Jackie Irvine has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate.

Jackie has been a Chief Social Work Officer (CSWO) for over 10 years and comes to the Care Inspectorate from her current post as Service Director, Children and Families and Justice Services at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Jackie has over 30 years’ experience of working in the public sector and has also managed community health services for children.

As CSWO Jackie had overall governance responsibility for the quality and provision of social work services both within the Council structure and within a fully integrated Health and Social Care Partnership as well as an adult’s only partnership. In these roles she has provided professional advice as it relates to the provision of social work services.

Jackie’s previous positions were predominantly in children’s services but not exclusively, as she has had strategic and management responsibility for community justice, community-based health services, hospital-based social work, homelessness and refugee and migration services. Jackie spent two years as an inspector in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education in the Child Protection team and was an advisor for the Scottish Executive on a part time basis for four years. Jackie also has extensive experience working in key strategic planning and performance roles.

Jackie was appointed as Vice President of Social Work Scotland (SWS) in 2017 and then as President in 2018 and has served on the Social Work Scotland Board.