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Jimmy Paul

Head of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Appointed in September 2023, Jimmy joined the SVRU following a career managing health and social care services, leading in care reform in Scotland, and as director of a charitable organisation working towards creating a wellbeing economy. He is a service designer, executive coach, and has represented Scotland internationally on leadership programmes with the World Economic Forum and the British Council. Jimmy leads the SVRU in its work reducing violence across Scotland using evidence-based solutions. As part of that work, he is committed to ensuring those who have lived experience are at the heart of the mission to make Scotland the safest country to live in.

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Will Linden

Deputy Head of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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.

Ross McCallum

Deputy Head of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Chief Inspector Ross McCallum joined the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in 2023 as Co-deputy Head. Ross works with project leads to ensure the successful delivery of SVRU initiatives. Prior to joining the unit he held responsibility for community engagement and partnership working in Scotland’s central belt. During his fifteen years with the police service Ross has been involved in a wide range of key projects. Prior to joining the police service Ross was employed as a youth worker with South Lanarkshire Council’s Youth Learning Services. In this role he worked alongside young carers and those within the care system. He also performed outreach work with young people in areas of social deprivation.

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Khadija Coll

Founder and Project Lead One Community Scotland

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Khadija leads the award-winning One Community Scotland project which offers support to young people and families who are new to the country. 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 on gender rights and received an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 birthday honours for services to diversity and equality. In 2023 Khadija received an honorary doctorate from Stirling University for her charity and campaigning work.

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01786 896785

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Karrie Gillett (Wed – Fri) – 07341403034

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Niven Rennie


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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.