Public appointment: Deputy Chair reappointed to Boundaries Scotland

Public appointments news release.

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, Mr Swinney, announced the reappointment of Ailsa Henderson as Deputy Chair of Boundaries Scotland.

Deputy Chair

Ailsa Henderson is Professor of Political Science at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches courses on research design, quantitative methods, UK and comparative politics and conducts research on comparative voting, elections and political culture. She was appointed a Commissioner of Boundaries Scotland (formerly LGBCS) in 2013 and appointed Deputy Chair in 2017. Since 2016 she has served simultaneously as a Commissioner on the Boundary Commission for Scotland.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2025.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £252 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Ailsa Henderson 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.   

Ailsa Henderson  has had no political activity within the last five years. 


Boundaries Scotland is responsible for carrying out reviews of:

  • the boundaries of local authority areas
  • carrying out reviews of electoral wards for local authorities
  • responding to requests for reviews of electoral wards or local authority areas and
  • carrying out reviews of constituencies and regions for the Scottish Parliament

Boundaries Scotland is an Advisory Non-departmental Public Body sponsored and wholly funded by the Scottish Government. It is an independent, non-political body created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

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