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Scottish Charity Appeals Panel

Following open competition, Scottish Ministers have appointed a pool of 8 chairs and 16 members assessed as meeting the required criteria and demonstrating the competences required for appointment. Appointments are for a period of four years with effect from 1 October 2006.

A Panel will comprise a chair, who must be a qualified solicitor, and two members. Selection of a chair and Panel members to address specific appeals will be on a rota basis taking into account availability, geographical proximity and potential conflicts of interest.

The Panel is independent of Ministers but is accountable to them. The chairs and members of the panel must abide by the principles of collective responsibility and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting public office. They must also identify in a register of members’ interests certain interests to ensure that no conflicts arise between their outside interests and their appointment or any particular case.

Members

CHAIRS

Saria Akhter, Solicitor
Glasgow

Aileen Devanny, Solicitor
Motherwell

Joseph Hughes, Solicitor Advocate
Bothwell

Jackie McGuire, Solicitor
Aberuthven

Gary McIlravey, Solicitor
Dundee

Norman Phillips, Solicitor
Inverness

John Walker, Solicitor
Ayr

William Wood, Solicitor
Stirling

MEMBERS

Cllr Jeremy Balfour, Minister of Religion
Edinburgh

Lesley Clare, Tribunal Member
Gullane

Neil Dickson, Senior University Teacher
Kelso

George Finlayson, Retired Diplomat
Edinburgh

Cllr Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Chartered Secretary
Livingston

Asif Haseeb, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland
Glasgow

Corynne Maclean, Development Manager
Newmills, Fife

Robert Mayes, Retired Banker
Falkirk

Mary McKenna, Social Worker
Edinburgh

Catriona McPhee-Smith, Chief Executive, Inspire Ltd
Aberdeen

Nicholas Morris, Retired
Cupar

Patricia Paton, Retired
Dundee

Maary Paulson-Ellis, Project Worker
Edinburgh

Jenny Simpson, Chartered Accountant
Glasgow

Michael Watters, Judge
Glasgow

Catriona Whitfield, Chartered Accountant
Helmsdale