Public appointment: Member reappointed to Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland

Public appointments news release

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs today announced the reappointment of Elizabeth Burnley as a Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.


Elizabeth Burnley has a background in Occupational Psychology, HR and General Management. Her career started within the manufacturing industry, in railway and chemical engineering. After leading a company manufacturing industrial locomotives, she moved into consultancy in team development and assessment and selection methods, an area she then undertook for the Boots Company plc. After experience as a non-executive director within the NHS, she now chairs fitness to practise hearings for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She was a Lay Assistant to JABS from January 2016. She has a BSc and MSc from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from the Open University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Derby. As a volunteer, she was Chief Guide for 5 years and continues as an active volunteer.


This reappointment will be for 4 years and will run from 9 August 2022 to 8 August 2026.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £296 per day for a time commitment of 40 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Elizabeth Burnley 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.   

Elizabeth Burnley has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Board became an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) on the 1st June 2009 under the provisions of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.

The Board's responsibilities under the Act are that:

a) selection of an individual to be recommended for appointment must be solely on merit;

b) the Board may select an individual only if it is satisfied that the individual is of good character; and

c) in carrying out its functions, the Board must have regard to the need to encourage diversity in the range of individuals available for selection to be recommended for appointment to a judicial office. This is subject to the provisions a) and b) above.

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