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

Karen Reid
Chief Executive

Karen Reid June 2017

Karen Reid is the Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate and one of Scotland’s foremost leaders in public sector scrutiny and improvement. She was appointed in May 2015 and has sought to ensure that the country’s largest scrutiny body is firmly focused on improving outcomes for people experiencing care. In June 2017, she was appointed to be the Chief Executive of Education Scotland on an interim basis, leading both organisations.

She has extensive experience in devising and leading scrutiny and improvement interventions across the fields of early learning and childcare, social work, social care, health and community justice. She led the development of new multi-agency scrutiny models for children’s services in Scotland, and played a key role in setting up the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. She is qualified in accountancy and  communications/public relations and has formal certification in international regulation and mediation.

Prior to working in social care and children’s services, Karen worked at senior level in the public and third sector supporting children and young people including those with additional support needs, and in the community, working with families with child protection concerns.

Karen regularly provides high-level advice to the Scottish Government, including around the current education governance review, closing the poverty-related attainment gap, implementation of Getting It Right for Every Child, the new national care standards, and the review of health and social care integration indicators. She was instrumental in advising on the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 which established the health and social care scrutiny landscape and is a member of the Ministerial Strategic Group for Child Protection.

As accountable officer for the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s largest scrutiny body, Karen is charged with the effective stewardship of £36m of public funds, and leads a team of over 600 staff and around 100 volunteers who regulate and support improvement in 14,000 separate care and early learning services, and scrutiny and improvement activities across all community planning partnerships, integrated health and social care joint boards, and community justice authorities. As Chief Executive of Education Scotland, she leads a team of 260 inspectors, improvement advisors and support staff, and is preparing the organisation for its new and enhanced role following the education governance review.

Karen is a member of the University Court at the University of Dundee, the Academic Health Science Partnership, and sits on the General Medical Council’s Advisory Forum for Scotland.  She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Kevin Mitchell
Executive Director of Scrutiny and Assurance 

Kevin Mitchell, Director of Inspection (acting)

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.

Rami Okasha
Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement 

Rami OkashaRami was appointed as Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement in February 2016.

He is responsible for leading the Care Inspectorate’s improvement support activities across the care sector, and leads the Care Inspectorate's approaches to scrutiny methodology, care quality intelligence, organisational development, corporate reporting, involvement, communications and policy development.

Rami joined the Care Inspectorate in January 2013 and was promoted to be the Head of Quality Improvement in 2014. He previously worked in public affairs, policy development, and in educational affairs. He has co-lead the group reviewing Scotland’s National Care Standards, working with people who use and provide care to ensure these are outcomes-focused, based on human rights and wellbeing, and are firmly person-led.

He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (MA Hons) and Queen Margaret University (Dip CIPR).

Gordon Weir  
Director of Corporate Services

Gordon WeirGordon's post is shared with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which is co-located with our Dundee office. He reports to the two Chief Executives and advises the Board of the Care Inspectorate and the SSSC. 

Gordon's role is to lead on the delivery of a cohesive business support service for both bodies. This includes organisation development, human resources management, ICT, finance, corporate governance, estates, information governance, health & safety and procurement. 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.