Valerie Strachan was appointed to the JAC in February 2012, she was reappointed for a further 3 years from 1 February 2015 and again for 18 months from 1 February 2018.

Valerie is a former senior civil servant. She retired as Chairman of HM Customs and Excise in 2000. She served as a lay assessor on the Leggatt enquiry in 2001–02 (which recommended the creation of the Tribunals Service). Between 2006 and 2011 she was a panel member of the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry. Other appointments have included Chair of the Council of the University of Southampton, Vice Chair of the Big Lottery Fund and Chair of James Alleyn's Girls’ School.