Independent Review of the Victim Notification Scheme: biographies

Biographies of the Chair and Vice-Chair of the independent review.

Alastair MacDonald, VNS Review Chair


  • Senior Civil Servant in the Home Office and Department for Work and Pensions 
  • Cabinet Office Major Project Reviewer
  • Associate Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland HMICS 2012-2014
  • National Chair and Trustee Victim Support Scotland 2015-2019

Fiona Young, VNS Review Vice-Chair

  • Trustee of Victim Support Scotland
  • Chief Officer – Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority (2015 – 2017)
  • Senior Research Associate – Simon Fraser University, specialising in research to improve approaches to crime reduction and the use of informatics in criminology
  • Director – Home Office Crime Reduction and Communities (2002 – 2005)

Fiona has been Director of A and F Young Ltd since 2011, which provides specialist advice and expertise to public and third sector organisations in the areas of criminal justice and community safety.

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