investigating Officer since 2003: he has investigated numerous high profile crimes and incidents. He has held the position of Detective Superintendent with lead responsibility for public protection, during which time he led on Child Protection and Crime Scene Management for ACPOS.
In August 2008 he was promoted to the post of Head of the Criminal Investigation Department for Lothian and Borders Police, leading on tackling serious and organised crime, major crime investigation, countering terrorism, intelligence and public protection for the force. He led on behalf of ACPOS in Counter Terrorism Investigations, Sexual Crime Investigation and worked with key partners in developing new approaches to victim services.
In January 2013 he was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland and holds the portfolio for Major Crime and Public Protection.
Lindsay Roy has been MP for Glenrothes since 2008 and is currently a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.
He served as of Rector of Inverkeithing High School (1989–2008) and Kirkcaldy High School (2008) and was an Associate Assessor of secondary schools with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education between 1996-2008. Mr Roy was appointed to the Board of Management of Lauder College where for 10 years he chaired the Curriculum and Student Affairs Committee. He also served on the Literacy Commission in 2008.
He was President of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland 2004 – 2005 and an Executive Member of the International Confederation of School Principals 2008-2011. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for services to Scottish education.
Sheena McDonald is a journalist and broadcaster. She began her professional broadcasting career as a producer and presenter at BBC Radio Scotland. In 1980, she also began working in television as a presenter and newsreader at BBC Scotland, before spending six years at STV covering, arts, books, the economy, news and making documentaries. After relocating to London, Ms McDonald anchored national radio and television news programmes such as Channel 4 News, The World This Week, On the Record, and The World at One. In 1995, she received the first-ever 'Woman in Film and Television' Award.
Sheena has served as a trustee on the Disasters Emergency Committee and on BAFTA, as well as serving on numerous arts organisation boards, including chairing the Board of Management of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh for seven years.
Danny Sullivan is currently Chair of the Catholic Safeguarding Commission for England and Wales which is an independent body overseeing the direction and strategy of Safeguarding throughout the Catholic Church.
Danny is a former Director of Education for the Anglican Diocese of Oxford where he had oversight of its 280 schools. He also worked as a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Justice until his retirement in 2008. From 2011 to 2013 he developed a judicial partnership between the UK and Algeria on behalf of the Foreign Office and the International Department of the Ministry of Justice.
Bishop Stephen Robson
Stephen Robson was born in Carlisle and educated at Edinburgh University, with further postgraduate studies in the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome with a Licence and Doctorate in Spiritual Theology specialising in medieval monastic theology. He gained the Licentiate in Canon Law from the same University in 2006. Stephen was formed as a priest in St Andrew's College, Drygrange and ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood in 1979.
As priest, he served in Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Duns and Eyemouth, Dunbar, East Calder, North Berwick and Broxburn. As teacher, he was on the Staff of St Mary's College, Blairs, in Aberdeen from 1981-1986. Later he was Episcopal Vicar for Education in the Archdiocese being responsible for the primary and secondary schools and Universities. Stephen was also Spiritual Director of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome from 2007-2013. He was nominated Auxiliary Bishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and then appointed Bishop of the RC Diocese of Dunkeld by Pope Francis in December 2013. He was installed as the Diocese's 9th Bishop at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee in January 2014.
Roisin McGoldrick qualified as a social worker in 1982 and has a Diploma in Child Protection. She practised as a social worker and senior social worker in the field of child care until taking up a teaching post within the Glasgow School of Social Work at Strathclyde University in 1993. She teaches across both undergraduate and post graduate qualifying courses, mainly in relation to sociology of the family, risk and protection and professional development.
In a voluntary capacity Roisin is Chair of the Board of Managers of the Good Shepherd Centre which is a residential secure and close support facility for high-risk young people based in Renfrewshire.