Our chair is Deirdre Hanlon who has over 17 years’ experience in the voluntary legal sector; specifically providing specialist legal advice, assistance and representation to people with a mental health diagnosis or disability across a wide range of civil legal issues.
Deirdre was appointed HM Legal Commissioner to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland in 2006 serving for a period of five years.
Deirdre also edits the Health and Education Chamber Tribunal Members Bulletin. Deirdre is a partner in Kirk Hanlon solicitors where she specialises in incapacity law.
Our Treasurer is Beth Anderson who has 30 years’ experience in the finance sector working in a variety of roles for charities such as Turning Point Scotland, Richmond Fellowship, Legal Services Agency and latterly Quarriers.
Beth is a Qualified Law Accountant and a member of the Society of Law Accountants Scotland.
Maria Fletcher is Senior Lecturer in European Law and Deputy Head of the School of Law at the University of Glasgow. She teaches and researches EU law, with a particular focus on the fields of migration, citizenship and criminal Justice and a particular interest in nurturing and producing impact through collaborative civic engagement.
Maria is currently leading a collaborative project to mark the 2019 centenary of women in law and is working with Human Rights Consortium Scotland to inform, support and advise civil society organisations in Scotland about the impacts of Brexit. She has experience of governance in charitable sector through her previous campaigning and chairing role with a Glasgow community centre.
Annika is Director of Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers, a charity that develops and delivers accommodation for people made destitute by the UK asylum system, and for whom access to statutory homelessness services is prohibited. She is also an active voice in advocating for the policy and legislative changes that would mean the organisation is no longer required!
Her professional background is in the development of museums and galleries that actively address their institutional history and practice of exclusion and exclusivity.
Colin is a Professor of Mental Health and Capacity Law at Edinburgh Napier University. He is on the Executive team of the current review of Scottish mental health law.
From 2014-2020 he was Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission. The Commission is a statutory agency responsible for protecting the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.
Previously Colin worked in the Scottish Government for 14 years, working on areas including mental health law, strategy and public service reform. For several years he had responsibility for civil justice policy, including legal aid and court reform. Before that he was a solicitor, and spent 10 years with ENABLE Scotland, where he led campaigning and policy work, established the ENABLE Trustee Service, and served as a Mental Welfare Commissioner for 2 years.
Ros is a coach and mentor, and was until recently a Trustee of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.
Previously she worked in the public sector in England and Scotland, starting as a lecturer in English and Communications in a further education college, moving to Scotland in 1997 as Principal of Cardonald College in Glasgow, and going on from there to work for four years as Scotland Director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Ros has extensive governance experience, having held three Ministerial appointments on the boards of public bodies in Scotland, as well as supporting various charities as a Trustee.
Lindsey Reynolds is a senior solicitor at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. As part of that role, she sits on the legal working group of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies. She also sits as a Legal Convener to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.
Prior to joining the Commission, Lindsey worked at a national law centre in Scotland for over ten years, gaining experience in a range of areas of civil practice including mental health, refugee and asylum, discrimination, public law/ judicial review and housing/ homelessness.
Lindsey has an interest in legal education. She has a Masters degree in Human Rights Law and teaches human rights on the diploma in legal practice at the University of Glasgow.
Robin is the Advanced Specialist Care Operations Manager at Balhousie Care Group, having spent over 17 years’ experience working in the health and social care sector. Robin has held roles at frontline practice, management, and directorate level.
Robin has held several roles in private, statutory, and third sector organisations in areas such as Policy Implementation, Homelessness and Criminal Justice, and has a professional focus on workforce development, improvement methodologies, and strategic planning.
Robin also serves as a Trustee for Share Scotland, which is a third sector organisation focussed on realising life ambitions for people with additional support needs.