Accounts Commission for Scotland

Chair Douglas Sinclair retires.

The Chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, Douglas Sinclair, has retired from his post.

Mr Sinclair has been chair of the Commission since 1 December 2013, and is stepping down due to ill-health. The Deputy Chair of the Commission, Ronnie Hinds, will act as Chair until further notice.

Minister for Local Government Kevin Stewart said:

“Douglas first joined the commission as a member before becoming deputy chair and chair. His commitment has been substantial and I thank him for his service.

“His long and distinguished career in local government undoubtedly helped inform his leadership of the commission. He has always worked to promote the commission’s integrity and impartiality and was much respected in his stewardship. I’m sure he will be missed by many.

“I would also like to thank Ronnie Hinds for taking over on a temporary basis. The process of finding a permanent successor to Douglas Sinclair as Chair is underway.”


The Accounts Commission for Scotland

Douglas Sinclair has held the following senior positions in the public sector:

  • Chair, Accounts Commission, December 2013 – date
  • Deputy Chair, Accounts Commission, 2009 – 2014
  • Member, Accounts Commission, 2007-09
  • Chair, Scotland Committee, Consumer Futures, 2013 – 2015
  • Chair, Consumer Focus Scotland, 2008-13
  • Chair, Scottish Consumer Council, 2006-08
  • Chief Executive, Fife Council, 1999-2006
  • Chief Executive, COSLA, 1995-99
  • Chief Executive, Central Regional Council, 1990-95
  • Chief Executive, Ross & Cromarty District Council, 1985-90
  • Depute Director of Administration, then Director of Administration, Western Isles Council, 1975-85

The Chair, Deputy Chair and members of the Accounts Commission are appointed by Scottish Ministers.  The Chair appointment is part-time, and attracts a remuneration of £320 per day for a time commitment of approximately ten and a half days per month.


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