Read about our Secretariat team.
Secretary to the Council
Ondine was appointed in October 2014 as Secretary to the Council. She will be taking maternity leave from the summer.
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 the University of Edinburgh 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 mid-2019.
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 the University of Edinburgh in 2006.
Principal Legal Officer
David was appointed in October, 2017 as Principal Legal Officer to the Council.
David was seconded to the Council from the Scottish Government. In the past he has worked as a criminal defence solicitor, a procurator fiscal depute, and for the Law Society of Scotland. While at the Scottish Government he was involved with summary justice reform, court efficiency, and the greater use of technology in the justice system. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 with an honours degree in law.
Principal Research Officer
Andrew was appointed in January 2016 as Principal Research Officer 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.
Valerie was appointed in September 2015 as Communications Officer to the Council.
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 the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate and continued on to do a postgraduate degree. She also has a journalism qualification from Napier University.