Public appointment: Member and interim Deputy Chair appointment extended on the Accounts Commission for Scotland

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The Minister for Local Government, Empowerment and Planning, announced the extension to the appointment of Tim McKay as a Member and interim Deputy Chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland.

Member and interim Deputy Chair

Tim McKay worked as an accountant in financial services, before moving to an academic post at Napier University as Head of Accounting and Finance. During this time, he has lectured internationally in China, Poland, Australia and various other countries. Since joining the Accounts Commission, he has served as Chair of NHS Scotland Pension Board and as Chair of the Audit committee at the Scottish Legal Aid Board.


This extension will be for one year and will run from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023.

This extension is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This extension is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £265 per day for a time commitment of up to two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Tim McKay 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. 

Tim McKay has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Accounts Commission is the public body responsible for reporting on the performance and spending within Scotland’s 32 councils, 30 Integration Joint Boards and other local government joint boards.

The Accounts Commission plays a significant role in Scottish public life, providing independent assurance to citizens about their local councils’ use of public money and about how these councils are performing. The Commission holds councils and joint boards to account and ensure that they provide best value for their communities. The Commission operates independently of councils and of the Scottish Government, and reports in public.

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