Redress Scotland: panel members

Biographies for the panel of experts appointed to consider applications for financial redress from survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland.

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The 20 Redress Scotland panel members bring a broad range of experience and expertise from social work, education, legal enforcement, psychology and the charity sector.

Biographies are also available on the Redress Scotland website.

Here is the list of panel members:

Andrea Darling

Dr Darling has a background in safeguarding. She is a Research Associate at Durham University, and Senior Research Fellow for a programme examining vulnerability hosted by the National Police Chiefs Council of England and Wales.  

Andrea Higgins

Dr Higgins is a consultant clinical psychologist with expertise in trauma associated with historical abuse. She has led and contributed to psychological services within the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.

Andrew Mason

An advocate at the Scottish Bar, Andrew has over 14 years’ experience in courts and tribunals. In 2020 he was selected as a panel member for the Disabled People’s Organisations COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Anne Houston

A social worker with 40 years’ experience, Dr Anne Houston OBE led the development of ChildLine for 17 years, and was CEO of Children 1st.  She is currently Vice Chair of the Care Inspectorate.  

Bill Matthews

Chair of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and a member of the Unitary Board of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (England and Wales), Bill has wide experience across the public sector, particularly in criminal justice.

Brian Houston

A qualified social worker, Brian has more than 30 years’ experience working with children, young people and families. He has worked in different settings as a practitioner and leader. Brian is currently Head of Support at The Promise Scotland.  

Eileen Skinner

As a solicitor, Eileen had wide experience of cases of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She was previously director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow University, and is currently a member of a number of regulatory committees. 

Emma Lewis

With over 23 years’ experience of working on complex casework with vulnerable groups, Emma founded the Roots Foundation, a charity which supports people who are or have been in care. She is a panel member for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Jane Gordon

Jane is a lawyer with 25 years’ experience that includes human rights, criminal justice reform an advising national policing bodies. She co-founded and led a charity that worked to address discrimination and violence against women and girls.  

Jacqui McGarvey

A social worker with over 35 years’ experience with children and families, adult and disability services, Jacqui was Policy Advisor for Safeguarding in Northern Ireland. She is a panel member of the Historical Institutional Abuse Statutory Redress Board.  

Lynne Harvie

Lynne has supported survivors of sexual abuse for a decade with the Strathclyde Rape Crisis Centre, providing face-to-face, telephone and group counselling support. She has 25 years’ experience as a senior leader across the public, private and third sectors. 

Marcia Samuels

Marcia is a social worker with over 30 years’ experience, including work with survivors of historical abuse. She is a panel member for the Redress Board in Northern Ireland and a facilitator for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Mary McCallan

A qualified solicitor, Mary worked at the WAVE Trauma Centre and Victim Support Northern Ireland before joining Relatives for Justice in 2016. She is a member of the Appeals Panel Northern Ireland and the Gender Legacy Integration Group.

Paul Gilroy

Before retirement, Paul was Head of Service in CrossReach. He has over 35 years’ experience in the care and education sectors. He was the joint chair of the Interaction Action Plan Review Group with the Scottish Human Rights Commission. 

Rachel Happer

A clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in complex trauma, with a particular focus on institutional abuse. Rachel is the former head of Scotland’s acknowledgement forum and is experienced in working with survivors of historical abuse.

Safina Din

A practicing solicitor and academic, Safina is a member of both the Employment Tribunal and the First Tier Social Entitlement Chamber. She is also an independent chair for NHS England.

Sam Gower

Currently Clinical Services Director with the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, Dr Gower is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in complex trauma, child development and residential care.

Sara Lurie

Sara is a qualified social worker with wide experience of working with children and families. She recently retired from The Fostering Network, where she was the Director of Scotland and the UK safeguarding lead. 

Susan Fallone

An advocate at the Scottish Bar and JP in Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Susan’s legal practice and experience has a particular emphasis on child and family law. She was appointed a Children’s Safeguarder in 2013.

Zeenat Islam

A public law barrister, Zeenat has  experience in working with community organisations, vulnerable individuals and people from minoritised groups. Since 2017 she has been instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.


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