Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

SASO Glasgow Branch Conference - 12 May - Final Programme Now Available

"Transforming Scottish Justice" - SASO Glasgow Branch Conference - 12 May 2016 - McCance Lecture Theatre, University of Strathclyde


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Guest Chair and Speakers:-







Derek Penman QPM – Conference Chair

Derek Penman was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland in January 2014. This is an independent appointment under Royal Warrant and confers wide ranging powers to look into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

He joined Central Scotland Police as a cadet in 1982 before becoming a Constable in 1984. Following postings in both uniform and CID, he attended the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1993 with an honours degree in law.  Through promotions within Central Scotland Police, Derek has held a variety of operational and corporate posts, including secondments to both the Scottish Police College and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent within Central Scotland Police in February 2007 with responsibility for territorial policing, crime management and community safety. In December of the same year he was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, with responsibility for all aspects of operational policing and performance.

Derek completed the Strategic Command Course in February 2008 and in June of the same year was appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Crime and Specialist Operations, with Grampian Police. He led on the force priorities of national security, serious organised crime, public protection and road casualty reduction. His portfolio also included energy and protective security for the North Sea and Royalty protection.  In January 2011, Derek returned to Central Scotland Police as Deputy Chief Constable and in November of the same year, he was appointed Temporary Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police. In January 2013, following the transition from eight Forces into a single Force, he was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing North for Police Scotland.

He was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours.  Derek is also a Member of the Institute of Directors and is the Honorary Colonel of Angus and Dundee Battalion of the Army Cadet Force.

Dr Claire McDiarmid

Dr Claire McDiarmid is a Reader in Law at the University of Strathclyde where she has worked since 1999, specialising in Criminal Law.  She was the Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School at Strathclyde and the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research) until August 2015. She has a particular research interest in the way in which the law impacts on, and deals with, children who offend through the children’s hearings system and the courts and she co-ordinates and teaches a masters-level class in Childhood and Crime.  She was a member of the children’s panel for the city of Glasgow from 1996 – 2006.  Her work is underpinned by an interest in rights as they apply to, and are used by children.  She is the author of Childhood and Crime (2007).  More recently, she has written on applying Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (deciding in the child’s best interests) effectively to children who offend and she is working on a paper on a possible defence for children who are prosecuted. 



Malcolm Schaffer

Malcolm Schaffer as been a Reporter for over 41 years, having worked in Tayside and Lothian before being appointed as Reporter Manager for East region when SCRA came into being in 1996.

Since October 2009 Malcolm has been Head of Practice & Policy with responsibility to lead, direct and develop practice and policy across SCRA, and engage with partner agencies at national level.

Until recently he was a member of the Scottish Government Advisory Group on the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility.



Sue Moody

Sue Moody Sue Moody has worked with and for survivors of crime for more than thirty years.  She was the first Director of Victim Support Scotland and also the first Director of Victim Information and Advice (part of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service).  As senior lecturer in the Law Faculty at Dundee University she undertook research on crime victims.  Her most recent post before retirement in March 2015 was with the Survivor Scotland team at the Scottish Government, supporting survivors of abuse in care as children.

Sue is currently the Chair of the Scottish Refugee Council and a Board member of the Howard League.  She represents survivors on the newly formed Scottish Sentencing Council.



Anne McKechnie

Anne McKechnie is a consultant forensic clinical psychologist with Greater Glasgow and Clyde Psychological Trauma Service with lead responsibility for female offenders in Glasgow City Criminal Justice Services.   She is interested in and involved with consideration of the interplay between complex trauma and offending/substance misuse /mental health problems.  She is a member of the SPS trauma steering group and former member of the Parole Board for Scotland. 


Anne has considerable teaching experience and is an honorary lecturer at both Glasgow University and Glasgow Calendonian University.  She is also Secretary of the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology (Scotland).



Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell graduated with a degree in English Literature and Social Studies and a Masters in Social Work. He is currently Course Director for the BSc Hons in Community Youth Work at the University of Ulster.

Hugh has 15 years’ experience as a practitioner/manager in the Northern Ireland Voluntary Sector, including appointments with the Extern Organisation and Save the Children.    At Extern he worked in a shelter for homeless people and subsequently worked in an alternative to custody project for young men as well as leading community and regional development projects.  At Save the Children he was a member of the Divisional Management Team with policy lead for Early Years’ Work and Prisoner’s Families.


Mary Munro


Before moving to Scotland for family reasons 25 years ago, Mary was a solicitor in Cumbria and then re-trained to join the Northumbria Probation and After-Care service as it was then, working in a number of settings on Tyneside and Wearside. Since moving to Scotland, she has been on the board of Sacro, taught criminal justice and criminology at four universities including latterly the University of Strathclyde were she is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Law School.  There she teaches a module on restorative justice as a case study in penal innovation on the Criminal Justice and Penal Change LLM. She is a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, and of the relatively new RJ Forum (Scotland). She has co-edited two volumes on criminal justice in Scotland, the second being published last year as ’Crime,Justice and Society in Scotland’ and is also managing editor of Scottish Justice Matters.





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