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 Wednesday 17 January 2018 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in Compass House, Dundee. 


Read the Board’s Code of Conduct and the register of members interests 2017/18

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.

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


Anne Haddow

Anne HaddowAnne looks after her daughter who has profound physical and intellectual disabilities. She was Vice Chair of the Princess Royal Trust Fife Carers Centre and is currently a family member of PAMIS, an organisation who provide support for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, their family and paid carers.  Dr Haddow was a member of the Scottish Social Services Council. She is involved in health and social work groups which aim to deliver high quality services to people with disabilities and their families.


David Wiseman

David WisemanDavid 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.  He is a Board member of another charity, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).  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.


Dr Dame Denise Coia

Denise Coia

Dr 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.

Her research interests have been in supporting individual and families of those with schizophrenia and she was Medical Advisor to the National Schizophrenia fellowship in Scotland. She has supported the work of young researchers through her position as a former Board member of Medical Research Scotland.


Ian Doig

Ian DoigIan Doig is an experienced non-executive board member.  He is committed to developing the effectiveness and accountability of public bodies and to the modernisation of public services.  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.  Ian has served as a non-executive director on a range of Scottish Government bodies, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the National Records of Scotland, the Scottish Court Service and the Scottish Social Services Council.  He is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and admitted member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.  Previously he held executive posts as CIPFA Director for Scotland and senior finance directorate posts with a range of local authorities.


Michael Cairns

Michael CairnsMichael 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 the past three years he has been a member of the Scottish Social Services Council. Mr Cairns 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. He 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. He 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.


Christine Dunlop

Christine DunlopChristine is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in various hospital based mental health and learning disability services. After leaving the NHS, Christine gained experience both in nursing homes and supported living services and is currently employed in a senior management role with a private health and social care provider organisation. She has 20 years of experience of devising, implementing and delivering innovative solutions to meet the identified needs of individuals with complex needs in community based settings. Christine brings to the board a proven record and a positive reputation in the management of care services and workforce ensuing positive outcomes for individuals with complex and multiple support needs. Christine has completed advanced studies in medical law and ethics and has an active interest in ensuring the rights of vulnerable adults are promoted and respected. Christine also brings to the board a wealth of experience in engaging with health and social care professionals and multi-disciplinary primary care teams.


Anne Houston

Anne Houston

Anne 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 the Child Protection Committees Scotland and Vice Chair of the Cattanach Charitable Trust.


Linda Pollock

Linda Pollock

Linda 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 also 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.


Gavin Dayer

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.