MEET THE BOARD

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Ross
Jackson

Chair
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Ross is originally from London and moved to Scotland in 1997 to study music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After finishing his Masters and wanting to travel, he worked as long-haul
cabin crew for British Airways for several years. Whilst working for BA, Ross became a panel member for the Children’s Panel. This volunteering led him into joining Strathclyde Police in 2010.
After completing initial training and being awarded the First Minister Prize and Baton of Honour, Ross moved to operational policing in the Partick area of Glasgow. After working in response and community policing, Ross moved to the prevention and interventions arena working in roles of crime prevention and diversity.


Ross currently holds the post of Local Authority Liaison Officer for Glasgow City and works with and is based at Glasgow City Council where he works in partnership with Community Planning partners to address overarching city priorities including inequalities and suicide prevention.

 

As divisional LGBTI Liaison Officer, Ross holds the LGBTI portfolio for the city and regularly engages with LGBTI organisations, chairs the Glasgow LGBTQI Partnership and sits on the Glasgow LGBTI working group.


Ross also sits on the Greater Glasgow Police Ethics Panel.
Although being a member of the then Gay Police Association when he join Strathclyde Police, Ross became Glasgow Co-ordinator for the Scottish LGBTI Police Association in 2018 and after assisting in the organisation of the UK National LGBTI Police Conference at the Scottish Police College, in 2018 was voted onto the Executive Committee as Events Co-ordinator.


When Ross is not at work, he is at home with partner of 15 years and enjoys walking his dog, community work, watching rom coms, The Golden Girls and disaster movies as well as enjoying his
penchant for red wine and gin.

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John 
McNellis
Vice Chair
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John is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) with over eight years’ experience in police finance. 

His current role involves producing the medium and long term financial strategy for Police Scotland and the SPA is a perfect fit for the Association.  With his current role requiring presenting at key governance forums including to SPA Members and working with the Police Scotland Force executive. 

John was previously involved in the Gay Police Association in pas years prior to the re-launch and re-branding. He is familiar with the associations grant funding arrangements with the Scottish Government and where the associations currently spends this income. 

John brings a wealth of financial experience and other skills in relation to governance, reporting as well as leveraging the contacts I have within the Scottish Government and throughout Police Scotland. 

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 Ash
Toner-Maxwell 
Wellbeing
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Ash joined Strathclyde Police in 2011. She has been a response officer in the east end of Glasgow for the majority of her service and is currently based in Easterhouse.

 

Ash is a Stonewall LGBTI Role Model and LGBTI liaison officer. She has a keen interest in the welfare and wellbeing of her LGBTI colleagues.   

 

In her spare time Ash enjoys being in the outdoors with her wife and twin boys

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Robertson
BTP Rep
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Frazer joined British Transport Police (BTP) in 2004 and has predominately worked in a uniform front-line policing role working in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, ensuring those who travel on the rail network do so safely, securely and on time. He is currently based in Stirling and works as a Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant.

In addition to his full-time role, Frazer has worked tirelessly to champion LGBTI inclusion and equality in various capacities. He has worked with The Scottish LGBTI Police Association for a number of years now and currently in the role as Board Chair.

He has held a range of board committee roles with LINK (BTP LGBTI Employee Support Network) to include Membership, Events, Communications Coordinators and Committee Chair.

Outwith policing Frazer was one of the founding members of LEAP Sports Scotland,  which formed in 2012 and has become the leading LGBTI sports equality within Scotland. Some achievements in this role include conceptualising Festival Fortnight and his involvement with Pride House Glasgow 2014.

 

Jenni Stuart
C3
Coordinator
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Jenni joined Lothian and Borders Police in 2006 and worked as a response officer in the City Centre of Edinburgh before moving to the Scottish Parliament Policing Unit.  She has spent the last 8 years in a number of Specialist roles where she worked nationally with different partners to keep our communities safe.  In 2017 she worked with Greater Manchester Police following the arena terrorist attack and witnessed first-hand the tireless efforts of our Police community to obtain justice for the victims and their families. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2019 and currently works within Contact, Command and Control.

 

Jenni has been a member of the Association for a number of years, taken part in a several Stonewall events and workshops and was also an LGBTI role model. She has recently decided to become more actively involved because there is always more work to be done.  She is also a member of the Scottish Women’s Development Forum and an advocate for gender equality.

 

Jenni has an MA (Hons) degree in Archaeology and an MSc in Natural Resource Management both from the University of Edinburgh. She’s a big fan of lifelong learning and enjoys undertaking open studies courses and various projects in her spare time.  Her interests are travel, photography, walking her dog and can usually be found with her wife of 13 years ticking off their list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

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Dale
Muir
MDP Police
Coordinator

Dale has twenty-nine years service with the Ministry of Defence Police, serving for twenty-two years as a Rigid Inflatable Boat Firearms Officer on the Clyde. He carried out a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan as a police advisor to the Afghan National Police in 2011 and, served four years as a shift sergeant at Vulcan Nuclear Reactor Testing Establishment at Thurso on the North coast of Scotland. Currently he is the Senior Police Officer at Defence Munitions Crombie and Caledonia, leading a team of Authorised Firearms Counter Terrorism Officers providing Protection & Reassurance to the defence community in Fife.

 

Dale's involvement as a LGBTI ally within MDP organisation originates from his eldest son who is gay, who “came out” at eighteen years old. Like most people, he was apprehensive and dreaded the moment when he was going to tell his family that he was gay. 

 

Dale became an LGBTI ally in MDP police force to be part of the structure that tries to ensure our staff have the same experiences as his son where no one is interested in your sexuality but only interested in you being a nice person.

Dale's son, Mark has accompanied him on various LGBTI supportive events like Pride and he states he is humbled by the commitment from the police community to show our support and inclusion. Dale is hugely proud that has been his experience while he has been with me and my police colleagues. We have come a long way.

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 Laura Daly
Q Division
Rep
 

Laura joined the police in 2017. Before joining the police, she worked as a sports scientist and injury management therapist for sports teams within the Greater Glasgow area. Laura graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Sports Science from the University of Edinburgh Napier, and has loved working with athletes on their rehabilitation journeys. However, she knew her heart was set on becoming a Police Officer. 

Laura then joined Police Scotland in March 2017, where she began her journey in response policing. Laura joined the LGBTI association as she has a passion for diversity, and wants individuals to feel happy and free by being their authentic selves.

When not at work, Laura enjoys training for her upcoming  marathon, countless boxsets on Netflix and looking after her house bunny Harry!

Laura has just recently reprised her role as Sports Therapist for the British Women's Police Basketball team who will be competing for the European title in April 2020

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Lee McConnachie
D Division
Rep

Lee joined the Police in 2014 and was posted to Aberdeen where he completed his probationary period in a response role. In 2016 he transferred to Dundee and spent the following 3 years working in the Lochee community Policing team linking in with local schools. In 2019 Lee was trained as a hostage and crisis negotiator and  continues to be actively deployed within the unit on a on-call basis. In August 2019 he took over the group coordinator role with the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers in Dundee covering two groups which has been an exciting new challenge with a wide variety of skills gained.

 

Lee expressed an interest in becoming the D division rep to support the association in whatever way he can. He is keen  to encourage people to feel confident, safe, and to be themselves at work without any fear or worry. He also wants to increase the visibility of LGBTI officers and for members of the public, to show that Police Scotland is a diverse organisation and represent the communities that we police and live in.

 

Lee currently lives with his partner of 7 years and their West Highland Terrier, Malfoy. Lee is due to be married in August 2021. When not working, Lee enjoys travel/holidays, meeting new people and a good night out.

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Dave Acheson 
OSD Div Rep
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Haig Kirk 
E Div Rep
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Haig joined Police Scotland in 2015, moving from rural Dumfries and Galloway to Edinburgh where he has worked as a response officer in the North East of the city, and continues in this role presently. Early in his career, he confided in fellow queer officers at his station who played a pivotal role in building his confidence to openly identify as LGBT, both at work and at home. Outside of work he plays competitively in upper grades of pipe bands, having been a bass drummer since the age of 12, and enjoys spending time around nature.

 

Soon after coming out, Haig joined as an LGBT Ally and continues to offer that listening ear and visible role model that was crucial to him at such an important time in his life and career. He then joined the Association in 2020 with the aim of taking an active role in increasing awareness of queer issues and culture, and helping Police Scotland become a comfortable place for all to work.

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Louise
Beale
 General Secretary
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Louise joined West Yorkshire Police in 2006 and worked as a front line officer in North West Leeds, transferring to Lothian and Borders Police in 2012. She was posted to West Lothian and again on operational response. Louise has worked within Safer Communities in both Equality and Diversity and Substance Harm Prevention team Department in Glasgow. She is also a Public Order Medic and is often working football matches in the West of Scotland.

 

Louise joined the LGBTI Police Association in 2016, she was previously the Women’s Coordinator for the Association and the interim General Secretary.

 

Louise juggles a full time career with her partner of 10 years and their 3 children. She is also a Crossfit coach and thoroughly enjoys running in her spare time.

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Claire Duffy 
Comms Coordinator

Prior to joining Police Scotland in 2015, Claire graduated from Paisley University with a BA Hons degree in Computer Animation and Digital art. Claire went on to work in various roles within the creative industry, mainly producing preschool TV programmes for CBeebies and Channel 5. After volunteering for the Commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014 and working closely with the Police, she decided a change of career was long overdue.

 

After the completion of initial training where she was awarded the Baton of Honour, Claire moved into front line policing based in the East End of Glasgow. Claire has previously worked in both community and response policing and is currently seconded to the national Flexible Response Unit where she is involved in public order deployments across the country. 

Although a fairly new member of the association, Claire is passionate about inequality within the LGBT community and is keen to use her previous creative experience to highlight these issues.
In her spare time, Claire trains in Tae Kwon-Do where she has achieved 3rd Dan black belt level, captained the Northern Ireland women's team and won several national and international competitive titles. 

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Jillian 
McKenzie-Kerr
Women's Coordinator
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Jill joined legacy Lothian and Borders Police in 1995 and has worked in a variety of roles including Local Policing/Response, Road Policing, ACR, Firearms Licensing, and now CJSD.

 

She is one of 5 national Custody Review Inspectors and bases herself in Dalkeith. Jill joined the old GPA in 2003 and is a Stonewall Ally.

 

She is also on the Executive Committee of the Scottish Women’s Development Forum. Her new role as Women’s Coordinator will synchronise well with her existing SWDF work.

 

She lives with her wife, two teenage step-children, and 15 year old much loved dog. She and her partner enjoy travelling, going to gigs, socialising and entertaining friends and family.

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Sharon 
Tait
Events
Coordinator

Sharon initially  joined Dumfries and Galloway Police and have worked in a range of roles including operation policing, CID, drugs squad and surveillance.   Sharon was a Probationer Training Sergeant at the Scottish Police College  as well as a Duty officer and initial tactical firearms commander within Dumfries Area Control Room prior to its closure.

 

On being promoted to Inspector she transferred to Operation Support Division  as the training lead for the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Unit before moving to my current National Role as one of 5 Custody review Inspectors based within CJSD

 

My current specialisms are Negotiator Co-ordinator, Counter Terrorist Negotiator, Trauma Incident Manager  and Event Commander

 

She initially joined the GPA Scotland in 2003  and lives with her partner and  4 children.  Sharon keeps active with a variety of hobbies which include looking after their horses, motor biking, gardening, running and cycling.

 

For the past 2 years she has been honoured to be part of the Police Scotland Chapter who took part in the Care of Police Survivors charity cycle to the Nation Arboretum in Staffordshire, riding in memory of those who died.

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Michelle Maya 
CNC
Coordinator

Michelle joined the CNC in 2005 and since then has worked at various sites across the UK protecting nuclear sites in a front line armed policing role.  She has been based at Sellafield, the UK’s largest and most complex civil nuclear facility as an Inspector since 2015.

 

Michelle has represented CNC with the association since 2009, taking part in Pride events, Stonewall events and Conferences over the years. 

When not working Michelle enjoys time at home with her partner, walking their dog, keeping fit in the gym, cycling and hill walking.

Pete Dunlop 
Parents
Coordinator
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Pete joined Strathclyde police in 2011 and started off as a community officer in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. He transferred to Forth Valley Division in 2014 after the adoption his first son with his husband. Pete was a response officer for 4 years then moved to community policing team in Larbert after returning form adoption leave with their second son in 2018.  

Pete joined the association in 2019 and is keen to help progress the association and looks forward to embracing his role as the Parents coordinator.   When Pete is not at work he is often outdoors with his husband, kids and two dogs on family adventures. Pete also enjoys going to the gym and anything superhero related.

Samantha
Harlow-McGinnis
Membership
Coordinator
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 Gav Nicol
P Division
Rep
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Before joining Police Scotland, Gav was a practicing community educator, graduating from the University of Dundee with a BA in Community Education. He demonstrated the skills required to be a good community worker through a range of placements with charity and third sector organisations, frequently with young people, community groups and vulnerable adults. Gav feels passionate about empowering individuals to flourish and to reach their maximum potential, providing the tools for them and breaking down barriers.

Gav wishes to be on the board as he has a passion for equality and diversity, he wants to be part of a growing staff organisation and to do 'his bit' to improve and guide the association to a new level. Bringing a significant amount of experience to the team, having previously volunteered as a 'Health Promotion Officer' for a national sexual health charity. With he role including outreach work, community engagement and individual support for gay and bisexual men. 

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Roxana Sezavar
A Division 
Rep

Roxana has been with Police Scotland for just over 5 months and fell into the Association by ‘semi-accident. After signing up and receiving her association pin and lanyard she made contact to find out more info on what sort of activities were happening as well as opportunities for the North of the country. Having heard more about plans for the future and options for more involvement Roxana signed up to be the A division rep.

She is very keen to help in any way she can, she is keen on meeting people who are similar in relation to her sexuality as it’s a part of her identity which she hasn’t really focused too much on compared to other parts of her identity. She is passionate about people being able to be comfortable in being themselves regardless of their sexuality. Roxana is excited to see what can be achieved in the North of the country and is delighted to be the A division rep.

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Mark Douglass 
Social Media

Mark joined Grampian Police as a Special Constable in 2004 and went on to join as a Police Constable in 2007. Most of his career has been as a response officer in A Division in various offices. During his service, Mark had enjoyed a number of placements. His favourite being at the Air Support Unit.

 

Mark had been a Federation representative on the North committee for a number of years as well as being part of the conduct committee. During this time, a large part of the role was supporting colleagues, being a good ally and addressing issues around diversity. Mark also sits on the North Ethics committee.


Mark is a serious sci-fi geek especially if it is Star Wars related.
In his spare time, he climbs hills, tastes whisky, as well as spending time with his wife, 3 kids, extended family and friends. He also has a cat called Chewie who likes to pop up on Social Media, and a dog called Missy. Part time Avenger.

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Ciaran Sinclair 
U Div Rep
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Ciaran joined Police Scotland in 2016 and since then has been a response police officer in Ayrshire. Before joining the police, Ciaran worked as a mortgage administrator in Glasgow. As well as policing, Ciaran is a bagpiper with over 18 years experience and plays with Glasgow Police Pipe Band.

 

Being part of the LGBTI community, Ciaran expressed an interest in joining the LGBTI Police Association as the U division rep in order to expand the help, support and build up relationships within the police and Ayrshire community in order to make people feel more welcomed, confident and happy with themselves both at work and outside of work. 

 

Police Scotland is a diverse organisation and Ciaran wants to be able to help other LGBTI officers feel safe at work and to encourage them to be part of the association.

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Kevin Carter 
K Div Rep
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Kevin joined Strathclyde Police in 2005 and was posted to K division, Renfrewshire & Inverclyde, at Paisley Police office within response. He has worked in a number of uniformed and plain clothes departments throughout his service with most time served within Community Policing, a particularly enjoyable role for him. Kevin is currently a Community Policing Sergeant based at Ferguslie Park Police office, covering the Paisley area following time spent in Renfrew as a response sergeant.

In his spare time, Kevin lives at home with his fiancé Liam and their 2 pets, a dog and a cat. Kevin is a football fan, enjoys exercising, getting outdoors and going on holidays. He has a geeky side and has a keen interest in all things World War 2 and local history.

Kevin joined the GPA Scotland and then became a member of the Scottish LGBTI Association upon the rebranding of the Association.

Kevin is keen to get involved and share his own experiences in being reluctant to be open about himself and the process of coming out with the hope of helping others in their journey. Kevin is extremely keen to increase the visibility of the Association within his division and encourage officers and staff to be open and feel safe being themselves.