Gemma leads on the coordination and delivery of the COVID-19 recovery programme for community justice as part of the Scottish Governments Recover, Renew and Transform agenda for the justice system. She also provides expert knowledge and advice in restorative justice and leads on the delivery of accessible restorative justice across Scotland by 2023.
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.