The John Byrne Award is a project of The Iris Initiative, registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SC 043568.

Emma Currie

Chair of The Iris Initiative Board of Trustees

Emma is an actress, director and writer. Her theatre company, Acting Up, engages industrial clients in a 7 step health and safety behavioural change process which begins with unexpected live theatre, progresses to story-generation within the workforce and ends with the production of a short film. Emma’s unusual stories reveal the hidden consequences of complacency and encourage culture change from a place of enlightenment and shared values.

Tom Halpin

Vice-Chairman of The Iris Initiative Board of Trustees

Tom Halpin has a prominent career in Scotland’s Justice system, latterly as Chief Executive at Sacro from 2009 to 2020. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police and is currently a Board Member of the Scottish Police Authority. A Chartered Director (C.Dir FIOD) he sits on the Institute of Directors Scotland Committee. Tom also chaired the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum that brings together Voluntary Sector leaders working in Justice and is a Council Member of the Scottish Association for Studying Offending, which is an influential ‘think-tank’ on such matters.

Alongside Tom’s career in Justice, he has a strong interest in the arts, supporting local artists through building his own personal collection of contemporary Scottish art. Tom was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2008.

Alex Renton

Trustee of The Iris Initiative

Alex is a journalist and author. His work as a columnist, foreign correspondent, arts writer and food policy journalist has appeared in all Britain’s major newspapers, on television, radio and in Newsweek magazine. Blood Legacy: reckoning with a family’s story of slavery, his most recent book, was published in 2021. Alex lives in Leith with his family. www.alexrenton.com @axrenton