Public appointments: chair appointment extended on the Care Inspectorate

Public appointment news release.

Chair appointment extended on the Care Inspectorate

The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP, today announced an extension to the appointment of Paul Edie as Chair of the Care Inspectorate.


Paul Edie has served as Chair of the Care Inspectorate since 2013. Mr Edie served as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Edinburgh for 23 years until he retired from office in May 2017. From 2007 to 2012 he served as Convener of Health, Social Care and Housing committee and as a Non-Executive Director of Lothian NHS Board. He was also a Member of the Lothian and Border Community Justice Partnership, the Edinburgh Community Health Partnership and the Chair of the Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership.


This extension will be for one year and will run from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022.

This extension is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The extension is part-time and attracts a daily rate of £267.90, for a time commitment of three days per week.

Other ministerial appointments

As Chair of the Care Inspectorate, Paul Edie serves as an ex officio member of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council. The time commitment indicated above includes attending board meetings of these Bodies.

Paul Edie is also a Member of the Scottish Police Authority for which he receives a daily rate of £309, for a time commitment of up to six days per month.

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.

Paul Edie served as a Liberal Democrat Councillor until May 2017, which required him to speak on behalf of his party at various times and also involved campaigning activities. He is currently Chair of the Scottish Group of the Liberal International.


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. The Care Inspectorate has around 600 staff working across Scotland.

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