Johnny Gwynne, Chair
Johnny recently retired from a varied career in law enforcement where his last role was as Deputy Chief Constable in Police Scotland. He was also a director of the UK National Crime Agency, where, as the Head of CEOP he held responsibility for tackling child exploitation particularly on line. Johnny was awarded the Queen’s Police medal for distinguished service.
Joanna McCreadie, Chief Executive
Joanna is a social worker with extensive experience working with looked-after children and young people, and with survivors of abuse. She has a wide range of experience in child protection, residential care and education, having worked with national inspectorates and leading charities. Joanna has led and contributed to national reviews and guidance, most recently co-leading work on love as part of the Independent Care Review.
Dr. Darling has a background in safeguarding. She is a Research Associate at Durham University, and Senior Research Fellow for a programme examining vulnerability hosted by the National Police Chiefs’ Council of England and Wales.
Dr. Higgins is a consultant clinical psychologist with expertise in trauma associated with historical abuse. She has led and contributed to psychological services within the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
An advocate at the Scottish Bar, Andrew has over 14 years’ experience in courts and tribunals. In 2020 he was selected as a panel member for the Disabled People’s Organisations COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
A social worker with forty years’ experience, Dr. Anne Houston OBE led the development of ChildLine for 17 years, and was CEO of Children 1st. She is currently Vice Chair of the Care Inspectorate.
Chair of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and a member of the Unitary Board of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (England and Wales), Bill has wide experience across the public sector, particularly in criminal justice.
A qualified social worker, Brian has more than 30 years’ experience working with children, young people and families. He has worked in different settings as a practitioner and leader. Brian is currently Head of Support at The Promise.
As a solicitor, Eileen had wide experience of cases of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She was previously Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow University, and is currently a member of a number of regulatory committees.
With over 23 years’ experience of working on complex casework with vulnerable groups, Emma founded the Roots Foundation, a charity which supports people who are or have been in care. She is a panel member for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Jane is a lawyer with 25 years’ experience that includes human rights, criminal justice reform and advising national policing bodies. She co-founded and led a charity that worked to address discrimination and violence against women and girls.
A social worker with over 35 years’ experience with children and families, adult and disability services, Jacqui was Policy Advisor for Safeguarding in Northern Ireland. She is a panel member of the Historical Institutional Abuse Statutory Redress Board.
Lynne has supported survivors of sexual abuse for a decade with the Strathclyde Rape Crisis Centre, providing face-to-face, telephone and group counselling support. She has 25 years’ experience as a senior leader across the public, private and third sectors.
Marcia is a social worker with over 30 years’ experience, including work with survivors of historical abuse. She is a panel member for the Redress Board in Northern Ireland and a facilitator for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
A qualified solicitor, Mary worked at the WAVE Trauma Centre and Victim Support Northern Ireland before joining Relatives for Justice in 2016. She is a member of the Appeals Panel Northern Ireland and the Gender Legacy Integration Group.
Before retirement, Paul was Head of Service in CrossReach. He has over 35 years’ experience in the care and education sectors. He was the joint chair of the Interaction Action Plan Review Group with the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
A clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in complex trauma, with a particular focus on institutional abuse, Rachel is the former head of Scotland’s acknowledgement forum, and is experienced in working with survivors of historical abuse.
A practicing solicitor and academic, Safina is a member of both the Employment Tribunal and the First Tier Social Entitlement Chamber. She is also an independent chair for NHS England.
Clinical Services Director with the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, Dr. Gower is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in complex trauma, child development and residential care.
Sara is a qualified social worker with wide experience of working with children and families. She recently retired from The Fostering Network, where she was the Director of Scotland, and the UK safeguarding lead.
An advocate at the Scottish Bar and JP in Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Susan’s legal practice and experience has a particular emphasis on child and family law. She was appointed a Children’s Safeguarder in 2013.
A public law barrister, Zeenat has experience in working with community organisations, vulnerable individuals and people from minoritised groups. Since 2017 she has been instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.