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.

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.