Jim Farish and Dr Joe Judge appointed as Members of the RMA Board

    23 March 2021, General

    The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP, today announced the appointment of Jim Farish and Dr Joe Judge as Members of the Board of the Risk Management Authority.

    We are delighted to welcome Jim Farish and Dr Joe Judge who both bring invaluable experience and expertise to the RMA Board. At RMA, our duties focus on protecting the public by ensuring that risk assessment and management meets the standard, to reduce reoffending and the harm it causes. Our Board meets bi-monthly to provide strategic direction, support and guidance, and monitor our progress against performance targets.


    David Crawford, Board Convener, commented:

    “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Jim Farish and Dr Joe Judge to the board of the RMA. During the selection process they demonstrated their knowledge, skills and experience and I am sure they will make a tremendous contribution the work of the RMA in the coming years.”

    Jim Farish joined the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) after a twenty year career in the construction industry. During his SPS career he held a number of senior roles including Governor in Charge of four prisons, Assistant Director of Prisons as well as a period seconded to HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland as Deputy Chief Inspector. He has a strong human rights background having led the project to ensure that rights and their importance were clearly articulated within each of the standards used for the inspection of prisons in Scotland.

    Dr Joe Judge is a clinical psychologist. He has worked in a wide range of forensic and non-forensic mental health settings and has long standing clinical and research interests in the risk assessment of violence and sexual violence. Dr Judge has a special interest in the application of psychological formulation for people with complex relational difficulties.

    Mark McSherry, Chief Executive, commented:

    “I am delighted that Jim and Joe are joining our Board and bring with them extensive experience working in prisons, community and the state hospital. We look forward to working with them to realise our ambitions to transform the assessment and management of those who pose a risk of serious harm and to make Scotland safer.”


    The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner. The appointments are for four years from 27 May 2021 until 26 May 2025.

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