Public appointment: Member appointed to Scottish Social Services Council Board

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The Minister for Children and Young People today announced the appointment of Lindsay MacDonald as a Member of the Scottish Social Services Council Board.


Lindsay MacDonald’s 30+ year career has been spent largely in major projects encompassing rail, property, infrastructure and telecoms. Employers have included Standard Chartered Bank plc, Network Rail, Bechtel inc and Capita plc.

Lindsay MacDonald’s last corporate accountability before turning to non-executive roles was as Managing Director of Capita’s Transport for London business. Notable successes included the delivery of the first 4G capability in an underground environment in the UK on London’s Jubilee line. Other major activities included the replacement of London’s traffic control system infrastructure which also supported the ULEZ and Congestion Charging schemes.

Lindsay MacDonald is particularly interested in setting strategic objectives, effective monitoring of delivery metrics and linking financial and operational performance of which he has significant amounts of experience and knowledge.

Lindsay MacDonald is also a non-executive director of the Clyde Valley Housing Group and sits on its Audit and Risk Committee.


This appointment will be for three years and will run from 1 February 2023 to 31 January 2026.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £154.13 for a time commitment of 60 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

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


Scottish Social Services Council are the regulator for the social work, social care and early years workforce in Scotland.

Their work means the people of Scotland can count on social work, social care and early years services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

SSSC protects the public by registering social workers, social care and early years workers, setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education and by supporting their professional development. Where people fall below the standards of practice and conduct they can investigate and take action.

Scottish Social Services Council:

  • publish the national codes of practice for people working in social work, social care and early years services and their employers
  • register people working in social work, social care and early years and make sure they adhere to our codes of practice
  • promote and regulate their learning and development
  • are the national lead for workforce development and planning for the social work, social care and early years workforce in Scotland.

The SSSC Register was set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 to regulate social service workers and to promote their education and training.

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