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Jan 14, 2015

New Chief Officer for L&B CJA

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I am delighted to announce that Fiona Young has agreed to succeed Rob Strachan as Chief Officer of the CJA.


We received a high number of applicants for the role and the standard of application received was extremely high. The process followed was robust and I would like to thank Erica and Andrea for their hard work in supporting the process.


Fiona is to begin her new role on Wednesday 28th January 2015 on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2017 when the CJA will be dis-established. Rob Strachan will leave on 3rd February 2015 to ensure there is a handover period.


Fiona has a wide range of experience in Scotland, England and Canada. Fiona returned to the UK from Canada in 2011 and has undertaken a range of consulting projects as Director of her company, A & F Young Ltd, with justice agencies, local government and third sector organisations including research, evaluation, partnership and project development.


In Canada, Fiona was Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia where she worked on the development of crime reduction policy and strategy. 


Working with multi-disciplinary research teams and colleagues in policing, federal, provincial and local government, health and community organisations, achievements included the development of partnership based community safety strategies, the design and development of prolific offender management pilots in British Columbia, and leading a policing complexity study to improve understanding of police resourcing. Fiona continues to be a member of ICURS.


Prior to working in Canada, Fiona spent over 10 years working for the Home Office in the UK, from 2002 to 2005 as Director, Crime Reduction and Communities in the North East of England, a region with a population of 2.5 million people.  Her responsibilities covered a number of policy areas including crime reduction, drug misuse reduction, strengthening communities and neighbourhood renewal. She oversaw programme investments of around £250 million per annum.  During this time the North East went from being a region with one the highest crime rates to one of the lowest in England.  Prior to this Fiona had responsibility for regional implementation of the UK Drugs Strategy; leading work nationally on the development of a performance framework and the development of a partnership standard. 


Her background and training are varied having worked in the public, private, academic and community sectors.  Prior to joining the Home Office she worked in evaluation research at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England.  She has a Masters degree in Applied Policy Research.


I am sure you will join me in welcoming Fiona to the CJA.


Best wishes,


Cllr Catherine Johnstone,



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