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Esther Roberton, Chair

Esther is the current Chair of NHS 24 and is a member of the board of the Scottish Ambulance Service (since July 2014).

Esther Roberton was appointed as a Scottish Government Non-Executive Director in 2014 and stood down in January 2017. 

Esther has considerable experience as a non-executive director and chair in the public and third sectors. In particular she served as Chair of NHS Fife from 2000 - 2004 and the Scottish Further Education Funding Council from 1999 - 2005. She also chaired the University of Dundee Court's HR Committee. She has a strong track record in service user involvement and stakeholder engagement as well as rigorous financial management.

She served as an independent member of the Press Complaints Commission from 2007 until 2014 and as chair of Sacro, the community justice charity, from 2010 to 2014.

From 1999 to 2009 she was a non-executive director of The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) and was appointed a Fellow of SCDI for outstanding service.

She was a founder member of the Scottish Further Education Funding Council and chair from 2001 until the Council was wound up in October 2005. From 2000 until 2004, she was Chair of NHS Fife and served as a member of Court at the University of Dundee (from 2001 until 2007).

From 1994 until 1999, Esther was actively involved in the campaign to secure Scotland's Parliament as Co-ordinator for the Scottish Constitutional Convention and, at the invitation of the then Secretary of State for Scotland Donald Dewar, as a member of the Consultative Steering Group that developed the standing orders for the Parliament.

The Review Panel supporting the Chair includes:

  • Christine McLintock, Past President Law Society of Scotland

Christine was the immediate past president of the Law Society of Scotland (until the end of May 2017) and is a former partner and General Counsel of international law firm Pinsent Masons LLP. Christine is also currently the Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and incoming Chair of the Lawscot Foundation, a charity supporting students from less advantaged backgrounds through their legal education journey. In June 2017 Christine also became a trustee of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting.

  • Laura Dunlop QC, Hastie Stables (Faculty of Advocates)

Laura was admitted to the Faculty in 1989, and appointed a Standing Junior to the government in 1993.  She was a co-editor of three editions of Gloag and Henderson: the Law of Scotland and became a QC in 2002.  Since 2005, she has held office as Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  Between 2009 and 2014, she served part-time on the Scottish Law Commission, the first female commissioner in Scotland.  Between 2009 and 2015, she was Senior Counsel to the Penrose Inquiry into transmission of viral infection by blood and blood products.

  • Nicholas Whyte, Chair, Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal

Nicholas Whyte has been a member of the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal since September 2006 and Chairman of the Tribunal since June 2016. Nicholas is a Partner in MacHardy Alexander & Whyte, Forfar mainly dealing with conveyancing and private client work. Nicholas previously held a part time appointment in the Appeal Service.

  • Ray Macfarlane, Chair, Scottish Legal Aid Board

Ray practised as a solicitor in Glasgow before moving into senior management roles with Scottish Enterprise, where she was the Managing Director and HBOS plc. where she was a Senior Director of Corporate Banking.  She has been a member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board since 2010 and was appointed Chair in April 2016. She is also Chairman of Home Scotland and a Board Member of Home Group, one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations and Property Developers.  She has held several non-executive appointments in the public and private sectors and is currently the  Chairman of the Recognition Committee of Museums Galleries Scotland and a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland Foundation and of the Hopetoun House Foundation.

  • Jim Martin, Chair of SLCC from 1 January 2018

Jim was Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland from that office’s inception in 2007 until he became Ombudsman on 1 May 2009. He was also the Scottish non-executive chairman of Logica and ran a management consultancy. Jim was General Secretary for the Educational Institute of Scotland from 1987 until 1995 and served as a member of the Scottish Funding Council. Jim stood down from his post as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman on 30 April 2017.  He became Chair of the SLCC in 2018.

  • Dr Dame Denise Coia, Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Dame Denise Coia is Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and a Board Member of the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. She is also Chair of General Medical Council Quality Scrutiny Group in London. A psychiatrist by background she was previously Senior Principal Medical Officer Mental Health (2006- 2011) to Scottish Government, Mental Health Advisor to Greater Glasgow Health Board (1998 – 2006). She has a long standing interest in professional and service regulation and was Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scotland, Secretary of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in Scotland and Board member of the Allied Health Professions Council UK.

  • Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman, Harper Macleod LLP

Professor Lorne Crerar is one of the two founding partners of Harper Macleod LLP and is the firm's Chairman. Lorne is the firm's Senior Partner in the Banking & Finance and Sports Sector Groups and is an active member of the Public Sector Group. He is retained by several institutions as their principal legal advisor and is responsible for the creation and implementation of the firm's ongoing strategic policy. Lorne has wide experience of the operations of the public sector and was appointed by The Scottish Government to undertake an Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints handling of public services in Scotland - "The Crerar Review". Most of his key recommendations were enshrined in statute – The Public Sector Reform Scotland Act 2010. Lorne was a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010. Lorne has been Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) since 2012, after being appointed to the Board in 2009.

He recently completed his Governance Review for Scottish Government in relation to Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

  • Trisha McAuley OBE, independent consumer expert

Trisha McAuley is an independent consumer expert and an experienced Non-Executive Director.  For over twenty years, until 2014, she was a senior executive in UK and Scottish consumer organisations, and is the former Scottish Director of Consumer Futures.  She was awarded an OBE for services to consumer affairs in 2015.  She has been an influential public policy leader, working effectively with parliaments, governments, regulators, business and public services at strategic level.

Trisha is currently the Chair of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, the largest statutory health and social care partnership in Scotland, and a Board Member of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  She is also a Board Member of Northern Ireland Water, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland Discipline Board, a Member of the Ofgem Gas Network Innovation Competition Panel, a Member of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel, a Member of the Ofgem Consumer Progress Panel, a Member of the Office of the Rail and Road Regulator Consumer Expert Panel, and a Member of the Heathrow Consumer Challenge Board.  Trisha has also held former Board roles with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership and the Peter Gibson Memorial Trust.

Registers of Interest

Downloadable documents:

Description:Review of the Regulation of Legal Services.
File:Christine McLintock RoI [PDF, 25.2 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Denise Coia RoI [PDF, 24.6 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Laura Dunlop RoI [PDF, 11.6 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Lorne Crerar RoI [PDF, 77.9 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Nicholas Whyte RoI [PDF, 272.2 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Ray Macfarlane RoI [PDF, 11.3 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Trisha McAuley RoI [PDF, 12.9 kb: 25 Aug 2017]
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File:Jim Martin RoI [PDF, 9.7 kb: 27 Sep 2017]
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File:Trisha McAuley RoI [PDF, 13.1 kb: 30 Jan 2018]
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