Chair and Commissioners
Ian is the full time Chair of the Commission. Ian leads all the Commission’s work to promote and protect human rights in Scotland. He has two decades of experience in leadership and human rights. Ian is a former UK Ambassador and was Head of the Human Rights & Rule of Law Department at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. He also led the UK team at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Dr Anna Black is a GP in Glasgow, a non-executive director of Public Health Scotland and is currently completing her PhD in Public Health at the University of Glasgow which has explored how women who are asylum seekers or refugees access primary healthcare.
Legal & Policy
Head of Legal & Policy
Barbara is a qualified lawyer. She leads the Commission’s Legal and Policy team. Barbara is experienced in litigation and has a background in human rights law.
Legal Officer - Rights Based Approach
Cathy is a qualified solicitor and Legal Officer at the Commission. She leads the Commission’s work in promoting a human rights based approach.
Eleanor is a qualified solicitor and Legal Officer at the Commission. She provides legal and policy advice to support all of the Commission’s functions and leads the Commission’s work on social security. Eleanor is currently on maternity leave.
Frank is a qualified solicitor and Legal Officer at the Commission. He provides legal and policy advice to support all of the Commission’s functions.
Alison is the research officer at the Commission. She supports the Commission's research needs by developing and managing external research contracts and undertaking primary and secondary research.
Policy & International Officer
Eilidh leads our work on international scrutiny of human rights in Scotland. Eilidh is an experienced policy and advocacy professional with a background in women’s rights.
Project Worker: Policy & International
Lauren carries out monitoring and tracking of policy, legislative and scrutiny processes and small-scale research at the Commission. She supports ongoing project and planning work across the team.
Luis Felipe Yanes
Legal Policy Development Officer
Luis Felipe is an experienced expert in economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). He provides legal policy advice on ESRC topics and supports the Commission’s work on the National Taskforce on Human Rights Leadership.
Communications & Engagement
Interim Head of Communications
Elizabeth leads a wide range of media and communications work for the Commission. She is a former BBC producer and journalist with a background in third sector communications.
Media and Communications Officer
Judy coordinates and carries out media, social media and wider communications activities for the Commission. She is an experienced producer and journalist and has previously worked for the BBC.
Isla coordinates and delivers the Commission's work with people and organisations affected by the issues we work on.
The Head of Corporate Services leads a team of business support administrators that help the Commission's work through a range of services including finance, HR, governance support, information and records management, statutory compliance, IT and facilities. In addition to day-to-day service delivery, the Corporate Services team works to identify and deliver organisational development projects that contribute to the on-going performance of the organisation. The team is the first point of contact for people contacting the Commission.
The Commission's organisational structure is set out in this diagram.