Scottish Human Rights Commission: new part-time members appointed


Two new part-time members of the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) are to be appointed following an open recruitment competition, it has been announced.

Dr Anna Black and Dr Jacqueline Kinghan will replace outgoing commission members, Susan Kemp and Dr Alan Mitchell, who demit office on 30 April 2021.

The role of the SHRC is to promote widespread awareness, understanding of, and respect for human rights. 

Part-time members must be able to spend 30 days per year on commission business.  The daily fee rate is £272.04.  Both appointments are for a fixed term of six years.      

The appointments are made by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) whose members also formed the selection panel.

Biographical information on the new commission members

Dr Anna Black

Dr Anna Black is a General Medical Practitioner in Glasgow, working in various practices in the city, the Youth Health Service and St Vincent’s Hospice. She has a keen interest in health and socioeconomic inequalities, particularly in regard to women, vulnerable groups, ethnic communities and young people. Dr Black is currently completing her PhD in Public Health at the University of Glasgow which has explored how women who are asylum seekers or refugees access primary healthcare in Glasgow. She also teaches on this subject regularly. In addition to her clinical and academic roles she is a non-executive director of Public Health Scotland, a trustee of the Govan Community Project and on the leadership group of the Scottish branch of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission. Dr Black has also been matched as an MCR Mentor for a care experienced young person.

Dr Jacqueline Kinghan

Dr Jacqueline Kinghan is a human rights lawyer and academic with expertise in access to justice and human rights. She completed an undergraduate law degree at Edinburgh Law School and an LLM in human rights at Harvard Law School before training as a barrister in London. During her time in London, she worked for a Scottish judge at the House of Lords and UK Supreme Court and was later the founding Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice. She is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Social Justice at Newcastle Law School where she co-convenes the Forum for Social Justice and Human Rights and leads the Community Social Justice programme. Based in Scotland, Jacqueline works with charities and NGOs on projects including the collaborative delivery of legal advice, strategic litigation and evaluating the impact of legal tools to create social change.

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