Public appointment: Member reappointed to Boundaries Scotland

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Parliamentary Business announced the reappointment of Gordon Macmillan as a Member of Boundaries Scotland.


Gordon Macmillan is a graduate of Aberdeen University with an honours degree in Politics and Economics. He was a senior journalist and media executive for more than thirty-five years, working for the BBC in London and Scotland, CNN in Atlanta USA and most recently with STV as Head of News. At STV he oversaw the broadcaster’s coverage of political issues at local, regional and national level. He led the teams covering Holyrood elections, European Parliament campaigns, Westminster elections as well as local government elections and the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum. Gordon has a proven track record of objective assessment of political issues and has a developed understanding of Scotland’s political landscape and the concerns and interests of local communities.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 19 November 2022 to 18 November 2026.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £219 per day for a time commitment of up to two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Gordon MacMillan 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.   

Gordon MacMillan 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. Full details of the legislation surrounding the Commission's work are available on the Legislation page.

Boundaries Scotland is supported in its work by a small Secretariat.

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