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The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Board

About the SCTS Board

SCTS is a judicially-led public body, with the composition of the Board set in statute. Chaired by the Lord President, Scotland’s most senior judge, its membership is drawn from those holding judicial office, those with a legal background and independent members from outwith the justice system.

The SCTS Board sets the strategic direction of SCTS, makes the key decisions and monitors progress to ensure the delivery of strategic priorities. The Board is supported by four committees covering audit and risk, people, remuneration, and estates, health and safety, fire and security. Each of the committees oversees major projects and programmes relevant to its area, providing specialist direction and guidance to ensure effective project and programme management at a strategic level.  

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 - Lady Wise

Lady Wise is the President of Scottish Tribunals. She was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in February 2013.

She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked in general civil litigation. She called to the bar in 1993 and practised in civil work, specialising in family law. In 2005 she became Queen’s Counsel and from 2008 sat part time as a temporary judge until she was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice. She was a judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal for three years until December 2018.

She has served as one of the two Family Court judges in the Court of Session and is a member of the Hague Network of Judges dealing with International Child Abduction cases.

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 Anwar

Aisha Anwar was appointed Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway in April, 2020.

She was appointed as a part-time sheriff in 2011 and a resident sheriff at Glasgow Sheriff Court in 2014 and has been a designated family law and commercial law sheriff. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1996 and from the University of Oxford (Bachelor of Civil Law) in 1998.

She was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. From 2009 to 2012 she became a partner and head of litigation for Scotland in a global law firm. She co-authored the Civil Bench Book for Sheriffs on behalf of the Judicial Institute and was previously appointed to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Board in 2018. She was appointed to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland in 2021.

Sheriff Principal Anwar and has been heavily involved in the reform of the summary criminal proceedings in the sheriff court and currently serves on the Summary Case Management Pilot Board. In 2017, she provided a letter to the children involved in a contact dispute (Patrick v Patrick), which explained her decision in plain simple language. It was praised by those working in family law, and featured in a performance of Letters Live during the Edinburgh International Festival.

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.  She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen.  She was based in Aberdeen until 2011 and at various stages she had been a partner in Brander & Cruickshank WS, and a tax partner in Arthur Young and latterly Ernst & Young.  She was a non-executive Board member of Aberdeen Royal Hospital NHS Trust and a Board member of Aberdeen Harbour Board and a governor of the Robert Gordon University.  She has also been a non-executive director of other companies.  She has been a Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber of the UK First-tier Tribunal from 1995 until 2022 and a legal member of the Council Tax Reduction Review Panel from 2013 until 2022.  She is still a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and a Judge in the UK First-tier Tribunal Tax Chamber.

Justice of the Peace (JP)

Dr David Caddick

Dr Caddick was appointed as a JP on the Inverness Bench in 2018. He holds a first degree, 3 masters degrees and a PhD and was awarded the MBE in 1995. In his earlier career he served as a Wing Commander in the RAF, worked as the Head of Skills Development for a regional development agency and spent a decade running his own management consultancy business specialising in organisational development and human resource management. He recently retired from his academic career as a lecturer in strategic leadership and management at the University of the Highlands and Islands Business School. He is a part-time member of the RAF Reserve and has been mobilised to serve on operations in Afghanistan, as part of the military response to Covid19 in Scotland and more recently as a United Nations Liaison Officer in Korea.

Advocate Member

Ruth Innes KC

Ruth M Innes KC was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2005 and took silk in 2018.  A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, she has specialised in family law throughout her career. She has been appointed as senior counsel to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry with responsibility for the foster care case study. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Solicitor Member

Lynsey Walker

Lynsey Walker is Partner and Solicitor Advocate of the firm of Addleshaw Goddard LLP. She is a commercial litigator, specialising in banking and insolvency litigation. She heads the firm's Finance Litigation team in Scotland and is a ranked lawyer in this field (Chambers 2021). Lynsey is a Graduate of the University of Edinburgh and was previously a Board Member of the Law Society of Scotland. In 2013, Lynsey qualified as a Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience in civil cases.

Steven Dickson 

Steven Dickson retired from BT in 2021 after 32 years where he held various senior positions in sales operations, finance and revenue assurance. During his career he led BT’s global contract assurance program, leading large diverse teams across the world, providing risk based financial assurance for large multinational organisations. He has a keen interest in pensions, environmental issues, employee relations, reward, equality, diversity and inclusion. Steven is also a member of the board of the Scottish Water and the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.

Margaret (Maggie) Craig 

Maggie spent all her executive career in the financial services industry most recently spending 9 years at the Financial Conduct Authority.  Alongside her day job at the FCA, Maggie regularly lectured on financial services regulation at Glasgow College and Heriot Watt University.

Maggie sits on the Independent Governance Committee for the Phoenix Group’s workplace pensions and is Chair of Children 1st. Scotland’s national children’s charity. She is an external examiner for the Financial Services and Regulation Skills module of the Diploma at The University of Edinburgh Law School and is an honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Maggie has been active on Diversity and Inclusion issues for several years with particular focus on mental health issues in part because she lives with a significant mental health condition.

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.