Social care - Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation: recommendation report

The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR) of social care support in Scotland: recommendation report provided by Dame Sue Bruce. The IRISR explored how social care support and linked services are inspected, scrutinised and regulated in Scotland.

Appendix A

Chair - Dame Sue Bruce DBE

M.Phil. ;LLB; Dip; D.Univ Hon (University of Strathclyde); D.Univ, Hon (Heriot-Watt University)


Sue Bruce has 40 years of public sector experience, followed by a portfolio of non-executive director roles including SSE PLC; Convener of the Court of the University of Strathclyde; Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chair of the Prince’s Foundation. She is the Electoral Commissioner for Scotland and a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh. In recent activity Sue has been the Independent Chair of the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and other Measures and a member of the Advisory group on Economic Recovery, both commissioned by the Scottish Government.

Sue Bruce retired from a career in local government in 2015 in her 40th year of public service having started her career in community education specialising in social and economic regeneration and latterly served as Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council having previously been Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and Chief Executive at East Dunbartonshire Council.

Vice Chair - Stuart Currie

Mr Stuart Currie has 15 years’ experience of being a Local Councillor with East Lothian Council having served as the Depute Leader with responsibility for Housing. In May 2022, when he stepped down from Local Government, he had latterly served as the Spokesperson for Health and Social Care for The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) with responsibility for Integration, Public Health and Mental Health.

Stuart previously was a member of Independent Review of Adult Social Care and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director with the Scottish Ambulance Service and the State Hospital for Scotland.

Independent review panel members

Neelam Bakshi (FRSA) – Neelam has 30 years of public and third sector experience across health, local and Scottish Government, equality commissions and broadcasting. She currently holds a variety of posts including Lay Member and Depute Convenor (Staff) of University Court at the University of Strathclyde, Board Member of The Judicial Appointments Board Scotland and Public Appointments Adviser to The Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life Scotland as well as serving as a lay member on judicial tribunals.

Gordon Black MB, ChB, FRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, MSc – Gordon was a panel member from September 2022 to April 2023, he then resigned from the IRP due to work priorities.

Lillian Cringles – Lillian was previously North Lanarkshire Council Manager of Justice and is now the Chief Social Worker at Dumfries and Galloway Council. Children, families, and criminal justice services fall within her purview which intersects with the alcohol, drug and mental health agenda. Lillian retired from her post as Chief Social Worker on 15th June 2023.

Lee Knifton – Lee is a Reader in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde.

Megan Moffat – Megan is the Policy and Public Affairs Officer at Who Cares? Scotland. Who Cares? Scotland advocates for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for all care experienced people. It provides individual relationship- based independent advocacy for care experienced people along with a range of connection and participation opportunities. Being care-experienced herself, Megan has a particular interest in The Promise.

Paul Redfern CMIIA, CIA, QIAL, MSc – Paul is an Audit Committee Adviser to The Electoral Commission and an Audit Committee Member of The Together Housing Group.

Professor Kate Sang – Kate is Professor of Gender and Employment Studies at Heriot-Watt University where she is also the Director for the Centre for Research on Employment, Work and the Professions.

Satjit Singh (FRSA) – Satjit has previously been appointed as CEO of two healthcare professionals’ regulatory bodies. In addition, he was appointed Director at The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now The Professional Standards Authority), an Arms-Length Body. Prior to this, he acted as Finance Director of various organisations within the NHS. During the Olympics, he was the Lead Commissioner for Health.

David Strang CBE, QPM – David served as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland 2013-18. He was appointed Chair of the Scottish Government’s Drug Deaths Taskforce in January 2022. He oversaw the publication of the Taskforce’s Final Report, ‘Changing Lives’, which sets out an evidence-based strategy for tackling Scotland’s drug deaths crisis.



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