Parole Board
for Scotland


Learn about the Chairman, Board Members and Appointed Legal Members


John Watt

John was appointed as the Chairman of the Parole Board from 1 January 2013.

John is a qualified solicitor and has spent his 35 year working life in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. In this role he has developed a comprehensive understanding of the Criminal Justice System in Scotland, demonstrating impartiality, strong analytical skills and sound judgement. He has extensive experience of managing a large caseload and making decisions in serious and high-profile cases. As a senior member of COPFS, and particularly as an Area Procurator Fiscal in Grampian and later in Argyll and Clyde, John developed leadership, management and communication skills. He also has experience of joint working with criminal justice partners such as the courts, police and social work departments.

Board Members

Appointments - General Members

Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander is a qualified social worker and has worked in the public sector throughout her career. As a practitioner and manager she has gained knowledge and experience of a wide range of services. Since 2002, Karen has managed a mental health team. As a practicing mental health officer and manager of this service Karen has significant experience in risk assessment and risk management.

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson has recently retired from her post as Director of Social Work Services in Falkirk Council and Chair of the Falkirk Child Protection Committee and is a registered social worker. Over the course of her social work career Margaret acquired experience at a practitioner and managerial level of all aspects of Social Work Services, including the delivery of Social Work Services to the Criminal Justice System. She was also extensively involved in Criminal Justice policy developments as part of Social Work Scotland's Executive Committee and Convenor of the Criminal Justice Standing Committee. She brings a strong working knowledge and experience of the Scottish Criminal Justice system, of public services and of risk assessment and risk management. Margaret was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

Andrew Bates

Andrew Bates completed over 32 years’ service with the police before retiring from Police Scotland as Divisional Commander of Greater Glasgow Division. He has extensive working knowledge of the Scottish criminal justice system, risk assessment and risk management. Mr Bates was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2014 for services to policing and was appointed as a Member of the National Children’s Panel in 2017.

Stewart Campbell

Stewart Campbell was the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Director Scotland until he retired from full-time work in 2008. Since then he has worked on a number of international projects and is currently a member of the EU team delivering an occupational health and safety project in China. He has recently completed an eight year term as a non-legal member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Outwith work, he is a trustee and chair of a small Scottish environmental charity. Stewart was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

George Connor

George Connor spent nearly 40 years in the Civil Service with the last 8 being in Justice. His last position was in Parole where he gained in depth knowledge of how the system operates in Scotland and in particular where a breach of licence might require someone to be recalled to custody. George was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

Lynn Jolly

Lynn Jolly currently develops and manages criminal justice through care services for Cornerstone, a Scottish Third Sector provider of community support for people with disabilities and mental health issues. She is an executive member of the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum. She previously qualified as a Probation Officer, supervising high risk offenders in custody and in the community and practising for several years in public protection. She is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and London and has degrees in criminology and law.
Lynn was appointed to the Board in August 2015

Lynn Kelly

Dr Kelly qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has worked as a social worker and social work manager in the UK and Australia. Her social work practise has been in the areas of child protection and criminal justice. Her research interests include child fatality and case review processes, professional learning and education, child protection and public protection. Lynn was also a Member of the Scottish Social Services Registration and Conduct Committee and was an Associate Inspector of Constabulary with HMICS. Lynn was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

Sandra MacAlister

Sandra MacAlister is a lead nurse and has over 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse in mental health. She also has nursing registration for learning disabilities and is a specialist practitioner in community mental health. Ms MacAlister has gained 27 years’ experience in a secure forensic setting as a practitioner, leader and manager at the State Hospitals Board for Scotland. She has strong skills in risk assessment and risk management.

Martin Macdonald

Martin Macdonald has completed over 40 years’ service with the Scottish Prison Service. He has experience as a Deputy Governor in a number of establishments. As well as the operational setting he has experience in training and development and was the project lead in delivering Vocational Qualifications for Prison Officers. Mr Macdonald has represented the SPS in a number of cross sector National Criminal Justice Initiatives./p>

Derek McGill OBE

Derek McGill OBE has an in depth knowledge of prison management, policies and procedures, particularly in relation to risk management and risk assessment. He has retired recently after 39 years in the Scottish Prison Service having held a variety of roles at senior levels across both policy roles in HQ and operational roles in a number of prisons. His operational experience includes Governor in charge roles in Greenock, Polmont YOI and Barlinnie Prisons. In 2013, he was awarded an OBE for services to Criminal Justice.

Gillian McIvor

Gillian McIvor is Emeritus Professor of Criminology, former Director of the Social Work Research Centre and founding co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. She has over 30 years’ experience of undertaking research on criminal justice in and beyond Scotland. Professor McIvor is a qualified social worker and has previously served as a Member of the Scottish Prison Service and Community Justice Accreditation Panels

Stephen Milloy

Stephen Milloy has recently retired from his substantive post as the Executive Nursing Director for The State Hospitals Board for Scotland, a post he held for 14 years. He has a wide range of experience and knowledge of secure mental health services in Scotland and the UK, and the crucial interface with the criminal justice system. He is a leading figure in mental health nursing in Scotland and has played a key role in helping to shape national policy and programmes. Stephen is also a General Member of The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland; working with legal and medical colleagues to determine the need for compulsory measures, under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2003, for those people with mental health difficulties whose individual care and management require additional safeguards. Stephen was appointed to the Board in August 2015

Darren Myles-Wright

Darren Myles-Wright is currently a company director specialising in performance support, training and research across the youth and criminal justice system in England and Wales. He has worked for probation as a court duty officer and as an offender supervisor in a resettlement hostel housing high risk offenders. Darren worked within the substance misuse field as a manager within Her Majesty’s Prison Service and has worked directly with both male and female adults and children. More recently, Darren worked in the private sector where he managed a team of staff responsible for re-housing young people leaving social services care, to help them develop vital independent living skills. Darren is a certified practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a management and customer service coach, and is a companion member of the Institute of Customer Services. Darren was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

Jackie Peters

Jackie Peters has over twenty-five years’ experience of criminal justice practice, gained in community and correctional settings in Canada, England and Scotland. She has a BA (Hons) in Sociology, a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto and is a qualified social worker. Her career was spent in Canada where she worked in a range of roles including Probation and Parole Officer, and Prison Assistant Superintendent before moving to the UK where she was employed as a Sentence Management Coordinator in Wandsworth Prison. She currently leads Reintegration Services for Edinburgh Community Justice.

Linda Reid

Linda Reid has worked in Forensic Mental Health for the past twenty years and has extensive knowledge and experience in risk assessment and risk management. She lives by the values of respect, integrity trust and fairness.

Dr Karen Richard

Dr Karen Richard working life has been shaped by a strong, multidisciplinary ethos since graduating from Edinburgh University. She gained experience from working as a consultant forensic psychiatrist in the NHS and visiting Scottish Prisons. This experience has informed her role as a medical member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and has developed her interests in the role of protective factors in relation to risk of violence in conjunction with the SAPROF Team at the University of Utrecht.

Morag Slesser

Morag Slesser is a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist and has worked with offenders with and without mental disorder for most of her professional life. She has most recently been Head of Psychological Services at the State Hospital, Carstairs. Ms Slesser has held several public appointments including on the Parole Board for Scotland, the Risk Management Authority Board and has recently been appointed to the Mental Health Tribunal Service.

Stephen Swan

Stephen Swan was formerly Prison Governor and Director of the Scottish Prison Service. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in the care and management of long-term and life sentence prisoners and their transition to the community. Mr Swan also has experience and knowledge of effective governance of public sector organisations and is currently Chair of the Civil Service Appeal Board. Mr Swan is also a Member of the Risk Management Authority.

Rona Sweeney

Rona Sweeney joined the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) in 1987 as an Assistant Governor and enjoyed a 25 year career during which she worked with all categories of prisoners and developed a strong understanding of prison communities. Her last role as a Governor was at HMP Shotts following which she moved to a role as Deputy Director of Prisons and then, on promotion, to Director of Prisons. In this role she was accountable for performance in public sector prisons, other responsibilities included operational readiness, psychological and legal services. In this role Rona was Project Executive for a number of change initiatives including the opening of HMP Low Moss, revision of Prison Rules and revision of risk assessment processes which underpin prisoner progression. Throughout her SPS career she retained an involvement in prisoner casework and interventions to facilitate the reduction of risk of reoffending. From 2012 to 2015 Rona worked in Scottish Government primarily in a policy role in Employability and Skills. Rona was appointed to the Board in August 2015.

Kathryn Dawson

Kathryn Dawson qualified in law from Strathclyde University in 2009. She has practised as a solicitor for six years, during which time she has regularly represented clients in Scotland’s criminal courts, both as a prosecutor and a defence solicitor.

Appointments – Legal Members

Bruce Erroch

Bruce Erroch was a solicitor from 1990 to 1997 and was called to the bar in 1998 and specialised in civil litigation. In 2009, he became an Advocate Depute and was Senior Advocate Depute from 2013 to 2017. Mr Erroch represented the Crown in numerous high-profile prosecutions and appeals. In 2016, he was appointed Legal Convener to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and in 2017 Legal Chair of the Scottish Social Services Council.

Ian Bryce

Mr Ian Bryce was admitted as a solicitor in 1993, and granted extended rights of audience in the High Court of Justiciary in 2005. He appears extensively in the High Court. He has conducted a number of complicated cases in the High Court, and brings extensive experience of the Criminal Justice system, together with an analytical approach to cases. He served on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland between 2006 and 2012, and was latterly elected to the Management Board of the Law Society of Scotland. He has also served on the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Criminal Quality Assurance Committee, and has demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of criminal legal representation, and an understanding of the importance to the public of an efficient and effective legal system. Mr Bryce was appointed to the Board in July 2014. He also sits as a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. 

Simon Di Rollo

Simon Di Rollo QC was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987 and took silk in 2002. He has appeared in many important cases in both the Civil and Criminal courts including Supreme Court/House of Lords, High Court, Court of Session and Sheriff Court. He has extensive and wide-ranging experience in other courts and tribunals including the GMC and the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He lectured in civil procedure at the University of Edinburgh from 2000 until 2012 and was a member of the Sheriff Court Rules Council from 2002 until 2011. He was Crown Counsel (prosecutor in the High Court) from 1997 until 2000 and served regularly as an ad hoc advocate depute since then. Since 2012 most of his work has been in the field of high value reparation in the Court of Session for both pursuers and defenders.

Emma Doyle


Emma Doyle qualified in Law from Edinburgh University in 1986, and practised as a solicitor during which time she regularly represented clients in Scotland’s criminal courts. Thereafter, she has turned her attention to working in the third sector for charities which focus on the needs of families and children. She trained and has worked as a legal mediator since 1993.  Emma was appointed to the Board as a General Member in August 2015 and as a Legal Member in April 2018.


Fiona Grant

Fiona Grant qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and has worked as a civil litigator in Private Practice since. She trained and worked for a large Edinburgh firm for twelve years and acted predominately for public bodies such as Police Scotland, the Ministry of Defence and Transport Scotland. She also spent time on secondment to the Scottish Government Civil Recovery Unit and in-house at National Australia Bank. She presents clients in both Sheriff Courts across Scotland and The Court of Session and she has a particular interest in fraud and financial crime.

Sheriff Tony Kelly


Sheriff Kelly was previously a Solicitor Advocate in both the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary. He was a First-Tier tribunal judge in the Social Entitlement and Immigration and Asylum Chambers. He was appointed a Sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin in September 2019, having previously served as a Summary Sheriff from May 2016. He is a visiting Professor in Human Rights in the University of Strathclyde. Sheriff Kelly has been a Legal Member of the Parole Board for Scotland since July 2014.


Julia MacLaren

Julia MacLaren is a qualified solicitor, admitted in 2008 and for 12 years has worked for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. During that time, as a Procurator Fiscal Depute, she has gained significant experience prosecuting cases in the Sheriff Court. Since 2013, she has worked within the High Court preparing High Court prosecutions, most recently in the specialist Sexual Offences Team. Ms MacLaren has extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, gained through close working relationships with criminal justice partners.

Jill Malloy

Jill Malloy was admitted as a Scottish Solicitor in 1994. She has practised in both the civil and criminal courts and in 1998, she was one of the original five Solicitors appointed to the Public Defence Solicitor’s Office (PDSO) pilot scheme in Edinburgh. Following that, she spent a period in private practise before returning to the PDSO on its expansion to Ayr and Kilmarnock jurisdictions in 2007. Miss Malloy has recently resigned from the PDSO to take up this role.

James McLean

James McLean moved to law after a career in engineering and construction. After training at Doonan McCaig Solicitors, he has specialised in Criminal Law and has appeared and prepared cases at Sheriff and High Court level and has Parole and Children’s Hearing experience. He is currently a criminal solicitor with the SLAB/SCL (“Cadder” team) and has been for over six years. Mr McLean is also a Children’s Panel member and Chair’s such hearing. He also teaches Criminal and Evidence Law at Edinburgh University.

David Nicolson

David Nicolson was a solicitor for 14 years before calling at the bar in 2005. In his 13 years as an Advocate, he has acted principally as defence counsel in High Court trials. For four years he was an Advocate Depute in the Crown Office where he prepared and conducted high court prosecutions, including a number of murder trials

Kate Phillips

Kate Phillips is a Solicitor Advocate and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1993. She has practised exclusively in criminal defence for 25 years and has been instructed in a large number of serious, complex and high profile cases in both the Sheriff Court and High Court of Justiciary. Miss Phillips has conducted many criminal trials and has extensive experience of the criminal justice system and the sentencing process in Scotland.

Patricia Pryce

Patricia Pryce has been a court lawyer for twenty five years, in private and public practice. Patricia has worked for public bodies for the last decade, sitting on multi-agency groups targeting anti-social behaviour, and organised crime and anti-terrorism. She was previously seconded to the Scottish Government as National Co-ordinator for anti-social behaviour, advising Ministers on strategy and performance managing local authorities and police. For the last five years, Ms Pryce has sat on the First-Tier Tribunal for Scotland.

Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a qualified solicitor and a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. She practised in Civil Litigation for over nine years, regularly appearing in court. She has a strong commitment to diversity and has carried out research in this area as a Thyne Scholar. Ms Walker has a keen interest in criminal justice and has recently been appointed as a Justice of the Peace for Tayside, Central and Fife.

Mirian Watson

Mirian Watson qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and thereafter joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service where she worked as a prosecutor for 36 years. During that time she gained extensive experience of the criminal justice system

Wendy Hay

Wendy Hay is an advocate specialising in Criminal cases and appeals. She has enjoyed 14 years of a criminal law career, dealing with clients, witnesses and members of the public. Miss Hay is the secretary of the Scottish Criminal Bar Association (SCBA) which involves organising events and the Association as a whole, together with engaging in activities to further the aims of the SCBA and its members.

Lord Mullholland

Lord Mulholland was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.The Rt Hon Frank Mulholland QC graduated in law at Aberdeen University (1981) and is also a Masters Graduate in Business Administration at Edinburgh University (1997). He was appointed as the Solicitor General for Scotland in 2007 and the Lord Advocate in 2011 He has wide experience including having been Procurator Fiscal in Edinburgh, Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders, Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel. He has dealt with the most challenging and high profile cases as a prosecutor and has appeared in appellate courts, including a full bench of the Appeal Court and in the UK Supreme Court.  He was appointed as a Temporary Judge of the Court of Session in September 2016 and was installed as a Senator of the College of Justice in December 2016.He was appointed to the Parole Board in Febuary 2019.  As a serving Senator of the College of Justice, no fee is payable in respect of his work on the Board’.

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