Our Strategic Leadership Team is responsible for the management and strategic leadership of the Care Inspectorate.  

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Edith Macintosh, Interim Chief Executive

Edith was appointed as Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement in August 2020 after acting in the role as an interim from 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.

Follow Edith on Twitter @EAMacahp

Kevin Mitchell, Executive Director of Scrutiny and Assurance 

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.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @CIKevinMitchell

Jacqueline Mackenzie, Executive Director of Corporate and Customer Services

Jacqueline was appointed as Executive Director for Corporate and Customer Services in November 2020.

Jacqueline has a BA in Accountancy and Business Law from the University of Stirling and is a graduate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland with extensive experience of leadership and strategic management having held a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors.

She has excellent experience in financial and resource management, change management and team building. Jacqueline is skilled at understanding complex organisations and providing the leadership and influencing skills to motivate staff across functions and disciplines to work together to achieve the strategic goals.

Gordon Mackie, Executive Director of IT & Digital Transformation

Gordon was appointed as Executive Director of IT & Digital Transformation in July 2021 after acting in the role as interim from April 2020.

As an experienced IT & transformation leader with a wealth of experience and a sustained record of success across diverse sectors both in the public and commercial environments. 

Gordon boasts a wealth of exposure within aligning technology to business strategies; leading specialist teams and delivering complex, full-cycle business change, transition and transformation projects.  Adept at building and maintaining key relationships at all levels, including clients, stakeholders and suppliers; effectively translating requirements and overseeing all issues through to completion.  Well versed in managing the end-to-end delivery of complex projects across conflicting programmes and proven ability to drive businesses forward.  Experienced in engaging and communicating with relevant internal and external stakeholders, inclusive of C-Level management in all programmes of work.  Both a team player and an independent thinker, with valuable problem solving and decision-making skills and the ability to coordinate with senior leaders to ensure needs are identified and fully addressed.

Craig Morris, Interim Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement

Craig was appointed as Interim Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement in February 2021.

Craig is highly experienced in the areas of quality improvement & assurance and community learning and development (CLD). He holds a Masters in CLD, an Hons Degree in Marketing and completed various improvement qualifications and graduated from the Scottish Improvement Leaders Programme in 2014. Between 1996 and 2012, Craig worked across a range of CLD disciplines and geographic areas which included practising, managing and associate lecturing. Between 2012 and 2021, Craig successfully managed national and local large improvement programmes and transformational change projects. This included working for the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) as a National Permanence Consultant (Improvement) and Programme Manager for the Fife Early Years Collaborative (ELC). In addition, he worked as a Quality Assurance Manager with a Health and Social Care Partnership.

Craig joined the Care Inspectorate in October 2019, taking on the senior improvement advisor (programme lead) role for the ELC Improvement Programme. Craig’s substantive post is Head of Improvement Support, where he was appointed in early 2021. In his substantive role, he managed a section with a number of nationally commissioned improvement programmes and three teams namely Quality Improvement Support, Health and Social Care Improvement and Involvement & Equalities. He was Chair of the Corporate Parenting Group and the Care Inspectorate lead for the national implementation board of UNCRC.

Craig’s professional passions are in the areas of coproduction, asset based approaches and leadership at all levels. Out with work, he enjoys spending time with family, running, golfing and is still involved in grassroots football coaching.

Follow Craig on Twitter @CMcraigmorris