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The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Board

Members by Virtue of the Offices They Hold

Lord President (Chairman of the Board) - The Rt Hon Lord Carloway

Lord Carloway is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) and was admitted to the Faculty or Advocates in 1977.  He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990 having previously been an advocate depute for three years.  He became a judge in 2000 and was appointed to the Second Division of the Inner House eight years later.  He was Lord Justice Clerk from August 2012 till December 2015. 

His report into criminal law and practice included recommendations for far reaching changes to our justice system, many of which were taken forward into legislation through the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, which was approved by the Scottish Parliament.  He also led the steering group overseeing the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service review into Evidence and Procedure, including options for improving how children and other vulnerable witnesses provide evidence in criminal cases

Lord Justice Clerk –The Rt Hon Lady Dorrian

Lady Dorrian was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005, having served as a Temporary Judge since 2002.  She was appointed to the Inner House in November 2012 and, in April 2016, was appointed Lord Justice Clerk.

 
A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Lady Dorrian was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 before becoming Standing Junior Counsel to the Health & Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994.

She served as Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991 and as Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994.  Lady Dorrian was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994.  Between 1997 and 2001 she was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

President of the Scottish Tribunals – The Rt Hon Lord Woolman

Lord Woolman was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2008. He was appointed to the Second Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session in February 2020. He is a graduate of Aberdeen University. Between 1978 and 1987 he was a lecturer at Edinburgh University, where for 3 years he was the Associate Dean of the Law School. In 1987 he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. He was Standing Junior Counsel for the Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Defence (Procurement) and the Office of Fair Trading and was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 1998.

From 1999 to 2002 he served as an advocate depute, and between 2004 and 2008 he was Keeper of the Advocates Library. He was formerly chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting, the Bar Mediation Group and the Free Legal Services Unit. He was assigned as President of the Scottish Tribunals in August, 2020. He is the author of a book on the Scots law of contract and is a former deputy chair of the Boundary Commission for Scotland.

Chief Executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service – Eric McQueen

Eric McQueen was appointed as Chief Executive of the Scottish Court Service (SCS) on 1 January 2013.  He joined the SCS in 2003 as Director for Grampian, Highland and Islands, before being appointed in 2006 as Executive Director Field Services with over-arching responsibility for all operational services throughout the Scottish Court Service.

 

Judicial Members

Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull

A graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Craig Turnbull was admitted as a solicitor in 1988, working for A.C.White in Ayr and Levy & McRae in Glasgow before joining MacRoberts in 1993. He became a partner there in 1997, specialising in commercial and construction disputes and health and safety and environmental prosecutions, and served as the managing partner from 2011 to 2014. He was appointed as a part-time sheriff in 2011 and became a full-time sheriff in 2014.  On 1 September 2016 he was appointed as Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.

Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov

Sheriff Pasportnikov has been the resident sheriff at Elgin following her appointment in 2015.  A graduate of the University of Dundee, she was admitted as a solicitor in 1991. After training at Balfour and Manson, she worked in private practice, latterly specialising in Family Law at Russel and Aitken. She worked at the Law Society of Scotland in Client Relations from 1998 to 2003.  From 2003 she worked with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service until her appointment to the bench.  She was formerly the Convenor of the Fife Young Carers Management Committee.

Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown

Jillian Martin-Brown was appointed as a sheriff in Dundee in 2019, having served as a summary sheriff since 2016. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, she was a solicitor in private practice for six years and an advocate for six years. As a solicitor, she represented the Scottish Prison Service at Fatal Accident Inquiries throughout Scotland. At the Bar, she developed particular expertise in the fields of personal injury and medical negligence, for which she achieved a Band 1 ranking in The Legal 500 and appeared at the Supreme Court.  She was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and served as an ad-hoc Advocate Depute.  As a summary sheriff, she had particular responsibility for the Problem Solving Court in Forfar. She was appointed as a commercial sheriff in 2020.

Anne Scott

Anne Scott was appointed as President of the Tax Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland in 2017 and the Social Security Chamber in 2018. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Anne was based in Aberdeen until 2011 and at various stages she had been a partner in Brander & Cruickshank WS, a tax partner in Arthur Young and Ernst & Young, a board member at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and also Aberdeen Harbour Board and a Governor of the Robert Gordon University as well as a non-executive director of other companies.

She has been a Judge in the UK First-tier Tribunal Tax Chamber since its inception, a Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber for many years and since their inception, a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, and the Council Tax Reduction Review Panel.

Morna Rae JP

Morna Rae has been a Justice of the Peace in North Strathclyde since 2016.  A Law graduate from Glasgow University she has worked in a range of welfare, planning and partnership development roles for North Ayrshire Council since 1999.

Advocate Member

Dr Kirsty J Hood

Kirsty Hood was admitted to the Faulty of Advocates in 2001 and has a varied civil practice, with particular expertise in cross border issues. She is the author of “Conflict of Laws within the UK”. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow.

 

Solicitor Member

Mr Simon J D Catto

Simon Catto is a practising solicitor advocate and member (partner) of the firm HBJ Gateley, where he is Head of Litigation specialising in commercial, insolvency and sport.  He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and in 2007 qualified as a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience in civil cases.

 

Members from Outside the Justice System

Mr Joseph Martin Al-Gharabally

Joe Al-Gharabally graduated from Napier University with a BEng (Degree) Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1990 and an MBA 1995. He has held a number of senior positions and directorships and worked in banking and technology before heading up the Financial Services retail banking sector group for Deloitte Consulting in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Joe joined global accountancy firm Ernst & Young in 2006, and is a senior director where he leads the UK banking performance improvement practice, as well as a number of areas including operations, recruitment, learning & development, diversity and inclusiveness.

Colonel (Retired) John David McIlroy, BSc CEng FICE

David McIlroy retired from active service in October 2015 after 34 years as an Officer in the British Army at Command and on the Staff, as well as directing and delivering complex projects in a NATO environment in both European Headquarters and in Afghanistan.  During his career he commanded increasingly larger units and organisations and has extensive senior management experience within the Ministry of Defence in diverse environments both nationally and internationally. 

A graduate of Glasgow University, David McIlroy qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer and became a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers during his career.  He has led multi-discipline engineer groups responsible for the design, delivery and project management of infrastructure development plans in support of British Forces conducting operations abroad.

 

Dr Sophie Flemig

Dr Sophie Flemig is the Chief Executive of Cattanach, an independent funder supporting work with infants and very young children. Prior to this, she was the Director of Public Policy at the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, and the Assistant Director at the Centre for Service Excellence, University of Edinburgh Business School. Dr Flemig has researched and published on service management, co-production, and the use of digital in public services, including legal services, at different UK universities. Her career started in consultancy, specialising in change management and digitalisation projects across Europe and North America. She is particularly interested in how we can overcome inequalities and power imbalances to allow vulnerable service users a position as equals in public service design and delivery.

 A graduate of Brasenose College, University of Oxford, Dr Flemig holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2006) and an M.Phil in Politics (2008) from this institution, as well as a PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Toronto. She is due to graduate with an LLB from the University of London in 2020, which she has been pursuing part-time alongside her career.