Gemma heads the Restorative Justice (RJ) National Team with responsibility for delivery of outcomes within the Restorative Justice Action Plan. This includes the design, testing and scoping of an RJ delivery model for Scotland, the delivery of RJ policy and improved knowledge of RJ across stakeholders and communities. She is also seeking to improve use of restorative principles and practices across the justice system as a trauma-responsive intervention for those who have experienced harm.
Gemma has a Law and Management Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Leadership in Complex Environments. She worked for the Procurator Fiscal as a Fiscal Officer and then spent 11 years with Police Scotland performing a number of roles including as a crime analyst, analyst trainer at the SPC in producing and delivering strategic assessments and latterly, as the Senior Partnership Analyst for Fife Community Safety Partnership. She then became more involved in strategic policy and the delivery of community planning in Fife, followed by taking up position as Community Justice Coordinator for Fife.
Gemma has been with Community Justice Scotland since March 2017 first as an Improvement Lead, developing and supporting local practice improvement in all areas of the justice process and for everyone who comes in contact with that. She continues to utilise and lead in these skills in her current role as The Senior Reporting Officer for Recover, Renew and Transform: Community Justice from March 2020. She holds particular interests in children and young people in conflict with the law, social justice, restorative justice and community safety.