Dr Anne Houston, OBE, FRSA

Chair, Child Protection Committees Scotland since 2015 and Independent Chair of North Ayrshire’s Child Protection Committee. Anne’s other current roles include Member of National Child Protection Leadership Group; Board Member Care Inspectorate; Member Independent Advisory Group on Stop and Search; Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategic Oversight Group; Police Scotland Child Protection Strategy Group


She qualified as a social worker specialising in work with children, young people and families in England. Returning to Glasgow in 1986 she managed teams in mental health, young offenders and a residential therapeutic community.


Anne set up ChildLine’s services in Scotland in 1990, was Director ChildLine Scotland and latterly Director ChildLine UK overseeing its integration into NSPCC in 2006. As Chief Executive of Children 1st from 2007 until 2014, was a member of the Early Years Taskforce; Crown Office Expert Group on Sexual Offending and Chair, Justice for Children Alliance. Anne was a founding member of ACOSVO and Treasurer for several years.