Read about our Secretariat team.
Secretary to the Council
Ondine was appointed in October 2014 as Secretary to the Council.
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.
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.
Senior Policy Officer
David was appointed in September 2018 as Senior Policy Officer to the Council.
David was previously a policy officer with the Scottish Civil Justice Council and was secretary to its Family Law Committee and its Information and Communications Technology Committee. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2000 with a joint honours degree in English Literature and Scottish History. He worked for HM Revenue & Customs before joining the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service in 2009, where he has worked in a variety of roles, including as a clerk of court in the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway.
Stuart was appointed in June 2018 as Communications Officer to the Council.
Stuart has over 15 years’ experience working as a communications officer across the public, private and third sector. Stuart previously worked as a Communications Officer for Aberdeenshire Council and the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, which included working with their Criminal Justice Team. He studied Media, Theory and Production at Paisley University (now called University of the West of Scotland).
Jessica was appointed in January 2019 as Business Manager to the Council
Jessica was employed by SCTS as one of their first Modern Apprentices in September 2016 and has since carried out various roles within the organisation including; The Booking Unit Operator within the Judicial Office for Scotland, responsible for the nation-wide deployment of part-time judiciary, and as executive secretary for members of the SCTS Executive Team.
Before starting a career with the SCTS Jessica studied Legal Services and learned different areas of both criminal and commercial law, whilst becoming familiar with current legislation as it relates to court procedure.
Most recently Jessica has become Business Manager for the Scottish Sentencing Council