Mrs Kathleen McQuillan qualified as a solicitor in 1981 specialising in Criminal Law. After leaving private practice she joined the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board as Senior Board/Authority Advocate. She was appointed to Parole Board for Scotland Legal Member/Vice Chairman from 2004 to 2011 and is currently a Legal Convenor of Mental Health Tribunal Scotland. Her background has provided her with extensive experience and skills in the ability to analyse and review complex issues and reach reasoned judgements; the ability to produce logical, structured and concise written reports; and understanding of prisoner release arrangements, risk assessment and post-release offender management in Scotland and the ability to work in a rapidly changing environment. In 2012 Kathleen was honoured by HM Queen with an OBE for services to justice. Mrs McQuillan was appointed to the Board in August 2014.