26 Apr, 2023

New RMA Board Convener and Member

We are delighted to welcome Geraldine O’Hare as Convener and James Maybee as Board Member.

On Friday 21 April, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs announced the appointment of Dr Geraldine O’Hare as Convener of the RMA Board, and James Maybee as Member.

Our Board meet bi-monthly and are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the RMA. We are pleased to welcome Geraldine and James, who bring their collective knowledge, skills and experience to the RMA to help make Scotland safer.

Mark McSherry, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to welcome Geraldine and James to the RMA Board. Having worked with both in the past, I know that their experience and knowledge will be of significant benefit to the RMA. We are all looking forward to working with and learning from them both.”

Geraldine O’Hare is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist and former Director of Rehabilitation and Head of Psychological Services for the Probation Board for Northern Ireland. Geraldine has worked extensively within the criminal justice system for over 28 years, and as the Director of Rehabilitation within Probation Services, held responsibility for a range of areas including prisons, mental health, treatment programmes and Problem-Solving Courts. Geraldine holds roles within the justice and health sectors both nationally and internationally and is a Trustee for the Centre for Justice Innovation, London, and the Foyle Family Justice Centre, N. Ireland.

James Maybee holds a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a Masters degree in Social Services. He has an extensive career in justice including as a probation officer, justice social worker and in senior management with responsibility for justice services in Highland Council. James has been the Convener to the Justice Social Work Standing Committee for three years and held strategic roles with Social Work Scotland. James is also a member of Parole Board for Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council.

Both appointments will be for four years and will run from 21 April 2023 to 20 April 2027. See all Board Members here.

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