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Catherine Dyer CBE


Catherine Dyer CBE

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Catherine Dyer CBE is a lawyer with extensive experience of public sector delivery and leadership and was the first woman to be appointed as Crown Agent for Scotland acting as Chief Executive of the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Scotland’s sole public prosecuting authority.

She was a founding member of the Justice Board for Scotland, has acted as Diversity Champion for Scottish Government and was Chair of the Public Sector Employers’ Diversity Network. She was elected as a Director of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) in 2010 and was also an inaugural member of the Scottish Sentencing Council. Following her retirement in 2016, Scottish Ministers appointed her as Independent Chair of a Review of Child Protection Systems and announced acceptance of all the recommendations of her Report in March 2017.


As a member of Lord Bracadale’s Reference Group she assisted his Independent Review of Hate Crime legislation in Scotland which reported in May 2018 and, having been appointed Independent Chair of the Expert Group on Preventing Sexual Offending Involving Children and Young People in November 2017, she issued her report in January 2020.

Catherine has been Chair of the Audit and Accountability Committee supporting the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) since January 2019.She is an ad hoc non – executive of Redress Scotland and a member of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee there.

This appointment will be for three years and will run from the 1st January 2022 until the 31st December 2024.

Read Catherine’s Register of Interests here.

Recently published articles

A new kind of justice: Former prosecutor Catherine Dyer on the need to break the cycle of crime