Who We Are

Who We Are


Professor Richard Sparks

Vice Convenor

Dr. Beth Weaver


Dr. Katrina Morrison


Hugh Craig FCCA

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Emma Jardine - Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Emma worked previously at Whitespace (Scotland), researching, briefing, developing and presenting behaviour change campaigns with Scottish Government Marketing and Policy teams. She recently completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Edinburgh. As Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Emma manages and cordinates HLS's policy portfolio, social media and research agenda. Contact her at: emma@howardleague.scot

Board Members:

Richard Sparks 

Richard is Professor of Criminology at the University of Edinburgh. From 2006-16 Richard was Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and from 2014-17 was Head of the Law School at the Univeristy of Edinburgh. Richard's current research has two main strands, namely, i) the relationships between policies, discourses and practices of crime control and punishment and democratic politics; and ii) the past, present and future of imprisonment in these islands.

Antony Duff

Antony Duff taught Philosophy  at the University of Stirling, where he is now a Professor Emeritus; he also holds an honorary position at the Edinburgh Law School; for five years he held a chair at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he co-founded the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. His research is in the philosophy of criminal law and punishment, exploring the role that criminal law should play in a democratic society. He chaired the working group that produced the British Academy Report, A Presumption Against Imprisonment (2014).​

Fiona Dyer

Fiona is Interim Director of CYCJ (Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice) and manages the IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth) service, which is a high risk psychological and social work mental health service for young people who present a risk to others. Previous to joining CYCJ, Fiona was seconded to the Scottish Government youth justice team for three years, initially as Project Manager for the young people who offend project, and latterly to support the national implementation of the Whole System Approach. Prior to this, she worked for ten years as a social worker and social work manager within the fields of youth and criminal justice.

Fiona Jamieson

Dr Fiona Jamieson joined the Board of Howard League Scotland in January 2018. Fiona has enjoyed several careers in criminal justice in Scotland; first as Reporter to the Children's Panel then for many years as a prosecutor in Scotland. She undertook doctoral research on judicial culture and practice and is currently Senior Teaching Fellow in Criminology at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. Fiona's research interests include sentencing practice, punishment cultures and criminal justice reform.

Maggie Mellon

Maggie Mellon is an independent social worker, mainly supporting parents and families in relation to child protection and care proceedings. She was a member of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice. As a member of Women For Independence Maggie helped lead a successful campaign against plans for Inverclyde, the new women's prison. She was involved with Justice Watch, where women went to courts across Scotland to try to find out why we imprison so many women.

Beth Weaver

Beth is a Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Policy, an Associate Director, Scottish Centre for Crime and a Justice Research Research Consultant, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice. She has specific interests in desistance, user involvement and co-production and the use of through-the-prison-gate social cooperative structures of employment. All of her research has an applied focus on penal reform.

Katrina Morrison

Katrina is a part-time lecturer in criminology at Edinburgh Napier University. Having worked with SPS and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, her interests include policing and security; restorative justice; and historical rehabilitative practice. Much of her work has built on her PhD which examined the effects of devolution on Scottish criminal justice, drawing on theoretical frameworks from social and political sciences and interviews from criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners.

Jacqueline Fordyce

Jacqueline is an Advocate with particular interests in criminal law, public law, and human rights.  She has relevant experience in proceedings before the Scottish courts, and has appeared in the UK Supreme Court in relation to prisoners’ rights.  She is a contributing editor of The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia.  She has gained practical insight into the policy and workings of the Scottish criminal justice system as a former law clerk to Lord Carloway and Lady Dorrian, and has worked in the field of international criminal justice as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

W. James Smith

W. James Smith is a solicitor working in the areas of criminal defence and prison law.  His interest in prison law has meant that he has been involved in several prisoner rights cases before the Scottish courts and the UK Supreme Court.  The cases have been diverse, but the main focus of interest has been on trying to challenge delays in the rehabilitation process in prison.   He appears regularly before the Parole Board for Scotland and is interested in the impact that prison rehabilitation has on the Parole Board’s decision-making process.  He is strongly of the view that prisoners should be seen as people and not crimes.