Who We Are
DPEA's senior management team is made up of the Interim Chief Reporter, Scott Ferrie; the three Assistant Chief Reporters, Allison Coard, Karen Heywood and David Liddell; the Head of Performance and Administration, David Henderson; and the Principal Reporters, David Buylla, Claire Milne, Robert Seaton and Alasdair Edwards.
Assistant Chief Reporter Dan Jackman retired in May 2022 and reporter Karen Black retired at the beginning of April 22. Ailie Callan and Philip McLean took up reporter positions with us in March and May 2022 respectively. Our self-employed reporter panel was depleted by Sinead Lynch taking up a salaried position but it has since been augmented by the addition of Fortune Gumbo, Christian Leigh, Michael McGlynn, Euan McLaughlin and Tammy Swift-Adams.
Whilst our office in Falkirk has now fully re-opened, our staff are working a variety of different patterns involving working from home and the office, balancing their own working pattern preferences with DPEA's business need . Our organisational chart at Appendix B shows our management and administrative structure.
Our reporters are listed at Appendix C. Although they are home based they are in regular contact with members of the casework support team and work closely with them. Reporters have a variety of professional backgrounds albeit most are planners.
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