Human Rights Bill Governance and Engagement Advisory Board


The Advisory Board functions as a sounding board and advice-giving group for the Scottish Government. Its role is to consider and discuss issues that arise in the development and drafting of the Human Rights Bill.

Matters are be put to the group, at meetings and by correspondence, for their consideration and comment. The Scottish Government will use the views expressed by members to inform decisions to develop the Human Rights Bill.

The group first met on 9 September 2021.


  • Emma Roddick MSP, Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees (Chair)
  • Alan Miller, Independent Expert and Former National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership co-chair
  • Brianna Fletcher, COSLA
  • Catherine Murphy, Engender
  • Charlie McMillan, Scottish Commission for Learning Disability
  • Colin McFarlane - Stonewall
  • Danny Boyle, BEMIS
  • Eileen Cawley, Scottish Pensioner’s Forum
  • Emma Hutton,  JustRight Scotland
  • Gordon McRae, Shelter Scotland
  • Graham O'Neill, Scottish Refugee Council
  • Heather Fisken, Inclusion Scotland
  • Jan Savage, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Jatin Haria, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
  • John Wilkes, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Juliet Harris, Together Scotland
  • Luis Felipe Yanes, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Mark Hazelwood, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
  • Mary Brennan, Scottish Food Coalition
  • Mhairi Snowden, Human Rights Consortium Scotland
  • Neil Cowan, Crisis 
  • Paul Traynor, National Carers Organisations
  • Paula Preston, Scottish Civil Justice Council
  • Rebecca Crowther, Equality Network
  • Robert Foster, Who Cares Scotland
  • Shivali Fifield, Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland
  • Yvonne Blake, Poverty and Inequality Commission


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