Who's who


Kate Frame 29Kate Frame, Commissioner

Kate Frame was appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice as the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner for Scotland in June 2014, and took up post on 16 August 2014. 

She joined the organisation from the Crown Office, where she was head of the Criminal Allegations Against the Police Division.

After qualifying as a solicitor Kate joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. She is an experienced Prosecutor who has appeared in Summary and Solemn Courts throughout Scotland and has undertaken specialist roles within the High Court Unit and Fraud and Specialist Services Unit.

Kate also held a number of senior roles within the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, including responsibility as District and Area Procurator Fiscal, Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Head of the Civil Recovery Unit.

John MitchellJohn Mitchell, Director of Operations

John Mitchell was appointed as Director of Investigations at the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland (PCCS) in October 2012 in advance of the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) being established in April 2013. He then assumed the position of Director of Investigations in the PIRC before being appointed as the Director of Operations in September 2016.

A former Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of CID at Strathclyde Police, John was responsible for the strategic overview and operational delivery of investigations into some of the most high profile crimes committed in the Strathclyde Police area.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012.

irene scullion webIrene Scullion, Head of Investigations
Irene Scullion was appointed as the Head of Investigations in February 2013.  Following her graduation from Glasgow University, Irene gained a diploma in social work before pursuing a career in the sector, where she held posts within local authorities and the voluntary sector.

After completing a degree in Criminal Justice Social Work, Irene worked with the Scottish Government in developing a programme to reduce re-offending and assumed responsibility for inspecting social work services.

She is a chair of Disclosure Scotland's Complex Case Advisory Group.  

Ilya ZharovIlya Zharov, Head of Reviews and Policy
Ilya Zharov was appointed as the Head of Reviews and Policy in September 2016.  He is a qualified solicitor who has extensive experience in private legal practice in the Glasgow area. 

His principal area of interest is in Criminal Law, having previously been employed both with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and in Criminal Defence work.

Ilya ZharovLes Common, Head of HR and Corporate Services
Les Common was appointed as the Head of HR and Corporate Services in October 2016.  Following his graduation from Edinburgh University, Les completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration before pursuing a career in HR in both the public and private sectors.

Les previously held senior management positions in local government, Scottish Power and First Group. He has previous experience in the criminal justice sector having previously worked as the HR Director of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service where he was part of the senior management team there.