Public appointments: Non-executive Members appointed to the Board of the Care Inspectorate

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The Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd MSP today announced the appointments of Mr Ed McGrachan and Mrs Jenny Trott as Members of the Board of the Care Inspectorate.


Ed McGrachan has had an international career in IT, Telecommunications and Business Transformation, with time spent working for Nortel Networks and BT on major projects in North America, Continental Europe and the UK.  He also served as Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee at the Student Awards Agency Scotland, with board oversight of the digital transformation of systems and processes aligning with the Scottish Government’s Digital First strategy. 

Ed has worked with various public and charitable organisations; Member of the Diocesan Board of Education for the Church of England in Devon; Treasurer of Citizen Advice in Devon and elected Lead Governor of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust; providing him with a broad spectrum of Governance experience.  He was appointed Chairman of the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee for West Scotland, a Non-Departmental Public Body working across both devolved and reserved Government sectors in support of Veterans issues. 

Currently, he serves as Non-Executive Member at Glasgow Colleges Regional Board, where he chairs the Audit and Assurance Committee. He is an Appointed Member on the Partnership Board of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, where he is a member of the Strategy and Programmes Committee.

Jenny Trott is an experienced unpaid carer who has spent the past 10 years managing a team of carers in her family home to provide high-quality care for her disabled son.  She is a strong advocate for inclusion and equality, and she has a passion for promoting excellent care standards for all.

Jenny was the founder director of Mecoco, a social enterprise that provided disabled adults and young people with valuable workplace experience.  In addition, she has extensive experience in residential dementia care and community brokerage.

Recently, Jenny has undertaken a new challenge, training as a life coach to support women navigating life-changing experiences.  She uses her training and expertise to help her clients achieve their best lives. Through her work, Jenny is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those around her.


The appointment of Mr McGrachan is for two years, from 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2025.  Mrs Trott’s appointment is for four years, from 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2027.

These appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


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

Other ministerial appointments

Mr McGrachan and Mrs Trott do 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.   

Mr McGrachan, and Mrs Trott 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 (under its former name of Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland).  An independent body, the Care Inspectorate is a scrutiny body which supports improvement and 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 governed by its Board which is appointed by 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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