Scottish Violence Reduction Unit


SVRU Office

01786 896785

Press enquiries

Claire Stewart Williams (Mon – Wed) / Karrie Gillett (Wed – Fri)

For urgent enquiries call 07918706545

Please note the press office will respond as quickly as possible but does not

operate a 24 hour service.


01786 896785


Dr Kirsten Russell



Edinburgh, the Lothians, Borders, Forth Valley and Fife

Inspector James Gray


Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway Hub

Inspector Jason Peter

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.

Will Linden

Deputy Director

Telephone: 01786 896796          Email:

Will is one of the original members of the SVRU and has served with the unit since its foundation in 2005. He has been involved in many of the unit’s key projects including the development of the homicide/deaths database, gangs programme CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence), injury surveillance, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), a range of employability/desistance programmes as well as providing much of the research strategy in support of the violence reduction strategy for Scotland. Will specialises in behavioural and geographic analysis of violence and received a number of awards from the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) for his work. Will is a visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde.

Khadija Coll

One Community project lead


Khadija leads the One Community project which engages with Glasgow’s African community. Khadija has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland and Africa for more than 25 years. She is a long time campaigner against FGM and gender based violence. Khadija assisted the Scottish Government with the campaign ‘One Scotland Many Cultures’ and lead the debate to legislate and combat FGM. The One Community Scotland founder was nominated for ‘Scots Woman of the Year’ for her work with FGM and gender rights. Khadija was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 birthday honours for services to diversity and equality.