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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 Yousaf was 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 before being appointed Minister for Transport and the Islands in May 2016.  In June 2018 he was appointed to his current role as Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

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Fiona Dyer

Interim Director, CSYJ (Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice)

Fiona have been with CYCJ since its inception. As Interim Director, she leads CYCJ in its work to improve children’s lives through improving policy, practice and knowledge about the issues related to offending by children and young people.

This involves supporting professionals from all disciplines who work with young people who offend by promoting best practice based on up-to-date evidence and research. She also manage the IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth) service, which is a high risk psychological and social work mental health service for young people who present a risk to others.

Previous to joining CYCJ, Fiona was seconded to the Scottish Government youth justice team for three years, initially as project manager for the young people who offend project, and latterly to support the national implementation of the Whole System Approach. Prior to this, she worked for ten years as a social worker and social work manager within the fields of youth and criminal justice, starting her career in inner city Glasgow, then Edinburgh and latterly Dumfries and Galloway.

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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 Group Chief Executive of the David MacBrayne Group, including CALMAC Ferries, Argyll Ferries Ltd and Solent Gateway.

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 and more recently on children and young people.

Martin is a Co-chair of the Independent Care Review and a Non-executive Director of CCPS. He has held a number of non-executive roles including: Non-executive Director of Traveline Scotland, The Sailors' Orphan Society of Scotland and most recently Transport for Wales. He is a supporter of Social and Community Business and Chaired Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises.
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Karyn McCluskey

Chief Executive, Community Justice Scotland

Karyn worked in the police for 22 years in Sussex, Lancashire, West Mercia, Strathclyde and Police Scotland. In 2016 Karyn took up the post of Chief Executive for Community Justice Scotland.

In 2004 Karyn and John Carnochan set up the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit which addressed violence as a public health problem in Scotland. They developed injury surveillance, gang intervention and gang exit, and focused on preventing knife carrying, injury and passionate advocates of early years support and the role of trauma. She helps support Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, set up in conjunction with the Violence Reduction Unit.

Karyn trained as a Registered Nurse, has a B.Sc and M.Sc in Psychology and is a fellow by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health. She received Honorary Doctorate from University of Glasgow for work on prevention of violence and an Honorary Masters from the Open University. She was presented with the Presidents Medal from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2018 for work on violence prevention and the Saltire Award. She has worked in a variety of areas within the NHS, East Africa and HM Prisons. She has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction.

 She is a Board Member of Simon Community Scotland tackling homelessness and is on the Board of the Scottish Professional Football League.

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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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