About Us

Expert Advisors

Hamish Brown MBE

Hamish retired in 2004 as a Detective Inspector on the Specialist Crime Directorate at New Scotland Yard after over thirty years’ service with the Metropolitan Police. Although he has a thorough investigative background, especially regarding rape, murder and contract killing, he went on to specialise in the crime of stalking.

He is a leading authority in this field and of international standing where lectures to diverse audiences around the world. His work on stalking was acknowledged by HM the Queen with the award of the MBE. Hamish is the author of the Home Office publication Stalking and harassment, an investigators guide which was distributed to countries globally and had to be reprinted to meet demand. He further created the Metropolitan Police advice literature Stalking and harassment, a guide to minimising the risk to children.

In retirement Hamish undertakes varied temporary work within the criminal justice system and can also be often seen and heard on TV and radio giving an expert view on topical crime matters.

Ann Galbraith

Ann is a journalist and former Editor of the Ayr Advertiser Series. When she retired from the newspaper, she successfully stood for South Ayrshire Council in the 2007 elections and was a Councillor for Maybole, Coylton and North Carrick for 10 years. While a councillor, she chaired the Multi Agency Partnership which tackled violence against women and children. She also became a board member of South Ayrshire Women`s Aid, a position she still holds. It was during her time as a councillor when she first met Ann Moulds and became involved in her campaign to have the law changed to have stalking recognised as a crime - a campaign that has been highly successful and internationally recognised. She is also still a member of the Scotland National Stalking Group.

Professor Paul Martin CBE DUniv MBA DMS

Professor Martin is the Independent Chair for Child Protection and Adult Protection in South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership in. In this role Professor Martin the quality, progress and improvement plans for these important services.

Professor Martin has extensive executive level leadership and operational management experience in Higher education, the Civil Service and the National Health service. He had has led organisational strategy, performance management, professional policy and practice, improvement planning and people services. He has also successfully led major organisational transformation programmes and capital developments.

Professor Martin is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor (NMC registrations lapsed 2018).

Paul was awarded the Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to healthcare and education in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

Det Mike Proctor

A thirty-three year veteran of the Westminster Police Department, Detective Proctor is a recognized expert and pioneer in the investigation and threat assessment of stalkers.  He has worked and consulted on numerous stalking cases in the United States and abroad.  In 2003, he received the Defender of Justice Award on his continued work in the area of stalking. In 2011, he was appointed to the National Stalking Academy sponsored by the Home Secretaries Office, in the United Kingdom. He has assisted states in changing their stalking laws as well as helped countries in the development of their legislation.  He regularly teaches and conducts training seminars both in the United States and most recently abroad.  He is regularly called upon by media to consult on projects along with conducting interviews for radio, television and the print media. www.detectivemikeproctor.com

Niven Rennie

Formerly a trustee of Action Against Stalking, Niven is now Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.  Niven retired as Chief Superintendent in 2016 from Police Scotland where he simultaneously held the positions of President for the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and the Chair of the West of Scotland branch of this association.

Niven served as Deputy Divisional Commander for Renfrew, Inverclyde and Glasgow City Centre. A highly experienced and motivated, Senior Manager, he has been at the forefront of the high-profile management of change, representing the views of the major decision-makers at the Police Service of Scotland. Throughout his career, he has held other key-ranking positions responsible for the development and implementation of high-profile issues related to all areas of policing policy, procedure and practice. As well as serving on the Board of AAS, Niven is currently the CEO of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness.

Rev Graham Sawyer

The Reverend Graham Sawyer is an Anglican clergyman currently working in the Church of England as a parish priest. In the past he has also been a Child Protection worker in Australia and held chaplaincy positions in New Zealand, Australia and Wales covering sexual health, workplace support, tertiary education and the arts. Before ordination Graham was a school teacher, a newsreader on the BBC World Service in London, a board member of the National Press Club of New Zealand and also worked in UK and European politics. He has long been a public advocate for those adversely affected by sexual abuse and also by stalking having endured the challenges of being the unwanted object of both crimes. Graham is also a Quaker (The Religious Society of Friends).