The Council is made up of 12 members. The categories of membership are provided for in law as follows:
- the Lord Justice Clerk (Chair)
- one first instance High Court judge
- one sheriff
- two persons holding the office of summary sheriff or justice of the peace
- one further eligible judicial member or a sheriff principal
- one prosecutor
- one advocate
- one solicitor
- one constable
- one person with knowledge of victims' issues
- one other person who is not qualified as a judicial or legal member.
The Rt. Hon. Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk
The Chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council is the Lord Justice Clerk, by virtue of the office.
The Rt. Hon. Lady Dorrian was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005, having served as a temporary judge since 2002. She was appointed to the Inner House in November 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 before becoming Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994. She served as Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991, and as Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994. In 1994, she was also appointed Queen's Counsel. Between 1997 and 2001 she was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Lady Dorrian was installed as the Lord Justice Clerk on 26 April 2016 and by virtue of the office became Chair of the Council on this date. The Lord Justice Clerk also holds the office of President of the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Matthews
Lord Matthews will hold office until November 2025.
Lord Matthews was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in 2007, having served as a temporary judge since February 2004. He graduated from the University of Glasgow LL.B (Hons), and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in July 1979. He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1992 and practised at the Bar until his appointment as a sheriff in January 1997. He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Employment in Scotland from June 1984 until March 1988, and served as an advocate depute from April 1988 until January 1993.
Sheriff Iain Fleming
Sheriff Fleming will hold office until March 2026.
Sheriff Iain Fleming was appointed as a part time sheriff in 2005 and as a full time sheriff in 2014, following a career as a solicitor and solicitor advocate.
He served in the Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde at Greenock Sheriff Court until 2017, and since then has sat in Glasgow Sheriff Court, conducting courts at summary and solemn level.
As part of his duties in Glasgow he has presided at the problem-solving Alcohol Court since February 2018. He has also been a shrieval member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland since 2011.
Summary Sheriff member
Susan Fallone JP
Justice of the peace member
Susan will hold office until December 2023.
Susan Fallone has been a JP in Edinburgh since 2013. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2006, and called to the Bar in 2021.
She was appointed as a safeguarder in 2013, and acts as a curator ad litem and reporting officer in Edinburgh. She has an extensive range of experience within the legal system, having worked within the areas of criminal defence, family, and housing law; for law centres; for local authorities; as a supervision solicitor at the University of Strathclyde Law School; and as an in-court advisor.
She sat on children’s hearings from 1995-2001. As well as her legal qualifications – LLB, LLM, and the Diploma in Legal Practice – she has an MA in social science.
Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull
Sheriff Principal member
Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull will hold office until July 2025.
A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Craig Turnbull was admitted as a solicitor in 1988, working for A.C. White in Ayr and Levy & McRae in Glasgow before joining MacRoberts in 1993.
He became a partner there in 1997, specialising in commercial and construction disputes and health and safety and environmental prosecutions, and served as the managing partner from 2011 to 2014.
Following his appointment as a part-time sheriff in 2011 and then a full-time sheriff in 2014, he was appointed as the Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin in 2016. Sheriff Principal Turnbull was appointed as the Vice-President of the Sheriff Appeal Court in 2022.
Lindsey will hold office until October 2026.
Lindsey Miller is a graduate of the University of Aberdeenand joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 1994.
She has held a number of operational and policy roles including responsibility for matters such as victims, vulnerable witnesses and sexual offences, as well as serious and organised crime and counter-terrorism.
She was appointed as secretary to Sir Anthony Campbell's Inquiry into Crown Decision-Making in the Case of the Murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar, and was tasked by the Lord Advocate with preparing recommendations about the investigation of all sudden and unexplained deaths in Scotland and military deaths abroad, which led to the establishment of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU).
For a number of years she had strategic responsibility in Scotland for the Disrupt Strand of the Serious and Organised Crime Taskforce and has a particular interest in community experiences, specifically those of children and young people, of organised crime.
Krista will hold office until December 2023.
Krista Johnston is a graduate of law from Edinburgh University. She joined More and Co, Dunfermline, in 1992, specialising in criminal defence work. Along with others she founded the firm of Martin, Johnston and Socha in 1998. Her firm continues to concentrate exclusively on criminal defence work and has expanded to include offices in Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Alloa.
In 2007 Krista became a solicitor advocate in the field of crime and has since enjoyed instruction from a number of solicitor firms across Scotland. She appears regularly in the High Court conducting criminal trials, and also appears in the appellate courts.
Krista is a member of the Society of Solicitor Advocates and Fortis Chambers.
DCC Will Kerr
DCC Kerr will hold office until December 2024.
Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr joined Police Scotland in September 2018 following which he was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable for Local Policing. DCC Kerr had over 27 years policing service in Northern Ireland before moving to a Director’s role in the NCA in January 2017.
In the PSNI, he held a number of key Command-level posts including, as ACC Belfast, where he was the Gold Commander for all of the key events and parades in the City over a three year period, and was the PSNI’s lead Gold Commander for the overall parading season from 2012 to 2014.
DCC Kerr’s last role in the PSNI was as ACC Crime Operations, where he was in charge of all serious crime and counter-terrorism specialist functions. DCC Kerr has had a varied policing career in Northern Ireland, having been a DCU (Divisional) Commander, a Senior Investigating Officer who led on a number of high profile murder and terrorism investigations, and has significant public order experience at Bronze (Unit Commander), Silver and Gold tiers.
In the National Crime Agency, DCC Kerr was the national lead for leading and co-ordinating the UK’s response, both domestically and internationally, to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (with responsibility for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Organised Immigration Crime.
DCC Kerr was awarded the OBE, for services to policing and the community, in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Dr Hannah Graham
Dr Hannah Graham will hold office until December 2024.
Dr Hannah Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) at the University of Stirling. Dr Graham has previously worked as a criminologist at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Throughout her career as a criminologist, she has conducted research and worked with a range of people and agencies, including police, procurators fiscal, judiciary, lawyers, court staff, prison staff, justice social work and community justice, charities, people with lived experience of the criminal justice system, and justice policymakers.
Dr Graham is the author or editor of four books, published internationally, on rehabilitation, criminal justice work, and innovative approaches to justice. She is an Editor of the European Journal of Probation, and a member of the Community Sanctions and Measures Working Group in the European Society of Criminology.
Dr Graham is a member of the national Council for the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO).
In 2017-2018, Dr Graham was part of a team of researchers to conduct an independent review of the Aberdeen Problem Solving Approach, in collaboration with Aberdeen Sheriff Court and community justice partners. This approach specialises in working with people with complex needs and prolific offence histories to offer rehabilitative opportunities and address the underlying causes of their offending. In 2007, she conducted an independent evaluation of a mental health court diversion initiative for the Magistrates Court and Forensic Mental Health Services in Tasmania, Australia.