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 to the Council
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 Policy Officer (Corporate)
David was appointed in May 2022 as Principal Policy Officer (Corporate) to the Council.
David was appointed in September 2018 as Senior Policy Officer to the Council. He was previously a policy officer with the Scottish Civil Justice Council. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a joint honours degree in English Literature and Scottish History 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.
Principal Policy Officer (Engagement)
Valerie was appointed in May 2022 as Principal Policy Officer (Engagement) to the Council.
Valerie was seconded to the Council in May 2022. She has previously worked as the Head of Judicial Communications and as the Council’s Communications Manager. Before joining the court service, she worked as a journalist for a national news agency. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a master’s degree in History and studied journalism at Napier University.
Senior Policy Officer
Julie was appointed in January 2023 as Senior Policy Officer to the Council.
Acting Communications Manager
Vicky was appointed in March 2023 as Acting Communications Manager to the Council.
Caroline was appointed in May 2022 as Communications Manager to the Council. Caroline is currently on maternity leave.
Caroline joined the Council from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, where she was Communications Manager. Before joining SCTS, she worked both in Scotland and Australia as a newspaper and magazine journalist, in TV and film production, and in communications for a number of third-sector organisations. She also worked in Japan for three years as an English teacher and travel writer. Caroline graduated from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia, with a journalism degree.
Richard was appointed in November 2020 as Business Manager to the Council.
Interim Principal Research Officer
Nicole was appointed in October 2023 as Interim Principal Research Officer to the Council.
Thomas joined in August 2023 as a Researcher to the Council.
Thomas was appointed as a Researcher to the Council in August 2023. Prior to working for the Council, he worked as Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh and Dundee. He has expertise in Qualitative/mixed methods research, and has worked on work commissioned by the NHS and Scottish Government. He also has experience working as a Policy Officer at a medical education charity. He holds a MSc in Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh.