Meet the team – Scotland

Executive Board


ACC Gary Ritchie, Police Scotland

As strategic lead for the Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing portfolio (reporting to DCC Local Policing), ACC Ritchie has responsibility for developing new approaches to working with other Scottish public services to achieve better outcomes for communities.

Before taking up his current post ACC Ritchie had also been working in the Operational Change and Resilience portfolio since late 2018, having been seconded from his role as Local Policing Commander at Dumfries and Galloway Division.

He had been promoted to Chief Superintendent at Dumfries and Galloway in 2016, having previously been a support superintendent in Edinburgh.

On inception of Police Scotland, Chief Superintendent Ritchie led the Local Policing Development and Support team as both a temporary and substantive Superintendent from 2013 to 2015.

He joined Strathclyde service in 1991 initially in Irvine and had various uniform and corporate support roles in North Ayrshire and Glasgow, latterly as Area Commander in North Ayrshire from 2010.

Russel Kerr

Managing Director, SecuriGroup

A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Russel Kerr joined the board of SecuriGroup in 2001 before his appointment as Managing Director in 2003. His role at SecuriGroup involves oversight of statutory compliance and corporate risk, IT and communications.

Russel is a member of the Security Institute, and is an Executive Committee Member, as well as Regional Chair of the British Security Industry Association. He continues to support best industry practice by working closely with the sector’s Home Office Regulator, having held a number of positions including the Security Industry Authority’s Strategic Consultation Group and Quality Standards Committee.

Project Manager:

Emma Sellar

Communications Manager, SecuriGroup

A Masters graduate in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, Emma joined SecuriGroup in 2016 and leads the Communications Team in driving business development, and managing the organisation’s internal and external communications. Emma’s role as Project Manager at CSSC Scotland includes oversight of the Hub’s activities and workstreams. This included assisting Police Scotland by facilitating a series of daily breakfast briefings on the lead up to and throughout the UN Climate Conference, COP 26.

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Emma Russell

Emergency Response  & Security Manager, INEOS

Emma has worked within the Petrochemical sector for over 25 years, having primarily focused on emergency management and then moving into her current role as the Emergency Response & Security Manager for INEOS Olefins & Polymers based in Grangemouth. Her role covers the INEOS Chemical and Petroineos Refining businesses and their associated sites in Scotland and the North of England. She is responsible for ensuring all legal, Government and INEOS Group requirements pertaining to site security and access control are appropriately identified, defined, and implemented.

Emma also manages a critical team of Industrial Emergency Responders who provide a multitude of services to top-tier COMAH sites.

Rob Mason

Senior Commercial Manager, Forth Ports Operations

Rob has been the Senior Commercial Manager and Head of Security for Forth Ports Scottish Operations for over 12 years. He is responsible for managing and implementing security solutions across 7 ports and 2 statutory harbour authority areas, which support a diverse range of market sectors, involving everything from containerised cargos to passengers. Rob ensures compliance with strict government counter terrorist guidelines, security of supply chains, operational and reputation risk mitigation and ensuring business continuity in the event of security incidents through contingency and operational planning.

Rob is a qualified chartered Surveyor and Port Facility Security Officer, holding the posts of Chair and Port Security Officer for two Port Security Authorities, with extensive experience engaging across key stakeholder and working groups including local and national government organisations, UK Law Enforcement Agencies, and private sector businesses.

Sonia Kumar

Global Head of Cyber Defence, Element Materials Technology

Sonia Kumar has worked in the security domain for 23 years. She took up a key leadership role in May 23 as Global Head of Cyber Defence for Element Materials Technology. Her mission is to build and lead a global 24/7 cyber defence capability. Before that, Sonia was responsible for Cyber Security Incident management across Vodafone where she was for six years. She led a global team of incident responders to provide a fast response and efficient remediation against cyber-attacks and security events.

Sonia is passionate about security and keeping people safe. She enjoys coaching colleagues, engaging with future talent and generally supporting people in their career development. Sonia spent sixteen years in different roles within HMG Intelligence and Security departments. She was responsible for maintaining national security interests, and was pivotal to maintaining public safety and security during the London 2012 Olympics.

Stewart Hughes

Head of Group Security, SSE

Stewart holds the position of Head of Group Security & Investigations at SSE, a role that is responsible for the safety and security of staff, operational assets and investigations along with the running of the company whistleblowing register. He also Chairs an Industry Security Group with broad and varied security responsibilities.

Following a degree at Heriot Watt University, he joined Fife Constabulary. Several roles and 8 years later, an opportunity to lead the fraud team at Morgan Stanley’s credit card division presented itself where he progressed to Senior Manager, and after a further 5 years, he joined Scottish and Southern Energy taking up the position of Deputy Head of Asset Protection.

Stewart has a firm commitment to ensuring that his organisation has a unique approach to Whistleblowing investigations and protections and is a regular speaker at such events.

Johanna Buchanan

Customer Security Business Manager, NatWest Group

Johanna is a Security Business Manager at NatWest Group, with over 15 years of experience in Security and Fraud roles within the bank. She has expertise in security strategy, fraud prevention and information security.

Seconded from NatWest, Johanna managed the creation of CSSC Scotland in 2013-2014 ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  She worked closely with public and private sector partners to help keep businesses informed and safe ahead of and during the Games.

Johanna holds an MA in International Business and Languages from Heriot-Watt University and a Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention.

Ciaran Pugh

Threat Intelligence, NatWest Group

Ciaran is a security professional specialising in Global Physical Security Threat Intelligence at NatWest Group. He has expertise in threat intelligence monitoring and assessment pertaining to physical crime occurring at retail estates, country security and terrorism, protest and campaign activity, infectious disease and travel security.

Ciaran founded the Scottish Intelligence Sharing Forum in 2017 with its sole purpose of bringing together Scottish-based security professionals to discuss and share intelligence. This became a huge success with the SISF now hosting c.40 security professionals across 30 different organisations, and received recognition from organisations across the world as well as Police Scotland for the work carried out alongside CSSC for COP26.

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