Violence Against Women and Girls: Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Services


The principal role of the review is to develop a more consistent, coherent, collective and stable funding model that will ensure high quality, accessible specialist services across Scotland for women, children and young people experiencing any form of violence against women and girls.


The review is being chaired by Lesley Irving, Former Head of the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit, who will be supported and guided by an Advisory Group bringing together key figures from local government, health, academia, the third sector and a former Scottish Government Minister.

Advisory group members

  • Malcolm Chisholm, Former Scottish Minister for Health and Community Care 2001 – 2004
  • Katie Cosgrove, Former Gender Based Violence Programme Lead at Public Health Scotland
  • Professor Philomena De Lima, Professor of Applied Sociology and Rural Studies, UHI Inverness
  • Dr Claire Houghton, Lecturer in Social Policy and Qualitative Research at the University of Edinburgh
  • Katie Kelly, Depute Chief Executive, East Ayrshire Council
  • Mukami McCrum, Founder of Shakti Women's Aid and Kenyan Women in Scotland Association and former Chief Executive of the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council
  • Professor Angela O’Hagan, Professor of Equalities and Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University and Depute Director, WISE Centre for Economic Justice



Jane McAteer, Secretary to the VAWG Strategic Funding Review


Back to top