David McKenna, the Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland, has been appointed President of Victim Support Europe.
He was elected unopposed today (Saturday, May 29, 2010) at the Annual General Meeting which followed the 24th annual Conference of Victim Support Europe in Berlin, Germany.
David had been the Secretary of Victim Support Europe for five years and has been associated with European victim issues since 1994.
He is a member of the World Society for Victimology and has worked in the victims’ arena for nearly 25 years. He is committed to the availability of consistent, quality services to people affected by crime throughout Europe.
David said: “I consider my appointment an honour, both for myself and for Victim Support Scotland where everyone has worked so hard to establish what is recognised as the best victim support service in Europe. There is much work to be done in Europe to ensure that victims of crime can expect similar standards of treatment in all of the 28 member states.”
Briefing note: David McKenna became Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland in 2001. Prior to that he held the post of Director of Operations for seven years.
David has been involved since the mid-1980s in the development of quality services to victims of crime across Scotland.
He is a member of the Scottish Government Advisory Board on Offender Management and previously served on the Sentencing Commission for Scotland and the Review of Summary Justice.
Victim Support Scotland, now in its 25th year, is a registered charity which provides help to all victims and witnesses of crime. Last year VSS dealt with 86,000 Victim referrals, 81,000 Witness referrals and more than 1,000 referrals to VOYCE, its youth justice service in Dundee. The charity has a presence in all of Scotland’s local authority regions and has staff and/or volunteers in every Sheriff and High Court in Scotland.
Note: A free-to-use picture of David McKenna is attached to this media release.