Welcome to our office: Nick Hobbs, Head of Advice and Investigations

31 July 2017

A picture of Nick Hobbs, Head of Advice and Investigations.

We’ve been glad to welcome Nick Hobbs to our office, who joins our team in the new role of Head of Advice and Investigations.

Nick will be working on making it easier for children and young people to know how they can complain about times when their rights aren’t respected, and on making sure our office can investigate rights violations when it’s appropriate to do so.

Nick’s appointment comes ahead of the Commissioner’s powers of investigation extending on August 7. You can read about what this means here.

About Nick

Before coming to work in our office, Nick was Policy and Public Affairs Manager for the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA).

He is passionate about children’s rights and was a member of the organisation’s Participation Group, which looks for opportunities to improve children and young people’s experiences of the Children’s Hearings System.

While at SCRA, Nick worked on issues including:

  • youth justice,
  • child protection,
  • equalities, and
  • corporate parenting.

Nick has a Law degree and an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics. He chairs the board of the Scottish Child Law Centre and occasionally lectures on children’s rights and the Hearings system at the University of Edinburgh.

Nick lives in Edinburgh with his partner and a small black cat called Belle. He is learning to speak Norwegian and dreams of going to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights. He is currently writing (very slowly) a book about his experiences on the Silk Road. He loves to travel and has spent time in Latin America, China and Central Asia.