Governance

Sacro is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity. It is governed by an elected Board of Trustees, with day-to-day management delegated to the Chief Executive supported by her Executive and Leadership Teams.

Board of Trustees –

Sacro’s Board has up to 12 Trustees, including the Chair, and they are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation, safeguarding the use of resources and ensuring the highest standards of governance, management, propriety and conduct in the business of the board. Meetings of the Board occur quarterly. Trustees are elected by members of the company. Full details of membership are available on application to the Company Secretary.

Jon Beck
Chair
Jon is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, investing and charity sectors. He has a particular interest in community, education and medical research causes.
Eric Fraser CBE
Depute
Eric is a former Royal Navy Admiral with a distinguished naval career. He became Scotland’s first Veterans Commissioner and retains a keen interest in supporting veterans and their families.
Alistair Brown
Alistair is a Judicial Officer for Mental Health Tribunal Scotland; based on both long experience as a Mental Health Officer across Scotland’s forensic psychiatry estate.
Fiona Davidson
Fiona is a self-employed HR Consultant and Executive Coach. She has a background in senior HR roles and brings this extensive experience to the Board in support of Sacro’s people.
Jane Davidson
Jane is a former Chief Executive of NHS Borders and a Non-Executive Director of National Services Scotland. She brings a background in financial and risk management to the board and is a champion for tackling exclusion.
Howard Elliott
Howard is Director of Services at Enable Scotland. He brings extensive experience of developing and delivering high quality, person-centred services for people with learning and physical disabilities, key areas of Sacro’s work.
Zahra Hedges
Zahra is CEO of Winning Scotland, a national charity that builds the confidence and resilience of Scotland’s young people through the adults around them. She been a leader and founder of a social enterprise and a selling a successful retail business. Zahra is an active advocate for better diversity, inclusion, representation and fairness.
Jayne Laidlaw
Jayne has served Scotland’s voluntary sector for over 30 years, working predominately with children and families and people affected by social disadvantage or trauma.
Kerri Maciver
Kerri Maciver is currently a Senior Manager within Police Scotland’s Corporate Services function with extensive experience of working across portfolio management, risk management, financial management, Governance and Stakeholder Engagement. She served on the Children’s Panel for a number of years.
Sheriff David Mackie
David was in private practice as a Solicitor and an Advocate for 25 years before being appointed a Sheriff in 2001. For 15 years until his retirement from the Bench in 2019 he sat as the resident Sheriff in Alloa Sheriff Court. Through his work as a Sheriff, he developed a belief in the power of redemption and applied compassion and understanding of both the victims and perpetrators of crime to his personal judicial practice.
Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson is a journalist with more than 25 years’ experience in Scotland’s national press. He is editor of The Sunday Post and former editor of The Sunday Mail. Once a crime reporter with The Scotsman, he has an enduring interest in Scotland’s criminal and community justice systems.

Executive team –

Sacro’s Executive Team has responsibility for taking forward developments in relation to corporate governance and decisions that are made at Board Meetings. The team is made up of the Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Justice, Director of Public Protection & Community Safety and Director of Care and Housing. The Executive Team is supported by a Leadership Team who oversee all operational and corporate activities.

Annie Mauger-Thompson
Chief Executive
Annie is an experienced leader in the public and not for profit sectors, Annie has worked across the UK in different roles including senior management in local authorities, leading a UK government agency, a charity for asylum seekers and refugees, and as chief executive of a UK wide membership body. She works closely with the Sacro Board and the Directors to provide strategic leadership to the organisation.
Gerry Milne
Chief Operating Officer
Gerry is an established leader and senior manager with over 25 years’ experience at Glasgow Caledonian University where he held role as Chief Financial Officer and Vice Principal Infrastructure. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for Sacro’s corporate services. He brings extensive experience in dealing with senior stakeholders across a number of sectors.
Sharon Stirrat
Director of Justice
The Director of Justice 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 brings a wealth of experience as a criminal justice social worker a number of local authorities.
Cary Tamm
Director of Care and Housing
Cary joined Sacro in June 2020. As Director of Care and Housing he oversees services in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Elgin, ensuring that people with complex and often multiple needs receive personalised supports which provide the best possible outcomes. Cary has worked in the third sector for 20 years. Most of this time has been in senior positions within social care. His area of specialist knowledge lies in services for individuals with complex learning disabilities. 
John Kennedy
Director of Public Protection and Community Safety
John worked with Strathclyde Police and then Police Scotland for 30 years where he gained significant experience in Adult & Child Protection, Offender Management and Domestic Abuse. As Director of Public Protection and Community Safety, he overseas, National Intensive Support Services, Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence Services and health and safety, ensuring that high risk victims and perpetrators are managed and supported to the highest standards.