The first members of the new Scottish Police Authority (SPA) have been announced today, 24th October 2012, by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
The SPA, which will go live on 1st April 2013, will support the Chief Constable and the new Police Service of Scotland as well as holding them to account.
The members – brief biographical details below – will be: Moiram Ali, Brian Barbour, Jeane Freeman, Graham Houston, David Hume, Morag McLaughlin, Paul Rooney, Ian Ross, Lisa Tennant, Iain Whyte, Robert Wilson and Douglas Yates.
They have all been appointed for four years and will take up their posts now, in October 2012. Under the legislation, the SPA may appoint up to two additional members in due course, taking the total to 14.
Vic Emery OBE has already been appointed Chair of the SPA. on 31st August 2012.
Kenny MacAskill says: ‘Scottish policing is performing excellently – supported by the 1,000 extra officers this government is committed to maintaining, crime is at a 37 year low and public confidence is high. Reform and the establishment of a single service will help ensure communities right across Scotland continue to enjoy excellent policing.
‘The Scottish Police Authority will play a pivotal role in the new landscape. These first members – under the leadership of Vic Emery – arrive at a historic time in the evolution of Scottish policing and will help shape the future of the service.’
First SPA Chair, Vic Emery says: ‘I am delighted to welcome the first members of the Scottish Police Authority. They are a strong, capable and diverse team which will bring independence and expertise to the governance of Scottish policing. Working together, we will be the new national voice on policing, making our national choices on policing.
‘Our initial focus as an Authority will be built on four ‘pillars’ – priorities, people, performance, and pounds. The Authority will consult on a strategic plan for how Scotland will be policed, and agree how the public money we spend on policing is allocated. We will agree meaningful measures of performance to judge the Scottish police by, promote their success, and publicly challenge performance where it falls short.
‘Crucially, it will be the SPA’s job to demonstrate a quality police service can be maintained in local communities across Scotland but delivered for less overall cost. We look forward to working with the Chief Constable and his team in delivering on that objective.’
These appointments are regulated by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.
There is an expected time commitment of 10-15 days per month up to April 1, 2013 after which it will be no more than 10 days per month for the first full year. The remuneration rate is a daily fee of £300.
Ms Ali is an author, communications consultant and non-executive director. A former member of the Office for Judicial Complaints review bodies, she is also Scotland’s first Judicial Complaints Reviewer (£209 per day) and a member of the Board of the Scottish Ambulance Service (£8,008 per annum). In a voluntary capacity, Ms Ali is a Governor at Edinburgh Napier University and a Public Appointments Ambassador.
POLITICAL ACTIVITY – canvassed for Liz Bardell, candidate for Livingston (SNP) in 2010 and helped deliver newsletters for Angela Constance MSP (SNP) in 2010 and 2011.
Mr Barbour has a background in IT having spent over thirty years in Standard Life and IBM. He is a trustee of the Standard Life staff pension scheme, a former Director of Information Security at Standard Life and has worked in Operational Risk Management at Royal Bank of Scotland.
Ms Freeman has over 30 years experience in public policy analysis and delivery. She brings her knowledge of the criminal justice service, her experience as a Board member of the Scottish Police Services Authority to the SPA. Ms Freeman is Chair of the National Waiting Times Centre Board (£24,960) and a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (£290 a day per day).
Mr Houston has over 25 years’ experience in management development and executive coaching in the private and public sectors and was the Scottish Director of the Work Foundation prior to setting up his own consultancy. A former Vice Chairman of the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Scotland and Chairman of the Scottish and UK judging panels for The National Training Awards, he is currently Chairman of the Scottish Qualifications Authority 2009 ( £13,836 per annum).
POLITICAL ACTIVITY – Elected as a councillor to Stirling Council, May 2012 (Dunblane and Bridge of Allan SNP).
Mr Hume has over thirty years’ experience in local government and recently retired after ten years as Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council. He has a long standing interest and commitment in the fields of child and adult protection, and community safety, working in close liaison with the police service over many years.
Ms McLaughlin worked for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) for 21 years in positing including Head of the High Court Unit at Crown Office, Head of Policy for the Crown, Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampian, Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders and a member of the COPFS Management Board. Since 2011 Morag has been a legal member of the Parole Board for Scotland (£303 per day when performing legal duties, otherwise £195 per day).
A former Procurator Fiscal Depute, Mr Rooney has been a Councillor for Glasgow City Council since 2005 and was elected Convener of Strathclyde Police Authority in 2007. He has also held positions as non-executive board member of the Scottish Police Services Agency (SPSA), Chair of the Scottish Police Authorities Conveners Forum, member of the Scottish Policing Performance Development Group, the Police Advisory Board for Scotland and was one of the original members of the National Policing Board. Mr Rooney was appointed City Treasurer in 2011 with responsibility Glasgow’s £2.2 billion budget.
POLITICAL ACTIVITY –
Stood as a candidate and obtained office as a Councillor for Glasgow City Council (Garscadden / Scotstounhill ward Labour), spoken on behalf of a party or candidate, acted as a political agent, canvassed on behalf of a party and helped at elections and is Chair of Glasgow North West Constituency Labour Party.
A Highland Councillor for 13 years, Mr Ross has been Vice Convenor of the Northern Police Board, active in COSLA Police and continuity safety and a member of the UK Police Negotiating Board. Mr Ross is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, lectures on forest police and sustainability and lives with his family in Golspie in East Sutherland.
POLITICAL ACTIVITY – Obtained office as a local councillor (Lib Dem councillor on Highland Council 2007-2012. Stepped down from the council in May 2012) and has canvassed on behalf of a party or helped at elections.
Ms Tennant has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors and is currently Executive Director of a regional public/private partnership in Ayrshire and sits as a non-Executive Director of NHS Ayrshire and Arran (£8,008 per annum).
A Councillor with the City of Edinburgh Council, Mr Whyte has been Convener of Lothian and Borders Police Board since 2007. He is Chair of the Scottish Police Authority Conveners’ Forum, has been a member of the Board of the Scottish Police Services Authority since December 2009 (nil) and is Chair of the Scottish Policing Boards’ Sub- Group on Police Reform. Mr Whyte is also a member of the NHS Lothian Board where his term of office will conclude in October 2012 ( £8,008 per annum).
POLITICAL ACTIVITY Elected as a Councillor to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1995 (Conservative) and has canvassed for the party at other elections.
During a 24 year career with Deloitte, 14 as a partner, Mr Wilson completed an MBA and worked across both the public and private sectors. He was part of the Independent Budget Review Panel (2010) which set out a response to the financial challenges facing the public sector in Scotland. Mr Wilson is a non-executive member director of NHS National Services Scotland (£8,008 per annum) and a non-executive director of NHS Lothian (£8,008 per annum).
Mr Yates is a former Deputy Leader and Convener of Social Work, Health and Social Justice at East Renfrewshire Council, Non-Executive Director with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Convener of North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority. He has also served as Vice-Convener of the Scottish Local Government Forum against Poverty, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Wellbeing and sat on some Ministerial Strategy Groups. Mr Yates is founder chairman of Barrhead & District Victim Support Scheme (now East Renfrewshire VSS), and has chaired bodies including a community council and a community company. His current responsibilities include serving as Vice-Chair of Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire and Vice-Convener of East Renfrewshire University of the Third Age.
POLITICAL ACTIVITY – Obtained office as a local Councillor for East Renfrewshire Council (SNP), stood for re-election as an elected member in May 2012. Has spoken at events and canvassed on behalf of other SNP candidates.