Board Members

Sandy Cameron CBE


Sandy began his social work career as an undergraduate at Strathclyde University going on placement to Dumbarton Burgh just as the new Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 came into force. He undertook his social work qualification (CQSW) at Aberdeen University and in 1973 took up post as a social worker in Clackmannanshire. Following local government reorganisation in 1975, he held posts of Principal Officer Research and Planning and Fieldwork before being appointed Assistant Director of Social Work in Central Region in 1981. In 1987 he was appointed Director of Social Work for Borders Regional Council and in 1995 he was appointed Executive Director of Social Work for the newly formed South Lanarkshire Council where he remained until retiring in 2006. He was Secretary, and President of the Association of Directors of Social Work. On retirement he was appointed as Chairman of the Parole Board for Scotland for a seven year term. He was also a Non-Executive Director of The State Hospitals Board for Scotland.

He is currently the Chair of the Management Board of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, a position he has held since its inception. He is a Trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation in Scotland and Chairman of the Fred Edwards Trust. He is a Board member of Capability Scotland.

Since 1998 he has been a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University and in the Birthday Honours 2000 he was appointed CBE.

Sandy took up the role of Chair of Sacro's Board of Trustees on 3 July 2014.

Dan Gunn OBE


Career history with Scottish Prison Service includes:

Director of Operations from 2012 – 2014; Deputy Director of Operations from 2004 – 2006. Dan was Governor HMP of Edinburgh, HMP Glenochil, HMYOI Polmont, HMP Greenock, HMP Barlinnie Special Unit from 1998 – 2006.

He has key experience in Business Planning & Financial Management, Stakeholder Management, Development and Delivery of Policy & Strategy, Project Management & Delivery, Business Reorganisation & Change Management and Senior Leadership & Strategic Direction.

Career background and expertise as:

  • Chairman – Governors Committee (TU Body) 1993 -1996 & 1998-2002.
  • Chairman – Association of Scottish Prison Governors (professional body)
  • Change agent who has developed culture fit for 21st century justice system. Promoting Change Management ethos and business efficiencies.
  • Strong working knowledge of the political issues and concepts related to the Management of Offenders.
  • Senior member of working parties representing SPS at national and local levels taking forward justice system reform
  • Extensive expertise and lead in all aspects of operational and case work management, policies and legislation.
  • Project design and implementation from project specification through planning set up, cost forecast, resource loading, project progression, quality and risk analysis.

Additional criminal justice involvement in the following posts held:

  • Overseas Assignments – Council of Europe – EU: Turkey 2014; Georgia 2014; Russian Federation 2005; Ukraine 2003.
  • Scottish Association for Study of Offending (SASO) – Vice Chair – 1998-to date
  • Venture Trust – Trustee – 2012-to date
  • Circle – Advisory Group Specialist – 2013-to date

Voluntary roles include:

  • Six Circle Charity – Chairman 1996-2011
  • Church of Scotland – various positions
  • Dunblane Local History Society – Chairman
  • Dunblane Council of Churches – Treasurer
  • Voluntary Service Overseas – Northern Nigeria 1972-1974

Professional honours:

  • OBE for public and voluntary service – 2008
  • MA Hons – Aberdeen – 1968-1972
  • M.Soc.Sc – Birmingham – 1974-1975
  • M.Sc – Glasgow Graduate School of Law (part time) – 2001-2003
  • Open University – Tutor – 1978-1986

Graham Birse

Graham Birse is Director of the Edinburgh Institute of Leadership and Management Practice at Edinburgh Napier University.

A former Managing Director of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Graham is an experienced director in both private and public sectors, with a track record of leading business membership organisations. During his seven year spell there, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce became UK Chamber of the Year in 2010. Previously, Graham was Director of Marketing for the Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board and Director of Communications for VisitScotland.

He is experienced in commercial and partnership development, marketing and communications, strategy and policy formulation, leadership and team building. He understands the anatomy of businesses- and in his current role is helping businesses implement solutions to help them prosper in a changing world.

Graham is a Board Member of Sacro and of Marketing Edinburgh Ltd, the city’s promotional body. He has also served on many of the city’s economic development and civic partnership bodies. Now a board member of Planning Aid for Scotland.

Jim Crichton

Jim Crichton is currently the Chief Executive of the State Hospitals Board for Scotland. Over a 30 year career in the NHS he has worked in leadership roles across Scotland, most recently as Director of Mental Health Services in NHS Tayside and prior to this as Director of Primary Care and Mental Health Services in NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Jim has a professional background in Mental Health Nursing and has Honours Degrees in Social Administration and Nursing Studies. His early career was based in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde where following his clinical career he held posts in Quality Improvement, service and general management.

He is passionate about mental health care and continuously improving the quality of care and outcomes for people suffering from mental ill health.

Elspeth Dalgleish FCIPD

Elspeth is the Human Resources Director of Scottish law firm Morton Fraser, a post she has held for over ten years. Prior to this she was the Operations Director of Morton Fraser Relocation Ltd.

Elspeth is a member of the firm's Managing Board and leads on the development and implementation of Morton Fraser's HR strategy, as well as playing a key role in the firm's senior management team more generally. Elspeth also uses her extensive expertise to advise the firm's clients on human resources matters, and delivers training on a wide range of subjects.

Elspeth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and widely involved in the senior HR community, both within legal services and beyond.

Elspeth has been on the Sacro Board since December 2011.

Pauline Howie OBE

Pauline Howie is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, a position she has held since 2009. The Service provides emergency, unscheduled and scheduled care services to a population of 5.3m people across all of Scotland and its Islands. It employs 4,300 staff, works with 1,500 volunteers and has 2.2m patient contacts each year. Pauline has held a variety of roles in the NHS and Scottish Government over the last 20 years.

Pauline was educated in Scotland and started her career in London where she qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in 1991. She returned to Scotland and worked at Greater Glasgow Health Board as Principle Budget Officer developing cases across a range of national and regional services. In 1992, she was appointed as Deputy Director of Finance at the Southern General Hospital NHS Trust and in 1996, was seconded to the Scottish Government as Head of NHS Trust Finance. She then moved to the State Hospital at Carstairs, Scotland’s high-security forensic mental health hospital as Finance and Planning Director. She was appointed in 2000 to the role of Director of Finance, Planning and Performance at the Scottish Ambulance Service. In 2006, she became Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2009.

Since then, she has led the transformation of the service from one focused on conveying patients quickly to one focused on clinical service delivery, with enhanced triage, diagnostic and treatment capability. The Service is leading out of hospital cardiac arrest survival development in the UK and beyond. Patient centeredness is at is core and the Service works with patients, staff, NHS Boards, other emergency services and partners to deliver a seamless service to patients, taking more care to patients by treating them in their own homes. In 2014, the first national specialist retrieval and transport service in the world, ScotSTAR, was launched bringing together the coordination of adult trauma and retrieval, paediatric and neonatal retrieval services.

She is married and has a teenage daughter.

Jo Knox MSc, CQSW

Jo Knox, MSc, CQSW has worked as a probation officer and social work practitioner and manager in local authority, voluntary and prison settings. She was a lecturer on the MSc programme for Advanced Social Work Studies in Criminal Justice at Edinburgh University from 1995-2000 and then joined the Social Work Services Inspectorate, becoming Depute Chief Inspector with responsibility for criminal justice services in 2002.

Jo retired from the Scottish Executive in 2005 and took on a range of work as an independent consultant and was also a member of the Parole Board for Scotland for a period. She was a member of the Scottish Accreditation Panel for Offending Behaviour Programmes from its inception until 2012.

Alison McInnes OBE FRSA

Born in Ayrshire, Alison has lived in Aberdeenshire for over 30 years.

A respected former Member of the Scottish Parliament, Alison represented the North East of Scotland from 2007 – 2016, becoming renowned for her collegiate rather than partisan approach. During that time, she served on several committees, including the Parliament’s Justice Committee, the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee and the Parliamentary Bureau. As a member of the Justice Committee she championed wideranging reforms to the criminal justice system in Scotland. Reflecting her keen commitment to social reform, she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008.

Prior to her election to Parliament, she served as a senior elected councillor on Aberdeenshire Council for over 15 years, leading on issues such as environment, transport and economic development.

She has extensive experience of acting as an advocate for community groups and representing the interests of individuals with diverse and often complex needs, brings a wealth of experience of Board and committee membership and extensive knowledge of the governance of Scotland and its public and third sectors.

She was awarded an OBE for public and political service in 2013.

Professor Emeritus Sir Geoffrey Palmer FRSM DSc OBE

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Professor Emeritus at Heriot Watt University was born in Jamaica. He emigrated as a boy to London in the 1950s.

He managed to progress from Secondary Modern education and from menial jobs to University education at Leicester University, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University where he gained his BSc Hons., PhD and DSc degrees respectively. He was a Professor at the Heriot Watt University for many years and maintains contacts with the Brewing, Distilling and Grain industries. He was awarded an OBE for his research contribution to grain science. The City of Edinburgh Council presented him with the William Darling Good Citizen award, for his charitable work and was the only European resident to have received one of the four distinguished research award given by the American Association of Brewing Chemist. He is a Board Member of organisations such as ELREC, Skillnet, Penicuik CAB, Multicultural Family Base, Hanover Housing and was member of the Remit Committee of the Scottish Prison Service and was a Visitor of Polmont Young Offenders prison. He is a member of the Additional Needs and Nutrition Committees of NHS Edinburgh and Lothians. He was co-Chair of NHS Lothian’s Race Equality Forum, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and holds Honorary Doctorates of the Open University and Abertay University. He is the author of many scientific papers and books such as: Cereal Science and Technology, Mr White and the Ravens and The Enlightenment Abolished-Citizens of Britishness. Midlothian Council made him a Freeman of Midlothian in recognition of his charity and scientific work.

Prof Palmer received a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's Honours in recognition of services to human rights, science and charity. 

Steve Uphill

Steve is a CIMA qualified accountant and accredited coach with many years in financial leadership roles and professional consultancy. He has significant experience in both the private and public sectors working for companies including Hewlett Packard, Shell, KPMG, Capgemini and as an independent consultant.

As a consultant Steve has produced strategies and business cases as well as leading implementation programmes for clients in drinks and media industries and across the public sector including NHS England, NHS Scotland, Government, Local Authorities, Police and Fire Services. His functional experience includes all aspects of support services particularly Finance, HR and Procurement.

Steve is passionate about optimising organisational performance, outside of work he is equally passionate about classic cars and motorsport. Steve lives in Linlithgow and has two sons.