Board Members

Sandy Cameron CBE

Chair

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

Depute

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

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.

Fiona Davidson

Fiona is a self employed HR Consultant and Executive Coach. Prior to this she was a senior manager in RBS, and before that: Scottish Power. Fiona has extensive HR experience across a range of UK and International businesses and has more recently also been working with the third sector and SME organisations. Her areas of HR specialism include recruitment and retention; managing change; culture and engagement; and diversity and equality. Fiona is also a non-executive Board member of Fife Cultural Trust.

Eric Fraser CBE

A graduate of Edinburgh University, Eric Fraser joined the Royal Navy in 1976 and, during a 37-year career, served in a wide range of operational appointments both at sea and ashore.

During his time in uniform Eric commanded HMS GUERNSEY and HMS BOXER, served twice in the UK’s joint HQ and completed his career with a tour as UK Naval Attaché to the USA, based in Washington DC. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 and retired in early 2014.

Eric took up his role as Scotland’s first ever Veterans Commissioner soon after leaving the Royal Navy but recently stepped down having spent four years in this unique and hugely satisfying role. During his tenure he authored a series of reports for the Scottish Government that addressed issues such as Transition, Housing, Employability and Health. These included a number of recommendations – all of which have since been accepted by Ministers – which sought to improve how veterans are seen and supported in Scotland, but also promoting them and their families as significant assets within the workplace and wider community.

Arun Gopinath

Arun Gopinath is the Managing Consultant of Zackra Consulting Services and also serves as the Manager of Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC) and Company Secretary of the Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils (SAREC). Prior to this he has been the Manager of Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council and had founded and served as Managing Director of RCMS Group, an international architectural and engineering services consulting company with operations in USA and India. Arun is also the founder of Vahanomy, a start-up working on providing services to the autonomous vehicle economy. He has previously served on the board of Port of Leith Housing Association. He has a degree in Sociology from Loyola College, University of Chennai where he was also the General Secretary of the Students' Union.

Arun is passionate about equality, human rights and prevention of hate crime and discrimination in all its forms and the environment.

Mary Pitcaithly

Mary has been Chief Executive of Falkirk Council since 1998. After studying law at Edinburgh University, Mary worked in private practice before joining the public sector. As Head of Paid Service for the Council, she leads a workforce of around 7500, serving a population of 160,000 and has responsibility for a budget of £380m.

Mary is a former Chair of SoLACE Scotland and has served on the Resilience Advisory Board for Scotland and the Arburthnott Commission. She is a Board member of YouthLink Scotland and has recently been appointed a Board member of the Scottish Police Authority.

Mary is Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland and was Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum in September 2014.

Mary is retiring in June 2018 after more than 30 years in local government.

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.