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Joint Strategic Board

Equally Safe - Joint Strategic Board

Equally Safe commits to establishing a Violence Against Women and Girls Joint Strategic Board (JSB) which is described as a high-level group of senior leaders able to push for change and ensure momentum is sustained within their individual organisations and sectors.


Joint Chairs


  • Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights

  • Councillor Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, COSLA







Neil Rennick

Acting Director, Justice

Scottish Government

Gary Gillespie

Chief Economic Adviser

Scottish Government

To be confirmed following appointment of new Chief Constable (currently DCC Neil Richardson)

Police Scotland

Gerry McLaughlin

Chief Executive

Health Scotland

Lesley Thomson

Solicitor General

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Eric McQueen

Chief Executive

Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services

Marsha Scott

Chief Executive

Scottish Women’s Aid

Sandy Brindley

National Coordinator

Rape Crisis Scotland

Jenny Kemp and Laura Tomson


Zero Tolerance

Emma Ritch

Executive Director


Mhairi McGowan

Head of Service


Alistair Gaw


Social Work Scotland

Kaliani Lyle

Scotland Commissioner

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Grahame Smith

Secretary General


Nancy Lombard


Glasgow Caledonian University

Tam Baillie


Children and Young People Commissioner for Scotland

Martin Crewe


Barnardos Scotland




  • To oversee delivery of Equally Safe, monitor progress and identify and (where necessary) intervene in emerging issues;

  • To approve the chair, remit and membership of each of the four Equally Safe workstreams;

  • To receive progress reports from each of the workstreams and oversee the delivery of their objectives;

  • As the workstreams progress, to identify current and emerging issues, and direct the workstreams to focus their attention on particular issues that arise;

  • To promote Equally Safe priorities and any associated outcomes relating to the strategy and the four workstreams within the organisation and/or sector they represent.


As the work of the Joint Strategic Board further develops this section will also contain:

  • minutes of the JSB
  • video clips
  • other relevant information