Governance

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

Trustees

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.

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.

Amanda Snashall
Amanda spent 30 Years within a career in law enforcement in England. During which time she specialised in a wide spectrum of detective roles and environments targeting all aspects of criminality. She was one of the founding team members of Discovery, a pioneering multi organisational initiative involving statutory and non-statutory bodies specifically targeting modern slavery and human trafficking. ln 2020 Amanda retired and moved to Scotland where she became actively involved in voluntary support work with a remaining passion for supporting the victims of crime, with a specific dedication for all of those affected by modern slavery and human trafficking.

Sheena Lahive
Sheena is a Broadcast TV Producer with over 12 years experience making topical, current affairs and consumer programming for the BBC and Channel 4. The programmes she has produced discuss issues including the Rights of Refugees, International Aid, Domestic Violence Laws and Modern Slavery. In 2020 she graduated with an LLM in Human Rights Law from Strathclyde University. Her final research document examined the current support available for migrant survivors of trafficking and exploitation across the UK.

Dr. Linda Jones
Linda trained originally as a social worker then systemic family therapist specialising in child protection before becoming a national advisor for the Central Council for Education and training in Social Work (CCETSW). Now she is an academic, having led the communication skills programme at Imperial Medical school, she currently leads Masters’ level modules in research, educational support and resilience and self-directed learning at the Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has recently been awarded the ASME/ GMC excellence in Medical Education Award and her research interests include the emotional dimensions of learning, creative pedagogies and cultural aspects of international education.

Sarah Stanger
Sarah has 30 years in Sales & Marketing within the residential property industry in Scotland, including a total of sixteen years at Board level.  For five years she has been a self employed consultant as well as Senior Advisor with Housing Growth Partnership and a social impact investor supporting SME developers across the UK. She has formerly held Trustee positions with Bethany Christian Trust and Alpha Scotland and a Vestry member at St Mungos Church, Edinburgh.

 

Advisory Committee
We are grateful to a group of experienced Advisors who provide us with pro bono advice across a wide range of issues including those below who have signficant experience in anti-human trafficking work.

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark, Co-founder of SOHTIS and Chairman & Managing Director, Dundas Castle Limited
Major Kathy Betteridge, Director, Anti-Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery, Salvation Army, UK
Dr. Paul Rigby, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling
Rory Hamilton, Former Head of the National Human Trafficking Unit at
Police Scotland