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Secretary to the Council
Ondine was appointed in October 2014 and is the first Secretary to the Council. She is currently on maternity leave.
Ondine is part of the senior management team of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and previously had responsibility for establishing the Scottish Civil Justice Council. In prior roles with the Scottish Government, Ondine has worked on major programmes to reform both the civil and criminal justice systems and on healthcare improvement. She gained a LLB (Hons) in Law and Politics from Edinburgh University in 2007, which involved a year’s study at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Secretary to the Council
Graham is on secondment as Secretary to the Council until February 2018.
Graham was seconded to the Council from the Scottish Government in February 2017. He was most recently Head of the Victims and Witnesses Unit, working on significant reforms relating to victims’ rights, vulnerable witnesses and suspects, and human trafficking. He has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007, with previous roles relating to criminal justice, civil justice, and public procurement reform. He graduated with a degree in politics from Edinburgh University in 2006.
Valerie was appointed in September 2015 as a Communications Officer.
Valerie previously worked as a communications officer for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and as a journalist with the national news agency, United News Service. She came to Scotland from the USA to study history at Edinburgh University as an undergraduate and continued on to do a postgraduate degree. She also has a journalism qualification from Napier University.
Principal Legal Officer
Andrew was appointed in January 2016 as Principal Legal Officer to the Council.
Andrew’s previous roles in the Government Legal Service for Scotland include working as an advisory solicitor in the Criminal Justice, Police and Fire Division of the Scottish Government Legal Directorate, and, in the UK Government, for the Advisory and Legislation Division of the Office of the Advocate General (OAG). Latterly Andrew headed up the Direct Tax Branch in the HMRC Litigation Division in OAG. Andrew graduated with an LLB (Hons) in 2005 and a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2006, both from the University of Edinburgh. He trained as a solicitor with the Government Legal Service for Scotland, qualifying in 2008.
Principal Research Officer
Andrew was appointed in January 2016 as Researcher to the Council.
Andrew joined the Council from Revenue Scotland, where he was the Senior Assistant Statistician. Previously, Andrew has worked for the Scottish Government as an Assistant Statistician in the Corporate Analytical Services team and as a social researcher in the third sector. Andrew studied psychology at the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate and sociology as a postgraduate.