Dr Keir Bloomer Chairman - Board of Directors
BA MA (Hon) D.Univ FRSA FRSE
Keir Bloomer is Chair of the Tapestry Partnership and a regular contributor to its programmes. He is also Chair of the Education Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chair of the Scottish Book Trust and Chair of the Commission on School Reform.
In addition he is a member of the Board of Reform Scotland and the Scotland/China Education Network.
He was Director of Education and later Chief Executive of Clackmannanshire Council, a post from which he retired in May 2007. He is immediate ex-Chair of the Court (Governing body) of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
As a member of the review group that wrote “A Curriculum for Excellence” (Scotland’s national curriculum), he has been closely involved with curriculum reform and chaired the Higher Order Skills Excellence Group.
He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work with the Scottish Government, local authorities, national agencies and schools.
Nigel Osborne Board of Directors
Nigel Osborne is a musician, academic, linguist, scientist and peace activist whose work was recognised in 2003 with an MBE, and with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Queen Margaret University in 2013. He has taught at all levels from nursery to post-doctoral.
His work with deeply disadvantaged children takes him to many war-torn parts of the world including Kosovo, Chechnya, North Uganda and Palestine. The Balkan wars of the 1990s saw him helping children traumatised by war, and his summer camps for these children continue each year.
His began his career as a composer, winning many prizes worldwide. He was Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh from 1990-2012, and there he founded the Institute of Music in Human and Social Development, reflecting his keen interest in links between music and neuroscience. He has continued to compose throughout his adult life.
As a director of the Tapestry Partnership, Nigel has led ground-breaking developments such as The Silk Road to Scotland. He has also worked extensively with pupils with profound and complex additional needs in many parts of Scotland. Download more about Nigel Osborne.
Victoria McNicol Leadership Admin
Victoria is the administrator for all Leadership programmes. She is the key point of contact and holds an overview of the Leadership programmes in each respective local authority.
Victoria joined Tapestry in 2010 having previously worked with the Chairman of Learning and Teaching Scotland for several years.
Lynn Smillie Assessment Admin
Lynn is the administrator for all Assessment programmes. She is the key point of contact and holds an overview of the Assessment programmes in each respective local authority.
Lynn joined Tapestry in 2005 having worked with the Head of the Professional Development Unit at the University of Strathclyde.
Stuart worked for East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) – Education Department for 11 years as a Quality Improvement Officer and Manager. Stuart had key responsibility for leading reviews and preparing schools for inspection as well as taking forward Curriculum for Excellence, SQA liaison, the Sciences and Global Citizenship. As authority Assessment Co-ordinator from 2003 he led on all aspects of assessment.
He was a member of the national advisory group taking forward Assessment is for Learning. He also served on the national advisory group for Science and Technology for five years. He has chaired various National Quality Assurance Groups to support the assessment of broad general education and completed two terms as a member of the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) Partnership Quality Committee having had responsibility, as part of a team, for recommending the accreditation of qualification awarding bodies.
Before working for ERC he was an International Project Manager employed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as a senior consultant on Assessment, Evaluation and Life Skills with responsibility for World Bank and US Aid development projects in Latvia, FYR Macedonia, Northern Greece and the Kingdom of Lesotho. He has recently worked in Ireland as consultant to the implementation of Junior Cycle Science.
He has had extensive experience as an Examiner and External Verifier for SQA having taught Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Science for 25 years. Stuart was seconded to Glasgow Division as a Staff Tutor in Science and as a Higher Still Development Officer for East Dunbartonshire. He has also had experience of promoted posts in a variety of secondary schools in Glasgow, Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire including Assistant Principal Teacher (Guidance), Principal Teacher of Chemistry, Assistant Head Teacher, substantive Depute Head Teacher and Acting Head Teacher.
Stuart leads Tapestry’s Quality Team with especial reference to presentations to GTCS.
Kathryn is a new member of the Tapestry team and has recently joined the Making Thinking Visible Programme.
Kathryn enjoyed 37 years in the secondary sector within North Lanarkshire before retiring from her post as Senior Depute Head Teacher in August 2015. As a career-minded .professional she constantly strived to extend her subject knowledge and skills through CPD. As a senior manager in charge of pastoral support she successfully established the first secondary nurture unit in North Lanarkshire, a model which has been adopted by other schools throughout Scotland. Kathryn is a qualified CBT councillor and continues to practice within South Lanarkshire. Since retiring she has also worked as a Field Officer with the Scottish Attainment Challenge in North Lanarkshire, designing and delivering the secondary mentoring training programme and supporting Mentors in all 23 secondary schools.
As an experienced Manager Kathryn believes continuing professional development is a lifelong process. It doesn’t stop after earning a degree and starting a career. Kathryn is acutely aware of the need to provide our Scottish teaching workforce with high quality professional opportunities through which to challenge their thinking and develop their practice.
Frances has been the Tapestry Assessment Programme Co-ordinator for 6 years. She formerly held the post of Advisory Service Manager in a large local authority for 11 years. Throughout her career from assistant teacher, assistant principal teacher, principal teacher, science advisor, Development Planning Manager and finally Advisory Service Manager, her main interest has been the quality of learning and teaching in the classroom.
As Advisory Service Manager, she managed a large team of advisers, development officers and administration staff and so improved her wide knowledge of all aspects of the curriculum and pedagogy. She also had particular responsibility for liaison with Tapestry and co-ordinating the Assessment Development Programme within the council from the outset demonstrating her personal interest in, as well as extensive knowledge of, the current thinking in relation to Assessment for, as and of Learning.
She has recently been working on a number of Tapestry projects and other tasks most of which are directly related to her personal interest in all aspects of improving learning in the classroom, in particular, formative assessment and improving teacher professional judgement for summative assessment purposes.
Frances has worked with 26 Scottish local authorities on Sustaining Assessment for Learning through Teacher Learning Communities Programme and is currently working on the Improving Teacher Professional Judgement for Summative Assessment Purposes programme.
Mary started teaching in Lanarkshire in 1973. She was appointed as senior teacher to St Dominic’s in Airdrie in the first round of senior teachers before becoming depute in St Patrick’s, Coatbridge.
In 1992 Mary was appointed as Headteacher in St Gerard’s, Bellshill, then took up post of adviser in the new North Lanarkshire Council in 1996. Part of her remit there was assessment co-ordinator. She attended the first conference that Dylan Wiliam gave in Edinburgh in 2006.
In 2008 she joined Falkirk Council as CPD Manager.
Mary recently retired from her post as Quality Improvement Manager in West Dunbartonshire Council.
Marian is a highly experienced former primary school headteacher having spent many years of her career working as a senior manager in various schools within North Lanarkshire.
After a very successful HMIE inspection in which leadership of the school was rated as very good, she was invited to become an Associate Inspector with the inspectorate. She spent almost 12 years working with Education Scotland.
Having led another school through a very successful inspection where the leadership and management of the school was evaluated as excellent, Marian moved to Aberdeenshire Council as Quality Improvement Officer. Within the management team of the Council she had key responsibility for the line managing of primary and secondary schools, leading reviews, preparing schools for inspection and supporting the quality improvement agenda . She had an authority wide responsibility for the development of Curriculum for Excellence, focusing on Maths and Numeracy and latterly was the lead officer for Additional Support Needs.
She has a keen interest in school standards and improvement, in particular the development of high quality learning and teaching approaches through working and supporting practitioners in professional development.
Jim taught Biology in Glasgow secondary schools for 10 years from 1975 and was a Principal Teacher of Biology for six years. He went on to work in Glasgow Division on curriculum development projects for five years; the most significant of these was the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI). In 1990 he became one of Strathclyde Regional Council’s Chief Education Advisers. During that time he was part of a small team which provide advice to the Government of Lesotho under the auspices of the World Bank.
He moved to Clackmannanshire Council as its Head of Schools in 1996 after local government in Scotland was reorganised. He worked in Clackmannanshire until 2010 when he retired as its Head of Education and Community Services. During that time he was seconded to Learning & Teaching Scotland for two and a half years to manage a national project relating to the National Priorities in Education.
Since 2010 he has been involved in projects relating to education for sustainability, currently in a project producing teaching and learning materials on Marine and Offshore Renewable Energy for schools, and was an adviser to and researcher for the Commission on School Reform which published its report By Diverse Means: Improving Scottish Education in 2013.
Gillian has been an educator for 30 years, starting her career in primary education. She held several leadership roles in schools before moving into the local authority in 2001 as SQH Co-ordinator and Leadership and Management Development Officer. From there she moved to the University of Edinburgh to become the first Academic Co-ordinator of the Chartered Teacher Programme. She returned to the City of Edinburgh Council as Learning and Development Manager for Children and Families and held that role until 2016.
She served as a panel member on the Edinburgh Children’s Panel for five years, finding it one of the most challenging and rewarding roles she has held. From 2014 to 2016 she relaunched and led the Scottish Professional Learning Network, linking colleagues from local authorities, universities and educational bodies such as Education Scotland, GTCS, the SCEL and Scottish Government. She is a longstanding committee member and treasurer of the Scottish educational Leadership and Management Society (SELMAS).
Gillian is passionate about learning, both her own and supporting that of others. She was a participant on the pilot of the Scottish Qualification for Headship in 1999, gaining the qualification in 2001. She gained her Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and her coaching accreditation from the University of Strathclyde in 2005.
Gillian has a desire to contribute to the successful future of young people in Scotland, ensuring that they can fully access education. She is delighted to be part of the Tapestry Team supporting the learning and development of colleagues across Scotland.
Before her retiral in August 2014, Marjorie worked as Leadership Development Officer in Fife. Previous roles included Induction Manager, with responsibility for probationer support and all aspects of the probationer programme and, as a member of Fife’s CPD Team, she developed and delivered numerous very successful learning and teaching and coaching courses. She is an experienced primary Headteacher, having held that post in three schools.
Marjorie is passionate about professional learning and development and loves working with enthusiastic people who are committed to improving their practice. She is currently involved in a number of Tapestry programmes in both tutor and development roles.
Since 1975 he taught English in schools in inner city Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire before being appointed Depute Head Teacher of St Andrew’s Secondary Glasgow in 1993. In 1996 he was appointed Head Teacher of St Modan’s High School Stirling. In 2001 and again in March 2009 St Modan’s received outstanding HMIE reports which referred to the “inspirational” and “exceptionally strong” leadership of the Head Teacher. In June 2010 he was asked to take over Dunblane High School as interim Head Teacher at a time of crisis for the school. He was immediately faced with leading Dunblane High School through what was expected to be a very difficult HMIE inspection. In February 2011, shortly before the publication of this inspection report (which again referred to the “inspirational leadership” of the Head Teacher), he agreed to remain as the permanent Head Teacher of Dunblane High. Since then Dunblane High has become one of the top performing state schools in Scotland in SQA exams.
Throughout 20 years as a Head Teacher in denominational and non-denominational schools, he has spoken at numerous conferences (educational and otherwise) and has published articles on a range of Scottish educational issues including Curriculum for Excellence. He also contributed a Chapter to T Bryce and W Hume’s definitive book on education in Scotland ‘Scottish Education’ (2008).
Over the years he served on several national committees including the National Review of Guidance, the National Advisory Group on Values and Citizenship, the Ministerial Reference Group on Inclusive Education and the Scottish Government’s Review & Evaluation Group on Flexible Routes to Headship. He was also an advisor to HM Treasury’s Public Services Directorate. Since 2011 he has been a leading member of the Commission on School Reform set up by the think tanks Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy, to consider whether the school system in Scotland is meeting the present and future needs of young people. The commission’s report ‘By Diverse Means’ was published to widespread acclaim in 2013. Since retiring in April 2016 he has given a TEDx Talk (May 2016) and written a blog (July 2016) for Reform Scotland on ‘Evidence, Governance and Culture: Reflections on Scottish Education in the light of 3 recent documents’.
He has the OBE for services to Scottish Education.
Brian has 25 years experience in senior management in secondary schools and until 2009 was Head Teacher at Castlemilk High in Glasgow.
He was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to education.
Brian was a member of the Cabinet Secretary’s Raising Attainment Group and is currently working as an education consultant on leadership and school improvement.
He is the co-ordinator for Tapestry’s ‘Leading Learning in the School’ programme.
Chris is currently a visiting professor at Strathclyde University. He has over 40 years experience working in primary education and curriculum development. He taught in primary schools in Scotland and England and was head teacher of Yoker Primary School in Glasgow for almost 12 years. He left his head teacher post to become a Senior Curriculum Officer with Scottish CCC.
He joined HMI in 1991 holding posts as lead inspector for primary and pre-school education and district inspector for Renfrewshire and South Ayrshire. Until he retired in April 2011, he had Chief Inspector responsibilities within HMIE for seven years. He has led recent staff development work for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, Orkney, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire and Western Isles and national conferences. His “Improving our Classrooms” course, attended by ten cohorts of Glasgow teachers was praised as ‘excellent’ by GTCS.
Lesley has 37 years experience in the primary sector where she was a depute headteacher in a successful, large primary school. She has recent experience of turning around a school that was experiencing difficulties.
In addition to direct teaching experience, Lesley was a Development Officer with responsibility for raising attainment in literacy and numeracy; a primary adviser turned Quality Improvement Officer; Quality Improvement Manager and, for a short time, Interim Head of Education in Clackmannanshire before joining the shared services of Clackmannanshire and Stirling as Service Manager with responsibility for ‘performance’.
Lesley holds a Masters degree – a large part of which, examined the role of coaching and mentoring in developing leadership.
Before her retirement in 2010, Liz Rose worked in Falkirk Council as Curriculum Support Officer for over ten years with a remit for Early Education, Early Intervention, Creativity and Thinking Skills (3–18). Prior to this, she had a wide experience of teaching in primary and early years.
Liz was responsible for developing a Creativity Team in Falkirk based on Reggio principles, and she continues to promote an integrated arts approach in early years and Storyline in Primary and Secondary. Liz was also involved in leading a joint initiative with Tapestry developing Vygotskian Approaches in Early Years.
In 2006 Liz completed Falkirk Council’s Developing Coaching Skills training and subsequently lead the writing team producing Falkirk Council’s Coaching Skills Training of Trainers Course.
Liz has successfully completed three WIDE World Modules – Teaching for Understanding 1, Coach Development and Leading for Understanding 1.
Liz’s main professional interest is in helping teachers develop their professional competence and confidence in order that they are equipped, both professionally and personally, to provide the best educational experience for our young people.
Graeme Wilson grew up in Ayrshire and has lived his adult life in Fife. Following studies at RSAMD and University of Liverpool, his work as a musician in education gave him 20 years as Principal Teacher of Music at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline before moving to Fife Council HQ for 15 years in a QIO role first as Adviser in Music, then Education Adviser and finally as Music Services Manager.
Throughout that time, his responsibilities covered all aspects of music learning and teaching across all sectors within the Kingdom, including major developments in instrumental learning. Initiatives such as the Fife Music Excellence Project, singing instrumentalists and ‘Listen Up’, a DVD featuring A Young Person’s Guide to the Instruments of the Orchestra were parallel and important elements of his work.
At all times in his career, Graeme has immersed himself in practical projects in schools, locally, nationally and also with a community emphasis. With an organising streak inherited from his father, he is happiest in a hands-on role whether in the thick of making music or turning the handle of administration.
As a practising musician, he conducts, plays in orchestras and bands and accompanies, turning to composing, arranging and editing as required. Work as a Tapestry Music Adviser has opened doors and minds, created opportunities and brought joy. Notable among that is the Silk Road to Scotland work and involvement with the large conferences in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, especially the formation of the inter-authority Tapestry Jazz Radio Orchestra which featured the strings of Fife.
Graeme’s work for SQA started over 30 years ago and has encompassed roles on the Music Panel, as a setter, marker, examiner, practical Visiting Assessor which currently continues, and he was critically involved at the time of the introduction of CSYS in Music. Graeme has recently been part of the consultative group within Creative Scotland which helped bring Music for Youth to Scotland. He is a director and trustee of several organisations in Fife: Fife Festival of Music, Fife Action on Autism, Fife Youth Music Forum, Fife Youth Music Activities. He serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Scottish Association for Music Education and in that role has guided 20 annual conferences with continued success and excitement for delegates.
Graeme has just completed 40 years as Musical Director and Conductor of Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra.
Professor Graham Donaldson Tapestry Associate
Graham Donaldson taught in secondary schools in Scotland before working for the national curriculum body in Scotland as a curriculum evaluator.
He joined Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education in 1983 and ultimately as head of the organisation he guided it through major structural reform as it became an executive agency of the Scottish Government. He also radically reformed the approach to inspection, combining clear accountability with self-evaluation and capacity building. In addition to being the chief professional advisor to Ministers on education policy, he personally took a leading role in a number of major reform programmes and was influential in the development of the Scottish Government’s curriculum reform programme, Curriculum for Excellence.
Following his retirement from HMIE he was asked by the government to undertake a personal review of teacher education in Scotland. His report ‘Teaching Scotland’s Future’, published in 2011, made 50 recommendations which have all been accepted by the government and a major implementation programme is now under way. The report has also aroused considerable interest internationally.
Graham is an Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences in the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Education Committee and a Director of the Goodison Group in Scotland. He has established a high profile internationally, lecturing extensively, working as an international expert for OECD, advising governments and NGOs, and leading SICI, the international inspectorate organisation, as President.
Graham’s report on the national curriculum in Wales, ‘Successful Futures’, was published in February 2015 and was very positively received. The Welsh Government is due to make an announcement about implementation soon. Graham was also an international expert on the OECD Review of Sweden and the radical report of the review has been accepted by the Swedish Government.
Graham recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wales. He was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2010.
Professor Dylan Wiliam Key Advisor - Assessment Programmes
Dylan is Emeritus Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.
Having taught in inner-city schools in London for seven years he joined King’s College London. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Dean and Head of the School of Education and from 2001 to 2003, was Assistant Principal of the College.
He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications on ability grouping, education law and assessment. He is the co-author, with Paul Black of “Inside the Black Box” and has subsequently worked with many groups of teachers, in both the UK and the USA, on developing formative assessment practices.
Dylan is a Key Advisor to Tapestry with whom he continues to work exclusively in Scotland on all issues related to formative assessment practices.
Professor David Perkins Key Advisor / Editor - Leadership Deep Learning - Agents of Change Programme
David is the Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Professor of Teaching and Learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the Senior Faculty. David is a founding member of Project Zero and now senior co-director. Project Zero investigates human intelligence, creativity, understanding, and learning at all levels.
David conducts research on creativity in the arts and sciences, informal reasoning, problem solving, understanding, individual and organisational learning, and the teaching of thinking skills. He leads curriculum projects addressing thinking, understanding, and learning around the world. He is actively involved in school change. He is the author of numerous publications, including Smart Schools (The Free Press, 1992), Outsmarting IQ (The Free Press, 1995) on intelligence and its cultivation, The Eureka Effect (Norton, 2001) about creative thinking and King Arthur’s Round Table (Wiley, 2003) about organisational intelligence and learning and Making Learning Whole (Jossey-Bass, 2008) about organising learning around full meaningful endeavors.
Dr Martha Stone Wiske Key Advisor / Editor - Leadership Deep Learning - Agents of Change Programme
Martha is a consultant on educational design with a focus on teaching for understanding and the development of collaborative learning communities.
She has been a researcher and member of the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Harvard, she collaborated in many research initiatives including the Teaching for Understanding project.
She is the co-founder of WIDE World with Professor David Perkins. This organisation is designed to improve educational practice on a wide scale through application of research on effective pedagogy.
Since 1999, Stone has been involved with a significant number of educators in almost 100 countries. She has authored and edited various books on the subject of Teaching for Understanding.
Professor Sir Tim Brighouse Key Advisor - Leading Learning in the School Programme
Tim is an Honorary Professor at several British Universities. Having graduated from Oxford, he taught in secondary schools before starting a career in educational administration. He has held several senior management posts in education – Deputy Education Officer (I.L.E.A), Chief Education Officer in Oxfordshire, Chief Education Officer in Birmingham and Professor of Education in Keele University.
The strength of his leadership made a considerable impact to attainment in Birmingham schools. He was appointed as the Education Tsar in London – as Commissioner and then as Chief Advisor for London Schools during which time he was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education London.
His time as Chief Advisor for London school and his strong leadership had the effect of raising the proportion of young people gaining 5 or more A-C.
His ability to change attitudes and improve achievement led to plaudits from all – including OFSTED. Tim has authored several books on education, broadcaster and speaks at local, national and international conferences.
Mark Church Key Advisor - Making Thinking Visible Programme
Mark is involved with various Harvard University Project Zero Cultures of Thinking initiatives and is co-author of the book “Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for All Learners” (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
He has a particular interest in helping teachers and school leaders to think deeply about their efforts to cultivate thinking and learning opportunities for young people. He works with schools and districts, encouraging efforts to create rich communities of practice for educators committed to being mindful students of those they teach and lead. Mark has taught in the United States, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands and has served as a school district central office administrator in charge of teacher and principal learning and growth.
Maggie Farrar Key Advisor - Leading Learning in the School Programme
Maggie has worked in London and Birmingham in senior leadership positions in schools and local authorities. More recently she was the Director for leadership development, research and succession planning at the National College for School Leadership and interim Chief Executive.
She has a particular interest in team leadership, community leadership and schools as organisations that work together to transform children’s life chances and close gaps in achievement. She is currently working with CfBT (Centre for British Teachers) on peer review and cluster based approaches to school improvement. She is a senior associate to the North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University and a coach to a number of senior leadership teams.
She has worked on school reform and leadership development in India, Australia and China. She is the co – author with John West Burnham and George Otero of ‘School community partnerships – working together to transform children’s lives’.
She is a Governor of the Oxford Academy in Oxford and a Trustee of the Story Museum in Oxford.
She was awarded the CBE for Services to Education in 2014.
Professor Mel Ainscow, CBE Key Advisor
Mel is Emeritus Professor of Education and Co-director of the Centre for Equity in Education at the University of Manchester. He is also Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is internationally recognized as an authority on the promotion of inclusion and equity in education. Previously a head teacher, local education authority adviser and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Mel’s work focuses on ways of making school systems effective for all children and young people.
A long-term consultant to UNESCO, Mel is currently working on international efforts to promote equity and inclusion globally. He has recently completed collaborative research projects with networks of schools in Australia, England, Portugal and Spain. Between 2007 and 2011, Mel led the Greater Manchester Challenge, a project that involved a partnership between national government, ten local authorities, 1,150 schools and many other stakeholders, and had a government investment of around £50 million. Currently, he is the Champion for Schools Challenge Cymru, the Welsh Government’s multi-million pound programme to accelerate the rate of improvement across the country’s schools. He is also a member of the commission set up to improve education in Knowsley, the lowest performing local authority in England.
Mel has published extensively in practitioner and international research journals. His most recent books are: ‘Struggles for equity in education: The selected works of Mel Ainscow’ (Routledge World Library of Educationalists series), and Towards self-improving school systems: lessons from a city challenge (Routledge), both published in 2015. Two new books will be published by Routledge in 2017: Inside the autonomous school: making sense of a global educational trend (with Maija Salokangas); and Using evidence to promote learning and equity in schools (with Jess Harris and Suzanne Carrington).
In the Queen’s 2012 New Year honours list, Mel was made a CBE for services to education.
John Carnochan, OBE QPM (hon.) LLD FFPH Key Advisor
John was until February 2013 a Detective Chief Superintendent with Strathclyde Police. He was a police officer for almost 39 years working mostly as a Detective. He was involved in various roles in the investigation of serious crime and in particular as senior investigating officer in murder inquiries. He was deputy head of the Criminal Investigation Department. He was a Licensed Hostage Negotiator and was responsible within the force for all matters relating to abduction.
In 1997 he spent time as a police advisor to the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the West Indies.
In January 2005, together with a colleague, John established the Violence Reduction Unit with the aim of developing a strategy that would bring about sustainable reductions in violence within Strathclyde. In April 2006 the VRU assumed a Scotland wide role and are now supported by the Scottish Government. Their fundamental tenet is that “violence is preventable – not inevitable”.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2007 for distinguished police service.
In 2010 John was made a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health.
In 2013 John was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to community safety.
In March 2013 John took up a role with the University of St Andrews as a specialist consultant. This role included direct support for the VRU and knowledge exchange in relation to violence reduction and prevention.
In June 2014 John “retired” and now works as an independent consultant and adviser on violence prevention.
In September 2014 John was appointed a Senior Fellow of the WAVE Trust.
In December 2014 John was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of St Andrews for his major contribution to violence prevention policy, practice and advocacy.
He is a member of several groups and organisations including:
Trustee on the Board of The Children’s Parliament
Member – Executive Board of Alcohol Focus Scotland
Friend of The Poverty and Truth Commission
Member – World Health Organisation (WHO) Violence Prevention Alliance
Member of the Scottish Government’s Early Years Task Force
Co-Chair of the Common Purpose Leadership Advisory Group
Special Adviser to the Board of Trustees of the Scottish Television Children’s Appeal
Senior Fellow of the WAVE Trust.
He has acted as a technical adviser for the World Health Organisation, Violence Prevention Alliance and was the lead officer on their Criminal Justice Liaison Group. He recently worked with the Inter-American Development Bank on citizen safety projects in the Caribbean region and Latin America. He has worked with the Bernard van Leer Foundation on child safety and early years projects in Latin America.
In 2011 John presented to the Home Secretary’s Inter Ministerial Group and was part of the expert group that was formed to develop an effective strategy for reducing gang related violence in England and Wales.
In 2015 John was a member of the Scottish Government’s Public Health Review Group.
His current work includes assisting in the development of a programme to introduce a multi skilled approach to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on family engagement and outcomes based partnership working with The Tapestry Partnership.
He is also working with The Hunter Foundation developing a UK wide project in partnership with BBC Children in Need to improve the outcomes for care experienced young people in the criminal justice system.
He is a regular presenter at conferences, seminars and universities throughout the UK and internationally
He is a passionate advocate of prevention, whole system thinking, early years, and collaboration as well as raising the profile and acknowledging the value of “being human.”
His book: “Conviction – Violence, culture and a shared public service agenda” in the series Postcards from Scotland by Argyll Publishing was published in May 2015 and is available at: ?http://www.postcardsfromscotland.co.uk/book9.html
Other publications include:
Violence, Culture and Policing in Scotland
John Carnochan & Karyn McCluskey, 2009 Policing Scotland (Second Edition): Daniel Donnelly and Kenneth Scott (eds), Willan Publishing
The Police, the Community and Multi-agency Work for Children and Young People
John Carnochan, Malcolm Hill and Raymond Taylor, 2012, Children’s Services: Working Together, Hill M., Head G., Lockyer A., Reid B., Taylor R. (eds) Pearson Publishing
Violence Prevention – an Invitation to Inter Sectorial Action
John Carnochan, Alexander Butchart, Thom Feucht, Christopher Mikton and Jonathan Shepherd, 2010, World Health Organisation – Violence Prevention Alliance, translated into Spanish, French and Portuguese 2012.
The Public Health Approach to Domestic Violence
Damien Williams, Anna Gavine and John Carnochan, Overcoming Domestic Violence Creating a Dialogue Around Vulnerable Populations, Myra F. Taylor, Julie Ann Pooley and Robert S. Taylor (eds) 2014 Nova Scientific Publications.
On Being a Man – Four Scottish Men in Conversation
Sandy Campbell, John Carnochan, Pete Seaman & David Torrance, Edited by Gerry Hassan, 2014 Luath Press.
Interpersonal violence in Scotland: An agenda for prevention
John Carnochan and Damien Williams, Crime Jue and Society In Scotland, Hazel Croall, Gerry Mooney and Mary Munro (eds) 2015 Routle