Public Appointments

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 29th January 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-22423

To ask the Scottish Executive how many independent assessors oversee the public appointments system and how much they are paid.

Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour

I am pleased to announce that following an open competition towards the end of last year 12 new Independent Assessors have been appointed for a period of three years commencing 1 January 2002. This increases the total number of current assessors from 14 to 26 (10 men, 16 women, three people from an ethnic minority background and 1 disabled person) and brings the total number of assessors back up to the June 2001 level (there were 25 assessors in post in June).

With effect from 1 January, all assessors will now be paid a daily fee of £150 or £250 subject to the level of their involvement in the appointments process. This policy change brings the Executive in line with the majority of Whitehall Departments. The overall financial implications are minimal, in the region of £13,000 per annum.

Brief details of the new Independents are as follows:

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Mr John Anderson

Professional Officer, Professional Association of Teachers

Anja Ansel

Retired. Former Director and Secretary, Scottish YMCA Housing Association

Ijaz Ashraf

Chair of Central Scotland Racial Equality Council, Case worker, Wester Hailes Representative Council Ltd

Dr Dorothy Bell

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of Clinical Psychology for Adults with Learning Disabilities – Forth Valley Primary Care NHS Trust

Frances Buckler

Business Improvement Director, Rolls Royce, Glasgow

Peter Burdon

Independent Director/Consultant. Director, Scottish University for Industry

Karen Carlton

Partner, Carlton Edgar (organisation development consultancy)

Kathleen Davies

Freelance writer/book editor, general and educational publishing

Robin Jordan

Senior Partner, Robin Jordan Associates (Management and Human Resources Consultants)

Paul Matheson

Senior Training Officer, Strathclyde Police

Daniel Tierney

Lecturer, Jordanhill College, Edinburgh

Dr Alex Wright

University Lecturer, Dept of Politics, University of Dundee

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