The Board

Our Board meet bi-monthly to deliver its governance and oversight duties. The Board is responsible to Scottish Ministers, and sets the strategic direction of the RMA. Find more information in our Corporate Publications section.

Got a question for our Board? Drop us an e-mail: info@rma.gov.scot

DR GERALDINE O’HARE (Convener)

Dr Geraldine O’Hare is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist and former Director of Rehabilitation and Head of Psychological Services with the Probation Board for N. Ireland where she worked for 28 years. Following a Churchill Fellowship to the USA, Geraldine was instrumental in introducing problem solving justice initiatives to N. Ireland and led on the introduction of the first Problem Solving Courts in N. Ireland.

Geraldine was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Presidential Award for Innovation and Practice for her work in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation, and she holds roles within the justice and health sectors both nationally and internationally. 

JAMES MAYBEE

James Maybee is a qualified social worker and holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences. He has an extensive career as a probation officer, justice social worker and senior manager, most recently with responsibility for justice services in Highland Council. He chaired Social Work Scotland’s justice standing committee for 3 years prior to leaving Highland in January 2022 and joining SWS as their justice policy and practice lead. 

Currently, he is a Parole Board for Scotland General Member and a Social Services Fitness to Practice Member of the Scottish Social Services Council and also undertakes consultancy work. 

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MICHELE GILLULEY

Michele Gilluley is a registered and chartered Forensic Psychologist. She has over 20 years’ experience of risk assessment and management of offenders in custody and secure care in Scotland. Ms Gilluley brings to her role additional experience of acting as an expert to the Council of Europe, consulting on projects related to improving human rights in countries across Europe.

Further to this, she is a senior lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and past Chair and Vice Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology Scotland. She is also a Member of the Scottish Advisory Panel for Offender Rehabilitation.

STEPHEN MCALLISTER

Stephen McAllister is a former Divisional Commander with Police Scotland with extensive experience in the management of change and risk.

Since retirement from Police Scotland, Mr McAllister has served on the Boards of the Samaritans, the Golden Jubilee Foundation Board and Chair of Lifelink – a Glasgow based wellbeing Social Enterprise.  

JIM FARISH

Jim Farish joined the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) after a twenty year career in the construction industry. During his SPS career he held a number of senior roles including Governor in Charge of four prisons, Assistant Director of Prisons as well as a period seconded to HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland as Deputy Chief Inspector.

He has a strong human rights background having led the project to ensure that rights and their importance were clearly articulated within each of the standards used for the inspection of prisons in Scotland. 

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DR JOE JUDGE

Dr Joe Judge is a clinical psychologist. He has worked in a wide range of forensic and non-forensic mental health settings and has long standing clinical and research interests in the risk assessment of violence and sexual violence.

Dr Judge has a special interest in the application of psychological formulation for people with complex relational difficulties.

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