John was appointed as the Chairman of the Parole Board from 1 January 2013.
John is a qualified solicitor and has spent his 35 year working life in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. In this role he has developed a comprehensive understanding of the Criminal Justice System in Scotland, demonstrating impartiality, strong analytical skills and sound judgement. He has extensive experience of managing a large caseload and making decisions in serious and high-profile cases.
As a senior member of COPFS, and particularly as an Area Procurator Fiscal in Grampian and later in Argyll and Clyde, John developed leadership, management and communication skills. He also has experience of joint working with criminal justice partners such as the courts, police and social work departments.