Commenting on the OBE awarded today (November 30, 2011) at Buckingham Palace to David McKenna, the Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland, the charity’s Chairman, Bob Leitch, said:
“The award of an OBE to David is a deserved tribute to his tireless work over many years. Firstly, 26 years ago he helped to create what is now Victim Support Scotland, the lead agency in providing help and support to victims and witnesses of crime. He is also President of Victim Support Europe and in that capacity has a leading role in extending vital rights for victims across all Member States. The very fact that the final details of a draft Directive on this issue are currently being negotiated by member Governments is clear testament to his efforts. All VSS staff and volunteers can reflect on the good work and support provided by them over the years which has led to this honour for David.”
Note: A free-to-use picture of David McKenna is attached.
Victim Support Scotland, now in its 26th year, is a registered charity which provides help to all victims and witnesses of crime. Last year VSS dealt with almost 170,000 referrals and about 800 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.