Our Executive Team

The Executive Team is responsible for the management and strategic leadership of the Care Inspectorate.  This involves: 

  • setting our corporate plan and strategic priorities
  • leading our staff to achieve these, and
  • manage the expectations of the Scottish Government and the wider public.

Peter Macleod  

Chief Executive 

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Peter trained as a social worker qualifying in 1987 after obtaining his professional degree. Peter has worked in a range of front line social work services, starting his career in Glasgow and has had a particular interest in working with children and young people. Peter joined Renfrewshire in 1996 as an Area Manager. Whilst in the post of Head of Child Care and Criminal Justice Peter took on the innovative joint role of Head of Childcare for social work and for the Community Health Partnership. was appointed Director of Social Work for Renfrewshire in September 2007, following a varied career within social work. Peter was President of the Association of Directors of Social Work in 2012/13.

As Director of Social Work, Peter championed the Achieving Step Change work in Renfrewshire. This work involved a partnership with Dartington Social Research Unit to undertake the first epidemiological study of children's need in a Scottish local authority and the introduction of evidence based programmes.

He is chairperson of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services and has co-chaired national groups in relation to health and care integration on outcomes and commissioning. Peter also sits on the boards of MacMillan Cancer Support TCAT Programme, and Realigning Children’s Services. Peter was appointed as the first Director of Children’s Services for Renfrewshire Council in January 2015 bringing together the council’s education and children’s social work and criminal justice services.

Gordon Weir

Executive Director of Customer and Corporate Services (Head of Finance and Corporate Governance) 

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Gordon's post as Executive Director of Customer and Corporate Services is shared with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which is co-located with the Care Inspectorate's Dundee office.

Outwith this role, Gordon is Chair of CIFPA Scotland for 2018-19 and also chairs the Central Government Procurement Shared Services Steering Board.

Gordon joined the Care Inspectorate from the Care Commission where he also held the post of Director of Corporate Services. Prior to that, he was Assistant Principal (Finance & Resources) at Adam Smith College and held a joint post as Assistant Principal of Fife College and Glenrothes College, with responsibility for providing shared support services and strategic financial and HR advice.

Before moving to the College Sector he held posts as Head of Corporate Services at Tayside Fire Brigade and Principal Accountant at Tayside Regional Council. Gordon is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Kevin Mitchell

Executive Director of Scrutiny and Assurance 

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Kevin was appointed Executive Director of Scrutiny and Assurance in February 2016.

He is responsible for all the regulated care service inspections and overseeing the work associated with that. He is also responsible for the development and delivery of the Care Inspectorate's strategic inspections, including those for children's services and adults/older people.

Kevin joined the Care Inspectorate in 2011 from the then Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education having been involved in the programme of joint inspections of child protection from 2005. He was appointed Head of Analysis and Business Planning at the Care Inspectorate in March 2013 and Acting Depute Director of Inspection (Children's Services & Criminal Justice ) in January 2015.

Kevin was previously a senior police officer in Lothian and Borders police and graduated MSc in Advanced Practice Child Protection from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2014.

Edith Macintosh

Interim Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement 

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Edith was appointed as Interim Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement in December 2018.

Edith qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1983 and worked across health and social care holding a variety of roles across Scotland predominantly in the NHS and latterly was service manager for Occupational Therapy services in the NHS in Perth and Kinross until 2009.  From there she joined the Care Inspectorate (then Care Commission) in September 2009 as the Rehabilitation Consultant and provided leadership and improvement expertise for several national initiatives and publications to support providers and partnerships to improve health and wellbeing in the social care sector. 

Edith was in her previous role as Head of Improvement Support since January 2017 and had strategic oversight for developing and strengthening the Care Inspectorate’s improvement support role across Scotland supported by a team of improvement advisors.  She designed the CAPA improvement programme and was the programme lead.  Edith’s great passion is to inspire people and services to improve, realise their full potential and to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

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Kenny Dick

Head of Finance and Corporate Governance

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Ewan Stewart

Head of Risk, Intelligence and Professional Standards

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Ewan joined the Care Inspectorate in April 2013 as the Head of Registration, Complaints and Legal Services and in May 2016 became the Head of Risk, Intelligence and Professional Standards.

Prior to joining the Care Inspectorate Ewan served with the military and completed 30 years service with the police in a variety of operational roles. Ewan has a degree in engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.  

Heather Edwards

Interim Head of Improvement Support

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Catherine Agnew

Chief Inspector - Children

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Catherine was appointed Chief Inspector (Children) in May 2016.

She has the lead responsibility for the development and delivery of all inspection activity of all regulated care services for children and young people. In addition she has the strategic lead to ensure the delivery of the Care Inspectorates registration function for all registered care services.

Catherine joined the Care Inspectorate in 2011 from the Care Commission having been involved in the delivery of inspection, registration, complaints and enforcement activity for regulated care services since 2002.

She previously worked for a local authority within education and has worked in a variety of early learning and childcare posts including service management and external management to education services.

Gordon Paterson

Chief Inspector - Adults

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Having worked for the past two years as a Head of Inspection in the Care Inspectorate, Gordon Paterson has recently been appointed to the post of Chief Inspector (Adult Services), where he has responsibility for the regulation and inspection of the registered care services that support adults and older people across Scotland.

Gordon is a qualified social worker who worked for over 25 years in a number of scottish local authorities in practice, quality assurance, management and commissioning roles. For two years Gordon worked as a Policy Manager in the Scottish Government, supporting the development of the National Carer's Strategy and producing the Young Carer's Strategy 'Getting It Right For Young Carers'.

During his time working in St Andrew's House, he also contributed to develop work around adult support and protection, self-directed support and reshaping care for older people, areas in which he continues to have a keen interest in his role. 

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Helen Happer

Chief Inspector – Strategic Scrutiny

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Helen qualified as a social worker from Aberdeen University in 1984 and has spent her career working for better outcomes for children and families, in central and local government and in the third sector.

She has been developing and leading programmes of inspection and support for improvement for more than 10 years and is currently Chief Inspector in the Care Inspectorate, Scotland's independent body for regulation and inspection of social care services.

Her responsibilities include scrutiny and assurance of social work services and multi-agency partnership working across services for children and young people, adults and community justice.