Chair and Commissioners
Ian is the full time Chair of the Commission, leading our 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 also led the UK team at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Jan shapes the delivery of operational and strategic priorities across the Commission’s work. She has a wealth of experience in leadership, human rights, advocacy and participation work, with a particular focus on campaigns to achieve real change.
Shelley has 20 years’ experience in the third sector in roles spanning engagement, policy and strategy development and she is currently Head of Policy and Communications at Corra Foundation, where she has a focus on human rights, diversity, equity and inclusion and racial justice.
Jim is currently a board member of the Risk Management Authority having retired from the Scottish Prison Service. During his prison service career he held a number of senior positions including having been Governor of four prisons and he was seconded to HMIPS where he held the position of Deputy Chief Inspector.
Claire Methven O’Brien
Claire Methven O’Brien has worked internationally as a human rights researcher, practitioner and advocate for more than 20 years and currently holds teaching and other positions at the University of Dundee, the University of Strathclyde Business School and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
Legal & Policy
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.
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.
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
Head of Communications & Engagement
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 & 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.
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.