Mark McSherry (Chief Executive)

    I started my career working in residential care, alternative to custody programmes and youth justice before joining SACRO in 1997. I studied social work  and provided programmes on Domestic Abuse and support services to woman and children across the Forth Valley as well as programmes for those convicted of sexual offending and for young people on Probation.

    I held posts at Glasgow Community Safety Services providing restorative programmes with young people, prior to becoming Head of the Scottish Government’s Effective Practice Unit in 2007. I first joined the RMA in 2010 and became CE in 2019.

    Paul Keoghan (Director of Corporate Services)

    I joined the Risk Management Authority in 2008 as Director Corporate Services with key responsibilities to provide assurance to the Board and Chief Executive on all areas of corporate  governance and finance.

    Prior to working with the Risk Management Authority I worked for 16 years in the education sector as Deputy General Manager with the University Strathclyde Students’ Association with functions to deliver social, wellbeing and representative services to students. I also worked in London where I gained 5 years’ experience in the private sector working for multinationals such as Hillsdown Holdings and GKN PLC.

    My experience is supported by various qualifications including an MBA from Strathclyde University, a Diploma in Corporate Governance and Chartered Manager status.

    Lesley Weber (Head of Effective Practice)

    I am a qualified social worker, spending the last 13 years in London specialising in domestic abuse, the wider violence against women and girls (VAWG) agenda, and public protection.

    I have held specialist operational and strategic managerial roles in statutory children and families services, the family courts and the domestic abuse sector.  A key focus of mine has been to implement evidence-based practice, ensuring consistency in the use of risk assessment and risk management tools.  This has involved supporting professionals and agencies to take a more triangulated approach to domestic abuse/VAWG through taking into account the children, victim and perpetrator when assessing and planning.  I have practiced as an expert risk and vulnerability assessor for the family courts in cases where domestic abuse is a concern.

    Debbie Campbell

    Debbie Campbell (Head of OLR)

    I am a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist.  During my early career I worked in addiction services; secure mental health and latterly the Scottish Prison Service. I achieved my Chartered and Registered status in 2019.

    I have a wealth of experience in assessment and interventions for general and sexual violence. Through various roles I have had the opportunity to develop, deliver and manage offending behaviour programmes delivered in custody. Working across different prisons also provided significant experience in psychological assessment in areas including general, sexual and intimate partner violence, cognitive functioning and personality.

    I have a keen interest in the management of individuals who present a high risk of general and sexual violence. In 2020 this prompted a move to the Risk Management Authority where I am now the Head of Order for Lifelong Restriction.

    Geoff Tordzro-Taylor (Head of Development)

    I’ve worked in care, mental health and prison settings and qualified as a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Forensic Psychologist in 2019.

    When I first joined the RMA in 2017 I worked on training initiatives and standards and guidelines.  More recently I’ve moved into senior management where I’ve managed OLR functions, and supported agencies with risk assessment and management.  As Head of Development I have strategic responsibility for research, development and evaluation functions.

    I enjoy translating current thinking around risk assessment, formulation and management into research projects, approaches to assessment, and producing education and training initiatives.

    Rachel Webb (Risk Practice Lead)

    I joined the RMA in 2015 as an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) Case Worker after graduating with an MSc in Forensic Psychology. I have worked across the Delivery and Development Team and am now in the role of Risk Practice Lead (Development). Prior to joining the RMA, I worked in residential and secure care.

    I have published work on the Order for Lifelong Restriction, the use of LS/CMI in Scotland and Internet Offending. I have also published research that explores trauma, PTSD symptoms and aggression amongst looked after young people. As part of a recent voluntary role, I contributed to research examining body image amongst young women in Scotland.

    Ian McIntosh (Effective Practice Lead)

    I joined the Risk Management Authority’s Development Team in 2011 and I have lead responsibility for the development and delivery of initiatives to support services in the implementation of risk assessment and management practice.  A large part of this role involves supporting practitioners and services in the use of the LS/CMI method and system.

    I have been co-delivering the Risk Practice training course since 2015 and have been mightily impressed by the dedication, knowledge and skills of a great number of delegates who come on to this course.  I look forward to meeting many more of you in future training courses.

    Elaine Ferguson

    Dr Elaine Ferguson (Effective Practice Lead)

    I joined the RMA in October 2020 as part of the Effective Practice team. I come to the RMA from an academic legal background, having graduated with a law degree from the University of Glasgow in 2013 before going on to a PhD focused on orders for lifelong restriction.

    Previously, I taught on a range of law modules at the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling including criminal law and evidence, jurisprudence, medical law, and a number of other private and public law courses. My research interests in criminal law, criminal procedure, and mental health law are broad, but my special interest and expertise lie in the field of risk-based sentencing. My role as Effective Practice Lead (Policy) involves drawing upon my prior expertise to inform evidence-based, impactful policy development.

    Julie Webber (Effective Practice Officer)

    I joined the Risk Management Authority’s Development Team in 2015. Prior to this I worked in the Scottish Prison Service within the ICM department, after studying psychology where I developed a keen interest in forensics and criminal justice.

    I have responsibility for supporting the wonderful Ian McIntosh (Risk Practice Lead) in the development and delivery of initiatives to support services in the implementation of risk assessment and management practice. A large part of my role as Risk Practice Officer involves supporting practitioners and services in the use of the LS/CMI method and system.

    I have a keen interest in the use of LS/CMI data to inform service planning, enabling and supporting local authorities in service led evaluation and development of quality assurance practices and processes. I enjoy travelling the country meeting with practitioners to learn about the and initiatives being developed and exploring how the challenges faced.

    Ross Pollock (Risk Practice Lead)

    Prior to joining the RMA, my previous occupation had been managing an employment advice service for members of the British Medical Association. My main academic background is in psychology.

    Since commencing employment with the RMA in 2007, I have been engaged mainly in functions related to the Order for Lifelong Restriction. I have been heavily involved in the accreditation of the Risk Assessors who produce the reports which inform sentencing decisions where an OLR is being considered. As the number of persons subject to the OLR has increased, I have mainly been engaged in the challenges of ensuring that partner agencies are enabled to successfully manage this population in accordance with statutory requirements and best practice. I have played a key role in developing and applying the processes used by the RMA to ensure that such requirements are met.

    Throughout my tenure with the organisation, I have developed positive working relationships with key custodial stakeholders. Now, as an increasing number of people subject to the OLR progress towards community release, I look forward to cultivating similarly supportive relationships with community-based partners.

    My RMA career has also fostered an interest in the treatment and management of complex trauma, given its prevalence amongst the OLR population.

    Emma Harley (OLR Officer)

    I joined the RMA in September 2017 as an OLR Case Worker, before moving into the role of OLR Officer in October 2019.  I have worked in various roles in third sector mental health services in Scotland, and more recently was involved in the set up and establishment of the National Confidential Forum as a member of support staff, and latterly as acting support manager.

    My role involved supporting the development of trauma-informed policy and processes, direct support to participants and external engagement.  I had a lead role in introducing the opportunity to engage with the service to those in Scottish prisons.

    My interest in a professional transition to the field of Criminal Justice was ignited by this particular piece of work, prompting me to undertake a MSc Forensic Psychology, which I completed just before joining the RMA.

    I have an ongoing interest in the impact of primary and secondary trauma, in the offending population, victims and those working within the field.

    Lesley Martin (OLR Case worker)

    I joined the RMA in November 2014 as an OLR Case Worker.  Prior to this role I practised as a solicitor, having studied Law at Glasgow University and the former Glasgow Graduate School of Law. I completed my traineeship and became a fully qualified in 2009.

    I gained experienced in both civil and criminal legal practice, having worked in both the private sector and local government, eventually settling in Paisley for 3 years prior to moving “down the road” to join the RMA in their Anchor Mill office.  It was my experience of the criminal court process that influenced my decision to leave front line legal practice behind and put my skills to the test within a different area of Criminal Justice.

    I have wide-ranging knowledge of criminal procedure, risk assessment and offender management policy and practice. My role as an OLR Case Worker involves reviewing and evaluating Risk Management Plans, Annual Implementation Reports, Risk Assessment Reports and Accreditation applications to ensure compliance with legislation and RMA Standards and Guidelines.

    Hayley Warburton (OLR Case worker)

    I joined the Risk Management Authority in September 2017 as an OLR Case Worker. I qualified as a Probation Officer (England & Wales) in 2001 and was employed with Merseyside and Cheshire Probation Trusts before relocating to Scotland in 2012.  I worked in Hertfordshire for a period where I was seconded to Hertfordshire County Council (multi-agency) Family Safeguarding Team in a Domestic Abuse (Probation) Officer role undertaking risk assessments and delivering interventions to perpetrators of domestic abuse.

    I also have experience of working for a specialist domestic abuse advocacy service in Scotland supporting victims.

    My role as an OLR Case Worker with the RMA Delivery Team involves reviewing and evaluating Risk Management Plans, Annual Implementation Reports, Risk Assessment Reports and Accreditation applications to ensure compliance with legislation and RMA Standards and Guidelines.  I am currently undertaking a PDA in domestic abuse advocacy (IDAA) delivered by Safelives, ASSIST and Scottish Women’s Aid.

    Emily West (OLR Case Worker)

    I joined the RMA in December 2020 as an OLR Case Worker, working across the OLR Team and the Development Team. After completing my MSc in forensic psychology in 2019, I worked within the addictions field, as well as supporting females within the criminal justice system. I have experience in providing support to individuals in recovery, as well as supporting victims of crimes with Victim Support Scotland and supporting families affected by drugs and alcohol through voluntary work completed over her undergraduate and masters degrees.

    Joanne McFarlane (Training and Events Co-ordinator)

    I joined the RMA in July 2006 as Administration Assistant and in April 2007 took over the newly developed role of Training & Events Co-ordinator.

    My role  is to co-ordinate the delivery of RMA training courses and the management of RMA events.  I support the development and management of the RMA’s annual programme of training events, conferences and seminars.  This ranges across administration, communication and management of events.

    My role can be challenging sometimes but very rewarding when a training event, conference or seminar is well received and delegates provide positive feedback and evaluations.

    Katie Barr (Research Officer)

    I joined the RMA as a Research Officer in 2020. Previously, I was a qualified social worker and Mental Health Officer, having worked in both Canada and Scotland.

    I’ve worked primarily in areas related to mental health, sexual health, and domestic abuse, providing individual support and facilitating psychoeducational groups. I am particularly interested in participatory and qualitative forms of research.

    Rebecca Wagstaff (Research Officer)

    I joined the RMA in 2020, as a Research Officer.

    After completing a degree in Speech and Language Therapy, I worked primarily in the third sector for a few years, before making the move to Scotland in order to complete an MSc in the Psychology of Language. Having caught the research bug, I began a PhD in 2015 and, more latterly, worked concurrently as a research assistant, with a focus on lifelong learning.

    Lucy Jackman

    Lucy Jackman (Governance Officer)

    I joined the Risk Management Authority in 2020 as Governance Officer to provide support functions relating to Corporate Governance, Human Resources and Records Management.  This role involves compliance reporting and coordinating the development of corporate policies and procedures, internal control systems and performance management processes.

    With a degree in Business Economics & Management Science, I have come to the RMA from a Compliance Management role, having spent the last 20 years working in business compliance and development across multiple sectors UK wide.

    Margaret Smith

    Margaret Smith (Communications Officer)

    With a background in arts marketing and communications, I joined the Risk Management Authority in October 2020 as Communications Officer. I have a keen interest in data-driven communications and engaging design. Working within the Business Team, my role is to lead the development and implementation of strategic and effective communications.

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