Profiles of the members of the Executive Committee are presented below.
Dr Liz Aston, School of Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Liz Aston has been an active member of the SIPR research community since its establishment and she was appointed as Director of SIPR in June 2018, succeeding its founding Director, Prof Nick Fyfe. She has recently been appointed by the Scottish Government to chair an Independent Advisory Group on New and Emerging Technologies in Policing.
Liz has a a strong record of collaborative research on local policing both in Scotland and in Europe, including involvement in major international projects on community policing and stop and search. She is also highly experienced in knowledge exchange and in building strong research-practitioner relationships. She is an Associate Professor of Criminology and was, until her SIPR appointment, Head of Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier.
Monica Boyle, School of Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University
Monica Boyle joined the SIPR team in July 2019 from the Australian National University where she was the Manager of the College of Arts and Social Sciences' Research Office.
In addition to her undergraduate study in Psychology, Monica is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh where she received a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Monica has worked across a variety of sectors including private research consultancy, NGOs, and the Scottish Government’s Justice Analytical Services. She has spent the last eight years in Australia where, in addition to her work with the ANU, she also worked with the Australian Commonwealth Department of Social Services and with the Australian Institute of Criminology where she managed the National Deaths in Custody and National Police Custody programs.
Dr Megan O'Neill, University of Dundee
Megan O'Neill is a Reader at the University of Dundee and has an extensive background of policing research with a focus on issues of social interaction in policing, both within the organisation and with the public and partners. Her work has included studies of football policing, Black Police Associations, community policing, partnership working and Police Community Support Officers. She is part of the Unity Project, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, to study community policing and its adaptation to the new challenges of policing neighbourhoods across the EU. She was appointed as the SIPR Associate Director for the Police-Community Relations Network in August 2018.
Dr Penny Woolnough, Abertay University
Penny Woolnough is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Abertay University in Scotland. A Fellow of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology and a Registered Forensic Psychologist she acts as an Expert Advisor to the UK National Crime Agency and to Police Scotland in relation to missing persons. Her research interests focus on the policing of vulnerable persons and she is currently engaged in projects relating to missing persons, suicide, and public protection. She was appointed as the SIPR Associate Director for the Evidence & Investigation Network in February 2016.
Professor Denise Martin, Abertay University
Denise Martin has been Professor of Criminology at Abertay University since 2019. Prior to this she worked at a number of insitutions including the Open University, UWS, University of Brighton and Middlsex University. Her main research interests are in the area of policing and penology. She has been involved in a range of research projects and evalutations and worked with a range of agencies, including the Home Office, Scottish Prison Service, Police Scotland, Mayors Office for Policing and Crime and National Police Chieif Council. She is specifically interested in the intersection and Law Enforcement and Public Health and is part of the Special Interest Group for Education for GLEPHA. She has been the Associate Director of the Education and Leadership Network for the Scottish Institute of Police Research since 2016 and is interested in Police Learning and Development and organisational culture and change.
Professor Lesley McMillan, Glasgow Caledonian University
Lesley McMillan is Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Glasgow Caledonian University; she is SIPR Associate Director for the Public Protection Network. Her research interests surround gender inequality and crime and justice. In particular, she is interested in institutional responses to gendered and sexual violence, including policing, forensic medical examination and evidence, and victim experience. She also has a research interest in violence prevention, and the use and role of technology in sexual violence perpetration, intervention and prevention. She has an ongoing interest in missing persons, adult protection and mental health, and is a qualified BACP psychotherapist.
ACC Gary Ritchie, Partnership and Prevention, Police Scotland
As Assistant Chief Constable Operational Change & Resilience, and Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing, ACC Ritchie is responsible for the Digitally Enabled Policing Programme and Strategic Design Authority.
Before taking up his current post ACC Ritchie had been working in the Operational Change and Resilience portfolio since late 2018, having been seconded from his role as Local Policing Commander at Dumfries and Galloway Division.
He had been promoted to Chief Superintendent at Dumfries and Galloway in 2016, having previously been a support superintendent in Edinburgh. On inception of Police Scotland, Chief Superintendent Ritchie led the Local Policing Development and Support team as both a temporary and substantive Superintendent from 2013 to 2015.
Kirsty-Louise Campbell, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Police Scotland, is an experienced leader, developing successful strategy, insight, innovation and transformation across a number of sectors. Experience includes leading the successful re-design and transformation of a major public sector body and leading award winning strategy and insight services. In Police Scotland, Kirsty-Louise has developed the overarching strategic outcomes for policing along with new strategies for public contact and engagement and cyber along with building capability and capacity in policing for public engagement, insight and innovation.
Tom Nelson, Director of Forensic Services, Scottish Police Authority
Tom Nelson has been a Forensic Scientist for 25 years. Fifteen of those years were spent with the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory. He started work in chemistry but later developed an expertise in fire investigation. He has also worked extensively in the paint, glass and general chemistry departments. He has been heavily involved in shaping the new forensic service over the past few years. Tom previously held the post of head of Lothian Borders Police Forensic Science Support Department and has recently been appointed Director of the new Scottish Forensic Science Service.
Barry Sillers, Director of Strategy, Scottish Police Authority
Barry’s career is best described as the development and delivery of strategic change. After graduating from Glasgow University, Barry started his career as an officer in the Royal Navy, during which time he joined NATO in a senior post with responsibility for the combat readiness of the NATO Response Force, before joining NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board where he led the development of the Future Strategy for Health and Social Care known as Moving Forward Together. He joined the Authority in January 2019. Barry is a trustee of Foundation Scotland, an independent charity established to strengthen local communities by providing a source of funding to community led projects the length and breadth of Scotland.
Dr Alistair Fraser
Alistair Fraser is the Director of SCCJR and Senior Lecturer in Criminology based at the University of Glasgow. His work focuses on three main areas: youth, gangs and street culture; urban ethnography and qualitative methods; and global and comparative criminology. His first book, ‘Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City’ (2015, Oxford University Press) was co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize and shortlisted for the BBC/BSA ‘Thinking Allowed’ Award for Ethnography. His second book, ‘Gangs & Crime: Critical Alternatives’, was published in 2017 by Sage. He has received funding from the ESRC, RGC (Hong Kong), British Academy and Scottish Government. From 2017-2018, Alistair was one of the BBC’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ and collaborated with BBC producers to create a series of broadcasts on themes of youth and gangs. Most recently, Alistair was lead author on a major new report with SCCJR colleagues on the ‘Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland’.