Members of the Commission and Executive Director
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.
Jan leads and shapes the delivery of operational and strategic priorities across the Commission. She has experience in leadership, corporate governance, human rights, communications, public affairs, and participation work, with a particular focus on campaigns to achieve real change.
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 Deeming Johnstone
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.
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.
Luis Felipe Yanes
Legal Policy Development Officer
Luis Felipe is an international human rights lawyer and an expert in economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). He leads the Commission’s work in this area and proposals for a new human rights bill for Scotland.
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.
Communications & Engagement
Head of Communications & Engagement
Elizabeth leads a wide range of communications and engagement work for the Commission. She is a former BBC 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 senior producer and journalist and has previously worked for the BBC News and Current Affairs.
The Head of Commission Secretariat and Business Support leads a team of business support administrators that help the Commission's work through a range of services including finance, governance support, information and records management, statutory compliance, IT and facilities. In addition to day-to-day service delivery, the team works on 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 via our public enquiries email address: email@example.com.