SOHTIS is led by an experienced and multi-disciplinary Board of Trustees who are provided with additional support and guidance from our Advisory Committee.


Paul Harkness MBE MTheol MA

Paul enjoyed a distinguished Army career, which included commanding the 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland in 2012, and commanding The Royal Highland Fusiliers in 2005.  During his 29 years in the Army, he spent seven of them deployed on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

On retiring Paul established Hawk Consultancy, providing strategic planning and change management advice to governments, both in the UK and overseas.  He writes for think tanks and has several published works.  He co-founded Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland with Sir Jack Stewart-Clark in 2017.

Penny Loudon

Penny Loudon has an Arts degree from the Open University and a Law degree from the University of Edinburgh. For 25 years she led a nomadic life accompanying her husband on postings at home and abroad; despite living in thirteen homes she managed to work in welfare advice, teaching English as a foreign language and in various administrative roles at academic and scientific institutions. Since then she has practiced law as a commercial property solicitor at Morton Fraser in Edinburgh and at St Andrews University. In recent years she has been a Vice President of SSAFA, served on the development boards of the Prince’s Trust in Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland and is a Trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial.

Heather McVeigh

Heather has significant strategic, business and operational experience within the public, private and third Sectors across the UK. Having started her career in the legal sector Heather transferred to the voluntary sector, fostering strong relationships with Scottish and UK Governments. Here she has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a variety charitable organisations leading on policy, change management, partnership working and statutory service engagement. Now a CEO of the Officers Association Scotland, Heather is leading the support for ex-military officers and their families across Scotland.

Carol Stevenson

Carol is Head of Fundraising, Royal College of Surgeons in England her role includes responsibility for fundraising plans to support audacious College transformation and supporting the fundraising team.  Carol’s specialities are: major gifts/donors, relationship and rapport building, successful and creative bid writing, imaginative, big picture fundraising solutions, campaign strategy, budget planning and team leadership.

Advisory Committee

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark, Co-founder of SOHTIS and Chairman & Managing Director, Dundas Castle Limited

Eric W Robertson, Advocate

Mark Laing, Chairman, Nairns Oatcakes Limited

Major Kathy Betteridge, Director, Anti-Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery, Salvation Army, UK

Guy Bainbridge, former Board member of KPMG UK and Europe

Bob Brannan, Chairman, Walkers Shortbread Limited

Dr. Paul Rigby, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling

Rory Hamilton, Former Head of the National Human Trafficking Unit at
Police Scotland

Christian Melville, Partner, Ennova Law, Edinburgh

Louisa Radcliffe, International Marketing & Communication Consultant

Hazel Watson, Professor Emeritus of Nursing, Glasgow Caledonian University