Meet Our Team

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland

Derek Penman, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland
Derek Penman QPM

Derek was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland in January 2014. This is an independent appointment under Royal Warrant and confers wide ranging powers to look into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

He joined Central Scotland Police as a cadet in 1982 before becoming a Constable in 1984. Following postings in both uniform and CID, he attended the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1993 with an honours degree in law.

Through promotions within Central Scotland Police, Derek has held a variety of operational and corporate posts, including secondments to both the Scottish Police College and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent within Central Scotland Police in February 2007 with responsibility for territorial policing, crime management and community safety. In December of the same year he was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, with responsibility for all aspects of operational policing and performance.

Derek completed the Strategic Command Course in February 2008 and in June of the same year was appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Crime and Specialist Operations, with Grampian Police. He led on the force priorities of national security, serious organised crime, public protection and road casualty reduction. His portfolio also included energy and protective security for the North Sea and Royalty protection.

In January 2011, Derek returned to Central Scotland Police as Deputy Chief Constable and in November of the same year, he was appointed Temporary Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police. In January 2013, following the transition from eight Forces into a single Force, he was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing North for Police Scotland.

He was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours.

Derek is also a Member of the Institute of Directors and is the Honorary Colonel of Angus and Dundee Battalion of the Army Cadet Force.

Assistant HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland

Gill Imery QPM

Gillian Imery joined Lothian & Borders Police in 1986, and served in a variety of uniform and detective officer posts in both city and county divisions, and in departments such as Complaints and Professional Standards, and Executive Support.

In 2004, she was promoted to Detective Superintendent and took up post as National Drugs Co-ordinator with the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.

In 2007, she became Head of Complaints and Conduct for Lothian & Borders Police. She was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2008, taking on the role of Head of Safer Communities Division, responsible for the move towards a more prevention based, problem-solving approach to all areas of policing.

In 2010, she became the first female commander of the city of Edinburgh, then the largest division in the UK outside of London. She moved to Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of CID for Lothian & Borders Police before the transition to Police Scotland in 2013.  She served the new national force as Detective Chief Superintendent for local crime across the country and all public protection areas of business.

In February 2014, Chief Superintendent Imery took on the role of divisional commander for J division, in charge of over 900 officers, and covering the areas of West, Mid and East Lothian, and the Scottish Borders, approximately 2400 square miles.

In April 2016, she was appointed as Assistant Inspector of Constabulary at HM Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).

She was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the 2017 Queens Birthday Honours.

Lead Inspectors

Stephen Whitelock
Stephen Whitelock

Stephen Whitelock took up post on 1 May 2013 having retired as Deputy Director General, Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Having completed over 34 years police service he served in every rank in the CID and as a Senior Investigating Officer has extensive operational experience in the investigation and detection of serious and organised crime both at a reactive and proactive intelligence led level.

His inspection and liaison duties in respect of the Police Service of Scotland will be aligned to those of the Deputy Chief Constable Crime and Operational Support and the Assistant Chief Constables Specialist Crime Division.

Laura Paton
Laura Paton

Laura Paton has a background in human rights law with a particular focus on the treatment and conditions of those deprived of their liberty and the rights of children and young people. Most recently, Laura worked with HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) in England and Wales providing policy and human rights advice on the independent inspection of prisons and other forms of custody. This included advising on the joint inspection of police custody in England and Wales by HMIP and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and developing a framework for the inspection of military detention facilities in Afghanistan. Laura was also the coordinator of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), a group of 18 organisations tasked under international law with monitoring all places of detention. Laura regularly advised governments and NPMs around the world on independent inspection of detention. Previously, Laura worked for Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and children’s voluntary sector organisations and was editor of Childright, a journal of law and policy affecting children and their families. Her Inspection duties are aligned to the geographical area covered by ACC West.

Tina Yule

Tina Yule previously was a senior local government officer most recently the Head of Corporate Business Change and IT with Perth and Kinross Council with responsibility for strategic planning, community planning, transformation, IT and performance management.  She has also had strategic responsibility for internal audit, organisational development, equalities, school building programme and education business support.  Tina was seconded to Audit Scotland as Local Government Improvement Advisor to lead the development of Best Value in Police and Fire and support Best Value 2.  She has also previously worked with the Scottish Executive as part of the 21st Century Government Unit and has extensive experience as a senior IT and programme manager.  She has also worked in business management in a Joint Futures organisation, with the Police and in the private sector.  Tina is also a Scottish Government gateway reviewer with ten years experience of reviewing major public sector programmes.

Her inspection duties are aligned to the portfolio held by the DCC Designate and she also has inspection duties for the Scottish Police Authority.


Support Inspector

Katie Chisholm

Katie Chisholm joined Tayside Police in 1992 and was initially posted to Angus before moving to Dundee City in 1994 where she was a uniform constable in Lochee.

Between 1997 and 2000 she was a Detective Constable within the Family Protection Unit and following promotion to Sergeant in 2001 she worked as a Section, Community and Custody Sergeant prior to moving to Executive Support.

In 2004 she was promoted to Inspector and moved to HQ Crime Management Policy prior to taking a two year career break to undertake a Batchelor of Laws Degree. On her return to the Force, she was a response and community Inspector in Dundee before moving to Emergency Planning in 2011.

On the creation of Police Scotland she became part of Emergency, Events and Resilience Planning within Operational Support Division and during this period was involved in the planning and delivery of several major events including the Olympic Torch Relay, Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay, the Ryder Cup and T in the Park, working closely with local and national resilience partners.

In February 2016 she commenced an 18 month secondment to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS).

Research and Inspection Support

Joanna Drapper

Joanna Drapper fulfils the rules of; Inspection Support, Researcher, Publication management, Website & Media Communications and Freedom of Information (FOI) management.

Staff Officer

Dennis Hunter

Dennis Hunter is seconded from Police Scotland. He is Staff Officer to HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland and is responsible for managing the Staff Office. He is also the media communications officer and deals with all press enquiries.

Dennis joined HMICS in November 2014.

Staff Office

Susan Archibald
Susan Archibald

Susan Archibald fulfils the dual role of PA to Mr Penman, HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, and office manager.

Susan Campbell Duncan
Susan Campbell Duncan MBE

Susan Campbell Duncan fulfils the role of PA to the Assistant Inspectors of Constabulary.

She was awarded an MBE in the June 2014 Queens Birthday Honours.


Associate Inspectors

Associate Inspectors

In 2012, HMICS recruited a number of ‘Associate Inspectors’.  The idea behind the associates programme was to afford HMICS additional capacity to deal with un-programmed inspection activity and to draw on a wide range of professional business skills to bring new perspectives to our work.