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Karyn McCluskey

Chief Executive

Karyn McCluskey

Karyn's role

Karyn McCluskey is Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland, whose aim is to drive progress in the field of community justice. Community Justice Scotland works hard to create better outcomes for those who have broken the law, their families and victims of crime. She provides leadership in a highly complex sector that covers multiple professionals and organisations.

Karyn writes a fortnightly column for The Scotsman – browse this here.


Karyn trained as a nurse, and then in psychology. She spent 21 years working with the police and helped establish the Violence Reduction Unit in 2003 with a public health approach to preventing violence. She is a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and helped set up the Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, which speaks to school children about violence reduction, injury and keeping safe.

She has also previously developed a plan to tackle violence for the Metropolitan Police and has published work on armed robbery teams, alcohol and violence interventions in a clinical setting and violence reduction. In addition, Karyn is a Non-Executive Director at the Scottish Professional Football League, a board member of Simon Community Scotland, a trustee of Medics Against Violence and Chair of the Centre for Justice Innovation.

Recently published articles

The Scotsman: Scotland’s prisons are a human rights disaster in the making that early release of inmates won’t fix

The Scotsman: How deepfake CCTV could put someone at the scene of a crime...or remove them

BBC Alba: Eòrpa 'Beyond Bars'