The Care Inspectorate today welcomed the announcement of its new chair.  

Paul Edie has been appointed by Scottish Ministers to chair the board of the Care Inspectorate, the body charged with regulating and inspecting care services and social work across Scotland.

Mr Edie will also sit on the boards of the Scottish Social Services Council and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. He succeeds Professor Frank Clark CBE, who retired last month.

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Paul Edie, Chair of the Care Inspectorate, said: 

"I am delighted to take up post and am looking forward to playing my part in improving care in Scotland. While there are many excellent examples of good practice across the country, where there are weaknesses we must not hesitate to act. Every person is entitled to a quality of care that reflects their needs and promotes their rights."

Annette Bruton, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate, said: 

"I am delighted that Paul Edie has been appointed to Chair the Care Inspectorate. He brings a wealth of experience which will be hugely valuable at a time of change. 

“People who rely on the fifteen thousand services we regulate want to know that the quality of care in Scotland is improving. 

“Our Chair plays a central role in the strategic governance of the Care Inspectorate, which underpins the assurance and protection we provide to every person using a care service. 

“As we look forward to working with Paul Edie, I would like to thank Frank Clark for the commitment he brought to the Care Inspectorate. I wish him a long and happy retirement, knowing that he will remain a passionate champion of the care sector."


Notes to editors

Mr Edie has been appointed by Scottish Ministers for a period of two years. Details can be found here:


Cllr Paul Edie has served as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Edinburgh since 1994. From 2007 he served as Convenor of Health, Social Care and Housing Committee, and as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian for that time. He was also a Member of the Lothian and Border Community Justice Partnership. Prior to becoming a full-time councillor, Paul worked with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, mainly in quality assurance.