Our Team

Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland (SOHTIS) was established as a Scottish Charity in 2018.  The charity is led by our Trustees with the support of our experienced
Advisory Committee and Development Manager.

Trustees

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark

Educated at Eton, Balliol College Oxford and the Harvard Business School, USA, Sir Jack served as a Member in the European Parliament for 20 years, being Vice President from 1992-1997.  Prior to this, he was Managing Director of several international companies, was responsible for the establishment of the Scottish Office of Mentor UK and is now the Chairman and Managing Director of Dundas Castle Limited.  Sir Jack is co-founder of Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland with Brigadier Paul Harkness.

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 worked in the voluntary sector for 21 years, following a career in law. In 2008 she opened the Scotland office, from a standing start of, Mentor UK, a leading charity working to prevent alcohol and drug misuse among children and young people, of which Sir Jack Stewart-Clark was a Trustee.  Over the past ten years, as Director, Heather has fostered a strong depth of knowledge and experience around third sector service development, partnership working and statutory service engagement delivering a number of national programmes.  As of the beginning of 2019 she has now taken a more UK wide role and has become Director for the UK.

Development Manager

Joy M Gillespie

Joy has significant strategic and operational experience within the Third Sector both in Scotland and around the world.  She has been a board member of Voluntary Health Scotland, the third sector’s health facing interface with the Scottish Government and been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a variety of third sector organisations and
social enterprises.

Advisory Committee

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

Carol Stevenson, Head of Fundraising, Royal College of Surgeons

Louisa Radcliffe, International Marketing & Communication Consultant

Hazel Watson, Professor Emeritus of Nursing, Glasgow Caledonian University