Professor Nancy Loucks OBE – Chair
Nancy is the Chief Executive of Families Outside, a Scottish voluntary organisation that works on behalf of families affected by imprisonment. Prior to this she worked as an Independent Criminologist, specialising in research on prison policy and comparative criminology.
She received her M. Phil and Ph. D. from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge and in 2012 was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Law, Crime and Justice.
Nancy has conducted extensive research into human rights issues in prison, female and young offenders, prison violence and protests, addiction, suicides and self-harm, violence risk assessment and management, the experience of offenders with learning difficulties and learning disabilities, homelessness amongst ex-prisoners, and the maintenance of prisoners’ family ties.
Her work on family issues includes: research into family participation in prisoner resettlement, studies of the role of Prison Visitors’ Centres and of the work of Family Contact Officers, research into young parents in prison, consultations with prisoners’ families, and international reviews of the literature on needs and services for prisoners’ families and on private family visits. She was a Trustee for the Visitors’ Centre at HMP Edinburgh for six years and an invited member of the National Advisory Body on Offender Management for the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice.
Professor Fergus McNeill – Past Chair
Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology & Social Work at the University of Glasgow. Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a number of years in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology, social work and sociology.
Fergus’s main interests lie in the fields of sentencing, community sanctions, ex-offender reintegration and youth justice. Most of his recent research projects and publications have explored cultures and practices of punishment (particularly in the community) and the implications of criminological evidence (particularly about desistance from crime) for the reform and development of these cultures and practices. In recent years, he has provided advice and consultancy to a range of governments, institutions and organisations on these topics.
Dan Gunn – Secretary
Dan joined the Scottish Prison Service in 1975 as an Assistant Governor and has been since 1988 the Governor of 5 prisons. These included Governor of Barlinnie Special Unit, Greenock, Polmont, Edinburgh and Glenochil. He was a member of the SPS Board as Director of Operations at SPS Headquarters. He is a graduate of Aberdeen, Birmingham, and Glasgow Graduate School of Law. When a Governor his corporate responsibilities included Equality and Diversity, Health Promotion, Learning Skills, Family Involvement and Restorative Justice.
Externally he has been Vice Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO) since 1999.When Governor of Polmont YOI, he contributed a chapter to “Meeting Needs, Addressing Deeds – Working with Young People who offend” and he has participated in two Council of Europe workshops on Youth Crime in the Ukraine and Russia.In 2205 he was part of the UK delegation to the UN Committee on Prevention of Torture in Geneva.
He received a Butler Trust Travel Award in 1992 for setting up the HNC in Prison Studies for prison staff, and in 2008 was awarded an OBE for public and voluntary service.
Married with two daughters, he has lived in Dunblane since 1996.He is an Elder in the Church of Scotland and currently Presbytery Elder.In that latter role he has also recently served as an Interim Moderator.
Brigadier Hugh Monro
For a period of four years, Hugh Munro was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons for Scotland. He sparked debate on female offenders after an inspection of Cornton Vale women’s prison in 2009, the first year of his appointment, and has been quoted as saying Scotland now “leads the way”. Other issues he explored include improved family contact for prisoners and better visiting facilities.
Previously Brigadier Hugh Monro served in the Army for 36 years before retiring in 2008. His final posting had been as the deputy commanding general of the multi national security transition command in Iraq. Brig Monro is the son of the late Lord Monro of Langholm and Westerkirk, who was one of Scotland’s longest-serving Tory MPs.
He was commissioned to the Queen’s Own Highlanders in 1972, and commanded the 52nd Lowland Brigade, based in Edinburgh Castle, from 1998 to 2001. During that time he led the operation to eradicate foot and mouth disease in southern Scotland, which was successfully completed in only six weeks.
Lesley is an experienced, engaged and insightful strategic planning and economic development practitioner with excellent management, analytical and communications skills. My background is in local government where she has developed a wide business and academic network and specialist knowledge.
Lesley’s independent consultancy specialises in planning and economic development strategy, research and management.
Lesley’s consultancy work is done in conjunction with part-time doctoral research, developing her expertise in current business issues, management and research practice. The doctoral research will be on talent and its role in productivity and employee engagement.