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.

John McSporranJohn McSporran, Head of Investigations
John McSporran was appointed as Head of Investigations in March 2017. He joined the organisation in December 2012 as a senior investigator prior to its inception to PIRC on 1 April 2013. 

Before joining PIRC, John was a Detective Superintendent in charge of the Major Investigations Teams at Strathclyde Police, leading murder and other major enquiries, and a Detective Superintendent in charge of Special Operations, investigating terrorist and organised crime.

He also spent a period of time seconded to the Department for International Development and was posted to West Africa as a Special Advisor to assist the development of Sierra Leone following the civil war there.

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.

Sharon Smitt 1Sharon Smit, Head of HR and Corporate Services
Sharon Smit was appointed as the Head of HR and Corporate Services in June 2017. She gained her first degree in Hospitality Management after graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University before going on to work in the sector both internationally and in the UK.

Sharon moved into HR while living in the Netherlands and graduated with an MSc in Human Resources Development from the University of Twente in 2006. She has worked in a variety of HR positions and joins the PIRC from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) where she was an HR Business Partner.