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 in Compass House, 11 Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4NY on Thursday 26 March 2020 at 10.30 am.

Read the Board’s Code of Conduct and the register of members interests 2019/20

Our Board Members

Paul Edie, Chair 

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Paul Edie has Chaired the Board of the Care Inspectorate since 2013 and he also sits on the Scottish Social Services Council and the Board of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Paul was a Councillor in Edinburgh for 23 years where he was Convenor of the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee and lead the Liberal Democratic Group for four years.

He also served as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian, a Member of the Lothian and Border Community Justice Partnership and Chaired the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership.

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

Sandra Campbell

Sandra was appointed as Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council in September 2019.  She has over 40 years’ experience in the public sector, both in Scotland and England, holding senior management posts. Alexandra is a qualified social worker and has a keen interest in services for looked after children.  Her first experience of social care was working for Dundee Cyrenians in the homeless shelter which shaped her future career choice.  She has also worked with health services in Highland and in Liverpool where she was a Governor at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Anne Houston

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Anne brings to the Board over 40 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 and set up the ChildLine service in Scotland. 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, and until recently Chair of Child Protection Committees Scotland.

Linda Pollock

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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 Dyer 

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 graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.  He currently sits on the Board of Person-Centred Therapy Scotland.  In 2018 he gained the CIPFA Certificate in Corporate Governance.  Gavin also works at Glasgow Clyde College as a Student Advisor.

 Keith Redpath  

Keith Sept 20180 squaredKeith spent a total of 42 years in both local government and the NHS prior to his retirement in 2017.  He was first appointed to the post of Assistant Director of Social Work in Tayside Regional Council in 1987 and held a number of senior managerial positions in both social work and the NHS culminating in his appointment as the first Chief Officer of the new West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care partnership in 2015.  Mr Redpath has been a strong advocate for the integration of health and social care for over 20 years and in the two years prior to his retirement, served as Chair of the National Group of HSCP Chief Officers.  Through this experience he has gained extensive knowledge of change management and partnership working.  The organisations he has led have helped to improve support and outcomes for individuals, families, carers and wider communities.  Keith was also appointed as a member of the Scottish Social Services Council from October 2018 for a three year period.

Naghat Ahmed

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Naghat is a Law and Accountancy graduate and a committee member for the Law Society of Scotland Client Protection Sub-committee.  Her current role at Glasgow City Council includes both programme and project management.  She has previously worked on policy and strategy development, equality and diversity, change management, corporate governance and utilising project methodologies.  She previously worked in the Commission for Racial Equality and NHS24, specialising in equality and diversity.  Miss Ahmed is a carer for relatives who have disabilities.

Bernadette Malone


Bernadette Malone is former Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross council, a post she held for 15 years.  As a result of major transformational and cultural change, the council is widely regarded as a high performing organisation, with very strong financial management, effective governance and sector leading practice.  Bernadette has led a highly successful multiagency partnership which has delivered tangible improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people.  On behalf of the Scottish Government, she led national groups on GIRFEC and employee engagement and contributed to the Scottish Leaders forum.  She is currently Deputy Chair of the University of Dundee Court and Convener of the Care Inspectorate Audit Committee.

Carole Wilkinson


Ms Wilkinson is currently Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). She is a former Non-Executive member of NHS Education for Scotland and a former Chair of the Board of Scottish Children's Reporter Administration. She was also Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services (SSSC) from 2001-2009, establishing the organisation and overseeing the implementation of the regulation and registration of social services workers.

Before moving to the SSSC, Ms Wilkinson held the post of Director of Housing and Social Work for Falkirk Council and during her career has held a number of senior management posts in England and also spent a period in higher education teaching social workers and social care staff. She has also served on a number of Scottish Government working groups advising on workforce development matters and on future workforce needs and how health and social care staff could be supported to work and learn together.

Dr Bill Maxwell

Bill MaxwellBill joins the Board with extensive experience of developing national approaches to quality assurance and improvement and leading public sector reform, gained within Scotland and beyond.  Bill spent the first decade of his career as an educational psychologist, delivering and developing services for vulnerable learners, before he joined the Scottish Education Inspectorate in 1994.  After undertaking a range of roles and a two-year secondment to the Scottish Government, Bill moved to Wales as HM Chief Inspector of Education, leading a major re-structuring of the role of the inspectorate in the Welsh system.  He returned to Scotland as HM Chief Inspector of Education in 2010.  Shortly afterwards he was appointed to lead the creation of Education Scotland, a new type of public service improvement agency which incorporated the functions of an inspectorate, but which also delivers a wider range of services to promote national improvement and the effective delivery of the Government’s major reform programmes in education, especially the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Bill retired from the post of HM Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland in 2017 and is now consulting on education quality assurance internationally.  He is also a member of the British Council's Advisory Committee for Scotland.

Rognvald Johnson

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Rognvald commenced his career working for The Royal Bank of Scotland, serving in a number of branches/departments, including the Bank’s Internal Audit Department, before retiring as Senior Manager for the Orkney Branches.  After a spell working at Orkney College as Development Officer, he was engaged as Project Director, successfully developing and delivering a Business Improvement District in Kirkwall. Rognvald was appointed as a Non- Executive Director with NHS Orkney in July 2012 until June 2018, during which time he served as Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee, as well as Vice Chair of the Audit Committee.  During the latter part of his term, Rognvald represented NHS Orkney on Orkney Integrated Joint Board, responsible for the provision of Health and Care in the County, also serving on its Audit Committee.