Public appointment: Convener reappointed to the Risk Management Authority

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans announced the reappointment of David Crawford as Convener of the Risk Management Authority.


David Crawford is a qualified social worker and worked in local authority social work in Scotland for more than 30 years.  He was the Director of Social Work for Renfrewshire Council from 2001 to 2007 and then the Executive Director of Social Care Services with Glasgow City Council until his retirement from local government in 2012.  Mr Crawford has an extensive background in criminal justice work including five years as manager of the social work service in Barlinnie Prison and was a member of the Maclean Committee which recommended the setting up of the Risk Management Authority.


This reappointment was for one month and began on 1 April 2023 to 30 April 2023.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is full-time and attracts a remuneration of £321.28 for a time commitment of 25 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Crawford does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.  

Mr Crawford has had no political activity within the last five years.


This announcement is being made to comply with the Ethical Standards Commissioners Code of Practice for Public Appointments.

The RMA’s strategic purpose is to make Scotland safer by setting the standard for risk practice to reduce reoffending and the harm it causes.  This is broken down into three strategic aims which outline the three stages of the RMA’s work to support risk practice in Scotland.  These aims also inform the RMA’s objectives which are set out in its annual Business Plan.  The strategic aims are as follows:

  • DEVELOP:  The RMA will advance evidence-based, effective and ethical risk practice;

  • IMPLEMENT:  The RMA will support partner agencies to deliver evidence-based, effective and ethical risk practice; and

  • EVALUATE:  The RMA will work with partner agencies to evaluate the quality and impact of risk practice.

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