Public appointment: Members reappointed to the Care Inspectorate Board

Public appointments news release

The Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd MSP today announced the reappointments of Mrs Rona Fraser and Prof Paul Gray as Members of the Care Inspectorate Board.


Rona Fraser has over 30 years’ experience as a social worker and manager within the field of criminal justice social work. Her commitment to partnership working and the values of social work and public service remain as strong now as when she started working as a social worker. She was formerly the Senior Manager for Community Justice for the City of Edinburgh Council and has a particular interest in cross-cutting issues such as domestic abuse, women in the criminal justice system and the development of trauma informed services and leadership and has had a key role in developing these. She also has extensive experience of the risk assessment and management of offenders, including establishing the MAPPA arrangements in Edinburgh.  She has been a Board member of the Care Inspectorate since March 2020 and has recently been appointed to the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation.

Paul Gray is an experienced senior executive leader in public service, with a strong emphasis on ethical and compassionate leadership, transparency and collaborative working for the benefit of those we serve. Committed to public accountability, experienced in leading delivery and change in complex systems, he is comfortable with exposure to scrutiny in highly visible and politically contested sectors. Paul spent 40 years in the civil service, leaving in 2019. He held a number of director general posts in Scottish government from 2009 onwards, culminating in the role of chief executive of NHS Scotland and DG health and social care. During his civil service career, he served all of the main parties of government in both the UK and devolved administrations. Paul now has a diverse portfolio covering academia and the public, private and third sectors. He is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland’s member of council for the Open University, and patron of Medics Against Violence. He is a senior faculty member at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), a Lay Member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, and a senior advisor to public affairs firm Charlotte Street Partners.


Mrs Fraser’s reappointment will be for four years and will run from 16 March 2024 to 15 March 2028.

Prof Gray’s reappointment will be for two years and will run from 16 March 2024 to 15 March 2026.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £187.08 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.


Mrs Fraser is a member of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation, for which she receives a remuneration of £450 per day for a time commitment of eight days per year.

Prof Gray has recently  been appointed as a Lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, taking up this role from 1 November 2023; for which he will receive a remuneration of £296 per day for a time commitment of 40 days per annum. He is also a Civil Service Commissioner, for which he receives a remuneration of £400 per day, for a time commitment of up to 80 days per annum. Prof Gray will step down from his role as a Civil Service Commissioner on 31 December 2023.


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.   

Mrs Fraser and Prof Gray have had no political activity within the last five years.


The Care Inspectorate is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and it came into being on 1st April 2011 under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects care services in Scotland to make sure they meet the right standards. They also jointly inspect with other regulators to check how well different organisations in local areas work to support adults and children. Set up by Scottish Government, and accountable to Scottish Ministers, it is the Care Inspectorate’s job to assure and protect everyone that uses these services. They work to make sure everyone gets safe, high quality care that meets their needs and respects their rights. The Care Inspectorate has around 600 staff working across Scotland.

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