Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group

What is the Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group?

The Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group was established in 2015.  It is a group including experts in prisons, human rights and related fields, Independent Prison Monitors, Prison Monitoring Coordinators and HM Inspector of Prisons for Scotland.

Current members of the Advisory Group 

Sheriff Kathrine Mackie is the independent Chair of the group.

Members as specified in the Order

Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Stephen Sandham, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons

Chris Johnston, Regional Prison Monitoring Coordinator 

Chris Collins, Regional Prison Monitoring Coordinator 

Ewan Mackenzie, Regional Prison Monitoring Coordinator

Vicky Dunlop, Regional Prison Monitoring Coordinator

Independent Prison Monitors

The following people bring their experience and expertise as IPMs, as well as their personal / professional experience, to the group. They also represent the interests of all IPMs in Scotland: 

Sarah Cox, IPM

Mark Hamid, IPM

Tina Harris, IPM

Gillian Long, IPM

Margaret Roberts, IPM

Additional members:

Catriona Dalrymple (Deputy Director of Community Justice, Scottish Government)

Jim Farish (Scottish Human Rights Commission)

Jim Murdoch (Professor, Glasgow University) 

What is the group’s remit?

The role of the Advisory Group is set out in the Public Services Reform (Inspection and Monitoring of Prisons) (Scotland) Order 2014, which specifies that HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland must establish a Prison Monitoring Advisory Group.

The Group ensures the continued independence of Independent Prison Monitors and supports the development and improvement of prison monitoring in Scotland. Its key functions are to:

  • Keep the effectiveness of prison monitoring under review;
  • Contribute to and review the guidance for prison monitoring;
  • Review training for Independent Prison Monitors; and
  • Make recommendations for improvement.

How often does the group meet?

The group meets on a quarterly basis. 

Getting in touch

If you would like to find out more about the Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group, please contact HM Inspectorate of Prisons on 0131 244 1844 or email

You can also write to the Advisory Group at this address:

Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group
HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland
Y1 Spur, Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD