Corporate Management

Tom Halpin

Chief Executive

Tom Halpin took up his appointment as Chief Executive at Sacro on 17 August 2009. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police having joined from Strathclyde Police in 2005 where he was Divisional Commander for North Glasgow and previously Head of CID Operations.
A member of ACPOS, he led the portfolio for Public Protection in Scotland, serving on a number of Scottish Government groups supporting the introduction of new legislation and arrangements for managing offenders and protecting children. A Chartered Director (C.Dir FIOD), he was a Director of Essential Edinburgh and is currently a Council Member of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and a Member of the University Court at Glasgow Caledonian University.
During 2004, Tom attended the UK Policing Leadership, Strategic Command Course during which he gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Criminology at Cambridge University. He had previously received a BA degree from the Open University. Tom previously lectured to the Post Graduate Diploma Course in Forensic Medical Sciences at Glasgow University and is a contributor to the second edition Policing Scotland (Willan Publishing), (2010) edited by academics Daniel Donnelly and Kenneth Scott.
Tom is currently a member of the Scottish Government's Reducing Re-offending Programme Board and chairs the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum. He is also a member of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice, and a Council Member of the Scottish Association for Studying Offending, both influential 'think-tanks' on such matters drawn from established professionals including academics, policy makers, sentencers and leading practitioners.
Awarded the Queen's police Medal in 2008 Honours, he is married with two grown up children, Tom now resides with his wife Elizabeth in Edinburgh but still retains close connections with his native Glasgow where his children and wider family remain.

Andrew Philip

Director of Corporate Services

Andrew joined Sacro in May 2008. As Director of Corporate Services he oversees several departments including Finance, IT, Health and Safety, Admin and Policies and Procedures.

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in finance and has been a Qualified CIPFA Accountant since 1998.

Prior to joining Sacro, Andrew was Director of Finance at West Lothian College for 5 years. He has also worked as a Finance Manager for NHS Grampian and North of Scotland Cancer Network (NOSCAN) which is the representative body for the 6 North of Scotland NHS Boards.

Sharon Stirrat

Director of Operations

The Director of Operations is focused on the strategic leadership of existing service provision, ensuring professional and practice standards and successful relations are maintained with key external partners.

Sharon has been a qualified social worker for 33 years and holds an MSc in Management and Advanced Award in Social Work Practice.

She has worked as a social worker in Strathclyde Regional Council, Central Regional Council and Falkirk council where she gained experience across all areas of social work practice. She managed the criminal justice social work service from 1991 which involved responsibility for prison-based social work and all aspects of community criminal justice social work.

In 2008 Sharon was seconded into the Scottish Government’s Reducing Reoffending Programme and employed as a COSLA Consultant and Professional Adviser. She was the author behind national standards and outcomes for court services and report writing which re-branded social enquiry reports to become criminal justice social work reports.

In 2012 she became Convenor of the Association of Directors of Social Work Criminal Justice Standing Committee before taking up the role of Director of Operations (West) at Sacro in October 2012.

Monica Merson

Director of Strategy and Improvement

Monica took up the position of Director of Strategy and Improvement in September 2016. Prior to this she held senior management roles across the NHS in Scotland, where she had worked for 30 years. Over her career, Monica has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of partners across the third and public sectors, to promote health and wellbeing, support early intervention, shape new improvement programmes and bring different perspectives together to agree shared outcomes.

Monica’s most recent post was in NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland where she had been the Head of the Effective Care Programme. Monica had previously held posts in NHS Education for Scotland where she was a Leadership Consultant supporting leadership development for Health and Social Care integration. Significant areas of work included working with partners to develop the collaborative leadership capacity and capabilities of primary care and social care professionals to work effectively together; development of a national guide to support Integration Joint Board members in their role and help them shape new types of relationships, crystallise governance and set the tone and ways of working that reflects the spirit of inclusive locality-led planning and delivery. Prior to this Monica was Head of the Health and Wellbeing Team in NHS Health Scotland for nine years where she had responsibility for strategic leadership for mental health improvement, suicide prevention, youth health, healthy ageing and dementia. Key achievements included contributions to the development of national policies on mental health improvement, mental health, suicide prevention and dementia .

Monica has contributed towards European work on supporting mental health in all policy areas and outcomes-focused planning. Monica was Programme Manager for Schools in the Health Education Board for Scotland where she progressed Sexual Health and Relationship Education and leadership for the development of the Health Promoting Schools Unit. She started her professional career as a nurse working in a busy and complex general hospital.

Monica is a fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She is an executive coach and an associate of Edinburgh Coaching Academy. Academically she had achieved a MA in Management Learning, Master of Public Health, BSc in Life Sciences and is a Registered General Nurse.