Our Board

The Chair and the eleven members of our board set the strategic direction of the Care Inspectorate, taking into account legislation and policy guidance set by the Scottish Government. Each member of the board brings a wealth of experience and wide-ranging skills, along with a passionate interest in social care.  

Our public board meetings are held at least four times a year and members of the public are welcome to join us at these meetings.

You can download a copy of the papers from our last board meeting here.

Our next public board meeting will be held on Thursday 28 March 2019 from 11:00am to 2:30pm in Compass House, Dundee.

Read the Board’s Code of Conduct and the register of members interests 2018/19

Our Board Members

Paul Edie, Chair 


Paul Edie currently sits on the Scottish Social Services Council and the Board of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Paul was a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Edinburgh for 23 years where he was Convenor of Health, Social Care and Housing Committee, and was a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian. He was also a Member of the Lothian and Border Community Justice Partnership and Chaired the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership.

Before becoming a full-time councillor, Paul worked with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

David Wiseman 

David WisemanDavid Wiseman started his social care career as a care officer in a home for older people before going on to work for Strathclyde Region in a variety of positions.  He then joined South Lanarkshire Council, as Head of Strategic Services in the Social Work Department, where he also had responsibility for the Registration and Inspection Unit.  Following a period of secondment to COSLA, he returned to South Lanarkshire as Head of Older People's Services before joining the Care Commission as Director of Operations in February 2002, becoming the Director of Strategic Development and Depute Chief Executive of the Care Commission in 2005.  After a period as Acting Chief Executive of the Care Commission he retired in 2011.  Mr Wiseman is a Trustee/Director of the UK- wide Residential Forum, a charity whose purpose is to promote the achievement of high standards of care for children and adults in care homes and schools, and to contribute to improving the quality of service to the public.  Mr Wiseman is a Board Member of Ceartas, a Scottish charity which provides independent advocacy and information service to adults in East Dunbartonshire.  He is also a Board Member of Clyde Football Club, who are associated with the Clyde FC Community Foundation – a Scottish charity which is involved in a number of initiatives to support people in the local community.  Mr Wiseman brings strong skills in analysis and challenging constructively, strategic business planning, community development and a good understanding of developing new risk based approaches to scrutiny.

Ian Doig

Ian Doig

Ian Doig is committed to strengthening the effectiveness and accountability of public bodies and the modernisation of public services, and to increasing stakeholder satisfaction and value for money. He has wide experience of public services, including previous Public Appointments by Ministers to the governance of Scottish Social Services Council, Scottish Court Services and Scottish Environment Protection Agency. He is currently a Management Board member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for National Records of Scotland. Mr Doig is also a Trustee Board Member of the National Trust for Scotland and Member of Merchiston Community Council in Edinburgh. His practical experience includes strategy development, financial management, audit committees and risk management. He is experienced in building partnership working between public services, partnerships at the interface between the public, private and charity sectors and with professional bodies.

Mr Doig is a Chartered Accountant by profession and holds CA, CIPFA and FCCA financial management qualifications. He previously held senior executive management posts as CIPFA Director for Scotland, and senior financial directorate posts with a range of local authorities.

Michael Cairns

Michael CairnsMike Cairns has extensive experience as a social work practitioner and manager in local authorities in England and Scotland.  He has also worked in the voluntary sector as Director for Age Concern and Director of RNIB Scotland.  He was seconded from RNIB to Scottish Government from 2004 to 2007 to help coordinate the review of community eye care services.  For five years up until 2012, Mr Cairns was a member of the Scottish Social Services Council.  He has broad experience of managing and developing services in the statutory and voluntary sectors and brings strong financial and risk management knowledge to this role.  Mr Cairns has strong experience of change management and possesses strong skills in influencing, engagement, persuasion and analysis.

Professor James McGoldrick

James McGoldrickProfessor James McGoldrick was appointed as Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council in August 2013.  He was Chairman of the Fife NHS Board and Vice Chair of the Fife Community Planning Partnership Board until the end of April 2013. He has also served as a Member on the NHS National Services Scotland board and Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.  Professor McGoldrick was the Vice Principal of the University of Abertay and Professor of Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School.  He is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (previously serving as Vice President) and retains an active academic interest in strategic Human Resource Development (HRD).  He is a leadership and management consultant in health and higher education and a Key Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.  Professor McGoldrick is currently a Board Member of both the SISCC (Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre) and UK Skills for Care and Development.  In addition he is a member of the Ministerial Strategic Group for Community Care and the Scottish Government Disability and Carer Benefit Expert Group.

Anne Houston

Anne Houston

Anne Houston brings to the Board over 39 years of experience in social care organisations. Anne was formerly Chief Executive of Children 1ST, a leading Scottish child welfare charity. Her particular area of expertise is in work with children and young people, including child protection and early years/early intervention, and she was a member of the Scottish Government Early Years Task Force from its inception until she retired from CHILDREN 1ST in June 2014.

A qualified social worker, Anne has worked in the voluntary and statutory sectors in Scotland and England, managing young offenders, children and families and mental health teams. She brings extensive experience of boards from ‘both sides’ – as a Chief Executive and as a Board member having served on a variety of boards and trusts. Anne also brings a passion for ensuring that feedback from those who rely on social care services is listened to and acted upon. She is currently Independent Chair of North Ayrshire’s Child Protection Committee, Chair of Child Protection Committees Scotland and a Member of Scottish Government Stop and Search Independent Advisory group.

Linda Pollock

Linda Pollock

Dr Linda Pollock brings to the board experience in the public sector in clinical, research, teaching and management roles, and from high profile leadership roles as an NHS Executive Nurse Director and a Mental Welfare Commissioner where she influenced national policy direction.  Since retiring, Linda has continued with governance and scrutiny work with the Accounts Commission, where she was a Board Member from 2009 to 2015, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.  Linda is passionate about improving the delivery and provision of high quality and joined-up services in the community and primary care to vulnerable people.  This underpinned the work that she did with Enable, where she was a Board Member from 2012 to 2015, and underlies the work she currently does, as Chair of an advisory board with Pain Concern (setting up two weekly radio programmes, and evaluative research) and as an independent Prison Monitor.  Linda is currently a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute of Scotland (QNIS).  Linda has also been an informal carer for a mother with dementia, and worked with the local advocacy services, and the Office of the Public Guardian to enhance her care.  Linda has recently been appointed by SLAB as Quality Assurance Member of the SNAIP Standards Board.

Gavin Dyer 

Gavin DayarGavin believes strongly in a person-centred approach to all care provision and has more than ten years experience of working in the voluntary sector in a mixture of voluntary and paid positions. In the last 15 years, Gavin has been involved in the employment sector working in partnership with individuals with disabilities to assist them gain employment. Gavin also has experience of counselling individuals in the field of addiction. Gavin has a disability and receives individual support from a care provider on a daily basis which allows him to live independently. He believes that this mix of experience both professionally and personally will enable him to make a valuable contribution to the Board of the Care Inspectorate. Gavin holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Policy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of the West of Scotland. He will be graduating shortly from the University of Strathclyde with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. 

 Keith Redpath  

Keith Sept 20180Keith spent a total of 42 years in both local government and the NHS prior to his retirement in 2017. He was first appointed to the post of Assistant Director of Social Work in Tayside Regional council in 1987 and held a number of senior managerial positions in both social work and the NHS culminating in his appointments as the first Chief Officer of the new West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care partnership in 2015. Mr Redpath has been a strong advocate for the integration of health and social care for over 20 years and in the two years prior to his retirement, served as Chair of the National Group of HSCP Chief Officers. Through this experience he has gained extensive knowledge of change management and partnership working. The organisations he has led have helped to improve support and outcomes for individuals, families, carers and wider communities. 

Naghat Ahmed

June 2018 Naghat Ahmed

Naghat is a Law and Accountancy graduate and a committee member for the Law Society of Scotland Client Protection Sub-committee. Her current role at Glasgow City Council includes both programme and project management. She has previously worked on policy and strategy development, equality and diversity, change management, corporate governance and utilising project methodologies. She previously worked in the Commission for Racial Equality and NHS24, specialising in equality and diversity. Miss Ahmed is a carer for relatives who have disabilities. 

Bernadette Malone

Bernadette Malone

Bernadette Malone is former Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross council, a post she held for 15 years.  As a result of major transformational and cultural change, the council is widely regarded as a high performing organisation, with very strong financial management, effective governance and sector leading practise.  Bernadette has led a highly successful multiagency partnership which has delivered tangible improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people.  On behalf of the Scottish Government, she led national groups on GIRFEC and employee engagement and contributed to the Scottish Leaders forum.  She is currently a lay court member of Dundee University and Board Member of the Care Inspectorate.

Carole Wilkinson

Oct 2018 Carole Wilkinson

Ms Wilkinson is currently Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). She is a former Non-Executive member of NHS Education for Scotland and a former Chair of the Board of Scottish Children's Reporter Administration. She was also Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services (SSSC) from 2001-2009, establishing the organisation and overseeing the implementation of the regulation and registration of social services workers.

Before moving to the SSSC, Ms Wilkinson held the post of Director of Housing and Social Work for Falkirk Council and during her career has held a number of senior management posts in England and also spent a period in higher education teaching social workers and social care staff. She has also served on a number of Scottish Government working groups advising on workforce development matters and on future workforce needs and how health and social care staff could be supported to work and learn together.