Colin is Chair of our Board of Trustees. He 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.
Beth is our Treasurer. She has over 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.
Annika is Chief Executive of Safe in Scotland (formerly Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers), a human rights charity that develops and delivers safe, dignified accommodation and trauma-informed support for people experiencing asylum-related destitution. 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.
Deirdre 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.
Since 2013, Deirdre has sat as a Legal Convener to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and was further appointed as Convener to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland in 2015.
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.
Katharine is an Associate Professor in International Migration in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
Working virtually from her home in Glasgow, she has been conducting advocacy-related migration research for over 20 years for the UN, NGOs and grant-making foundations. Katharine specialises in writing about employment rights for migrants, trafficking and forced labour, and business and human rights.
She is motivated by a passion for challenging the accelerating global precarity of migration. Katharine also serves as a Trustee for A Moment’s Peace, a socially engaged theatre company producing art, activism and solidarity; and for Bazooka Arts, which provides therapeutic arts for children and adults.
Lindsey 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.
Mahlea is the London Project Manager at the Migrants’ Rights Network. She works across policy, advocacy, research, and network development to create a just society for all migrants. She advises on the Greater London Authority’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Board, the Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Panel, and the No Recourse to Public Funds steering group.
Mahlea is also in the final stages of a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis focuses on reframing the anti-human trafficking narrative through the perspective of migration policy reform.
Her professional background includes having previously worked across 30+ countries on combating the issue of sexual and labour exploitation, gaining experience especially in program development and strategy.
Maria 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.
She is on the Steering Group of the University of Glasgow’s Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and the Director of the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE).
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.