New Board Members Appointed to the Scottish Police Authority

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice today announced the appointment of three new Board Members to the Scottish Police Authority.

George Graham, Nicola Marchant and Elaine Wilkinson will complement the skills and experience of current Members. They have all been appointed for four years.

The SPA plays a pivotal role in holding Police Scotland to account. As well as its crucial oversight role, the SPA is accountable for policing’s budget of more than £1 billion and for driving continuous improvement in policing for the people of Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said: “Policing is a vital public service we all depend on every day to keep us safe.

“The SPA, working closely with Police Scotland have maintained policing’s contribution to the downward trend in crime, overseen reductions in the cost of policing to protect services in the face of UK spending reductions, and made strategic investments in new technology and infrastructure to prepare the service for the future.

“Two years in is the right time to strengthen the Board and complement the skills and experience of the current Members, as we embark on this next phase of reform which will deliver a truly integrated and transformed single service.

“I am pleased to be able to appoint George Graham, Nicola Marchant and Elaine Wilkinson. They will bring further energy and expertise. I am sure they will all make an excellent contribution to the governance of Scottish policing in the years ahead.”

Scottish Police Authority Chair Vic Emery said: “We already have a broad range of knowledge, experience and skills within the SPA board and these new colleagues will add to that in the fields of policing, people, and finance. That range of experiences, and the collaborative networks they bring with them, will build our governance capability and also complement the professional skills of Police Scotland in anticipating the strategic challenges ahead.

“I am also pleased that these appointments take the SPA an important step towards being ever more representative of the communities we serve through increasing the gender balance in our boardroom.”

George Graham retired after completing 31 years in the Scottish police service. He was former Deputy Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, Chief Constable of Northern Constabulary and also HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland between January 2013 and January 2014.

George does not hold any other Ministerial Appointments.

Nicola Marchant has experience across diverse and complex businesses. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical industry, a global HR professional, and leading public policy at FTSE 100 company AstraZeneca.

Nicola does not hold any other Ministerial Appointments.

Elaine Wilkinson is a management accountant who worked in the public sector for 15 years after gaining several years’ experience in the private and voluntary sectors. Now resident in Scotland, she has held a number of senior policy, operational and corporate services positions in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.  As Head of Security Policy and Operations, she had policy lead for the NI Organised Crime Taskforce and the normalisation agenda associated with policing and security in response to political developments.

Elaine is a Board member of NHS Highland and receives remuneration of £8080 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

These appointments are for four years and will run from May 4 2015 to May 3 2019.

These appointments are part-time and attract remuneration of £300 per day for a time commitment of up to five days per month (in line with revised arrangements for all existing members as from 1 April 2015).

These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years – if there is any to be declared – to be made public.  None of the appointees have undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

Today’s appointments mean that six of the 14 members of the SPA are female