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Delivering Effective Justice in Scotland: Getting smarter on crime and the causes of crime


Humza Yousaf MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Scottish Government

Humza Yousafwas born in Glasgow on April 7, 1985. He was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department's prestigious International Visitor Learning Programme.

He went on to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP. He was a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to former First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow region in May 2011. He was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in September 2012. Humza Yousaf was appointed Minister for Transport and the Islands in May 2016.

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Sean Duffy

Chief Executive, The Wise Group

Sean joined The Wise Group in January 2018 as Chief Executive. He was recently commercial director of Newsquest Scotland and has an impressive senior leadership track record with a number of high profile organisations such as FirstGroup, National Express and STV Group. He is highly qualified and experienced in strategic leadership, business growth, stakeholder engagement and service delivery. Sean is a member of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board, and a non-executive director of South Lanarkshire College.  He holds an MBA with Distinction from Strathclyde Business School. 

Martin Dorchester

Chief Executive, Includem

Martin Dorchester became Chief Executive of Includem in March 2018.

Previously Martin was the CEO of the David MacBrayne Group where he operated as Managing Director of both Argyll Ferries Ltd and Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac Ferries Ltd)

His notable achievements included securing the £1billion, 8-year contract to operate Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services, and the £1billion, 35-year-contract to operate Marchwood Military Port in Southampton, through Solent Gateway Ltd, a joint venture with GBA Holdings Ltd.

In a career spanning 30 years Martin has operated nationally and internationally with organisations covering logistics, technology and finance. As CEO of Dixon's B2B operation Martin built up the largest Apple reseller business in the UK as well as developing a £100m public sector business. Martin was part of the team that brought the 5 radio authorities together to create Ofcom and worked with the London Borough of Hackney on developing its infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics. Martin is also a keen lecturer and academic and has written a number of papers covering areas as diverse as CSR and Emotional Intelligence in Management Development.

Martin is a non-executive director with Traveline UK and the Sailors' Orphan Society of Scotland. He is a supporter of Social and Community Business and chairs Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises.

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Niven Rennie

Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.


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Robert McLaughlin, South Ayrshire Council,
Delegate at Raising Young Scots Conference, November 2017

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