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.

Photograph of David Crawford


David Crawford is a qualified social worker and worked in local authority social work in Scotland for more than 30 years. 

He was the Director of Social Work for Renfrewshire Council from 2001 to 2007 and then the Executive Director of Social Care Services with Glasgow City Council until his retirement from local government in 2012. 

He has an extensive background in criminal justice work including 5 years as manager of the social work service in Barlinnie Prison and was a member of the Maclean Committee which recommended the setting up of the Risk Management Authority. 


Dr Aileen Burnett is a consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ experience of working with mentally disordered offenders. She has extensive experience of offering direct and indirect Psychological treatment to adult forensic patients.

She has developed expertise in the assessment, management and treatment of personality disordered offenders. She also has a special interest in the needs of children and young people who present a risk of harm to others.

Photograph of Terry Powell
Photography by Pete Copeland


Terry Powell was a member of Lothian and Borders Police, joining in 1980. During his police career he undertook a wide range of responsibilities, including senior investigating officer, the planning and command of high profile events and divisional commander for East Lothian and Midlothian. 

Following his retirement from the police in 2010, he spent seven years as a member for the Parole Board for Scotland with responsibility for assessing the risk of offenders and making decisions regarding their release into the community on licence. Terry has a wide range of experience in Public Protection and promoting community safety in Scotland. 

Photograph of 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 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 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. 

Photograph of Joe Judge
Photography by Pete Copeland


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.