Buchanan and St Ambrose High School Campus Independent Review


Folllowing consultation with North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire, the Scottish Government asked Paul Cackette, the Chief Planning Reporter, and Dr Margaret Hannah, a former Director of Public Health, to undertake an independent and impartial review of the evidence in relation to the reported health and safety concerns at Buchanan and St Ambrose High School campus, including the history and construction and maintenance of this site.

The primary purpose of the review is to provide further reassurance to the local community. 

This process has the full support of both the North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire who recognise everything possible must be done to address the concerns which have been raised locally. 

The review aims to report before the start of the school term in August 2019.


  • Paul Cackette, Chief Planning Reporter, Scottish Government (since August 2016) - from May 2018 to June 2019, Paul was Director of Legal Services, the most senior lawyer in the government legal service in Scotland. He joined the Scottish Government in November 1988 and was appointed to the senior civil service in 2000. Paul studied Law at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • Margaret Hannah, Director of Health Programmes, International Futures Forum - from 2016 to 2018 Margaret was Director of Public Health in NHS Fife, with responsibility for Health protection and health improvement for the region. She trained as a doctor and is a graduate of Cambridge University, with specialist public health training in Hong Kong and London. She has lived and worked in Scotland since 1996.