Public appointment: members reappointed to Independent Living Fund Scotland

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP today announced the reappointments of Elizabeth Humphreys and Elizabeth McAtear as members of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland.


Elizabeth Humphreys has over 30 years’ experience in the public and voluntary sectors, during which time she has championed the needs of disabled people and individuals with other protected characteristics through a wide variety of roles, securing improved service and support for both customers and staff.  In addition to her role as Vice-Chair of the ILF Scotland, she is Chair of Drake Music Scotland, Scotland’s leading music organisation for disabled learners and artists. She is also the Whistleblowing Champion Member on the Scottish Ambulance Service and Public Health Scotland, and is a Trustee of the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Elizabeth McAtear has spent almost 30 years’ working in the third sector and in public service.  She brings a broad range of skills and experience to ILF Scotland.  Elizabeth’s previous involvement in local government, health service, higher education management and Gaelic language development enables her to contribute to good governance, financial control monitoring and strategic development, in addition to confidently question and challenge constructively at Board level.


The reappointments will be for two years and will run from 8 August 2022 to 7 August 2024.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £184.39 per day for a time commitment of one day per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Elizabeth Humphreys is the Whistleblowing Champion Member on the Scottish Ambulance Service and Public Health Scotland Boards.  For each of these roles, she receives remuneration of £8,842 per annum, for a time commitment of one day per week. 

Elizabeth McAtear 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 Humphreys and Elizabeth McAtear have had no political activity within the last five years.


The Independent Living Fund (ILF) Scotland is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB), governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by and accountable to Scottish Ministers.  ILF Scotland operates as a discretionary fund providing financial awards to approx. 4,500 disabled people in Scotland and Northern Ireland to help them live independently.  This funding enables individuals to pay for support so that they can live with control, choice and dignity in their homes and within their local communities.  This includes the 2015 Fund, which provides a regular 4-weekly independent living payment and the Transition Fund for 16-25 year-olds, providing grants, for up to one year, to support young disabled people.


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