Public appointment: members reappointed to the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

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The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP, today announced the reappointments of Cindy Mackie and David Hall as Members of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.


Cindy Mackie is an independent consultant with occupational experience in the public, private, and voluntary sectors and currently performs a number of Associate roles within the area of Regulation. She is a Tribunal member with the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service, where she is engaged in a decision making role in Fitness to Practise proceedings and has also served in this capacity with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Social Care Council. She is engaged in a chairing role in quality assurance / educational standards inspections across the UK with the General Dental Council and acts as a lay assessor in some medical membership assessments. She is also involved voluntarily, in school governance. Cindy brings knowledge of health regulation, public protection, safeguarding, and human rights. She is educated to graduate level with additional qualifications in human resource management and learning and development.

David Hall has over 25 years’ experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Manager.  He has been a leader in service redesign and quality improvement at a local, national and international level.  He was Scottish National Clinical Lead for two major improvement programmes – most recently, the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Mental Health.  David has carried out research and worked in the field of suicide prevention and is currently a member of the National Suicide Prevention Group.


These reappointments will be for four years, and will run from 1st May 2022 to 30th April 2026.

These reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a daily fee of £225.23 for a time commitment of up to 15 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Cindy Mackie and David Hall do not hold any other ministerial 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.  

Cindy Mackie and David Hall have had no political activity over the last five years.


The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (the Commission) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental illness, learning disabilities, dementia and related conditions.  The Commission has a key statutory role in safeguarding individual rights and monitoring how the principles of mental health and incapacity legislation are applied in practice.  Through direct interventions in the care and treatment of individuals using mental health and learning disability services, providing guidance and conducting investigations, the Commission has a strong influence on the quality of care and treatment provided for the people of Scotland.   


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