Convener and Members Appointed to RMA Board

    6 April 2017, General, Archive

    Convener and Members Appointed to the Board of the Risk Management Authority

    The Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson today announced the appointment of David Crawford as Convener to the Risk Management Authority alongside three new members; Aileen Burnett, Jane Davey and Terry Powell.


    David Crawford is a qualified social worker and worked in local authority social work in Scotland for more than 30 years. He was the Director of Social Work for Renfrewshire Council from 2001 to 2007 and then the Executive Director of Social Care Services with Glasgow City Council until his retirement from local government in 2012. He has an extensive background in criminal justice work including 5 years as manager of the social work service in Barlinnie Prison and was a member of the Maclean Committee which recommended the setting up of the Risk Management Authority.


    Dr Aileen Burnett is a consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist with over ten years’ experience of working with mentally disordered offenders. She has extensive experience of offering direct and indirect Psychological treatment to adult forensic patients. She has developed expertise in the assessment, management and treatment of personality disordered offenders. She also has a special interest in the needs of children and young people who present a risk of harm to others.

    Terry Powell was a member of Lothian and Borders Police, joining in 1980. During his police career he undertook a wide range of responsibilities, including senior investigating officer, the planning and command of high profile events and divisional commander for East Lothian and Midlothian. Since retiring in 2010 he has been a member for the Parole Board for Scotland with responsibility for assessing the risk of offenders and making decisions regarding their release into the community on licence. Terry has a wide range of experience in Public Protection and promoting community safety in Scotland.

    Jane Davey studied Law and has now worked as a solicitor for nearly 30 years in a number of Jurisdictions including England, Belgium and the Solomon Islands. She is currently Principle Litigation Solicitor for Highland Council where she has been for 19 years. Jane has wide experience of multi-agency Public Protection and risk assessment and drafting policies and procedures. Jane is committed to the goals and objectives of the RMA and looks forward to working with other board members and staff.


    Both the Convener and Members appointment’s will be for four years and will run from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

    These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

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