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Social Renewal Advisory Board minutes: 19 November 2020

Published: 21 Jan 2021
Date of next meeting: 19 Nov 2020

Minutes from the meeting of the group on 19 November 2020.

21 Jan 2021
Social Renewal Advisory Board minutes: 19 November 2020

Attendees and apologies

This ninth meeting of the Social Renewal Advisory Board was chaired by the Editorial Subgroup. They are a group of board members who had been brought together to ensure the production of the independent report focussing on the production of the Board’s final report. Neither the cabinet secretaries nor local government councillors attended. Jon Sparkes and Sally Thomas led the meeting.


  • Anna Fowlie
  • Angela O’Hagan
  • Bill Scott
  • Eileen Cawley
  • Emma Ritch
  • Etienne D’Aboville
  • Fiona Lees
  •  Jim McCormic
  •  Jon Sparkes
  •  Leigh Spark
  •  Lindsay Graham
  • Louise Macdonald
  •  Maureen Sier
  •  Sabir Zazai
  • Sally Thomas
  • Satwat Rehman
  •  Susan McPhee
  • Tressa Burke


  • Neil McInroy
  • Lisa Maclean

Items and actions


Jon Sparkes welcomed members to the meeting and gave an overview of what had been undertaken since the last meeting.

Revisiting the process

Sally Thomas gave an overview of the objective of the Editorial Sub Group, how the drafting process would work and how board members could contribute. There was also a discussion about the role of Ministers' and COSLA  alongside immediate next steps. There was also a discussion on timelines with the potential for extension into January floated.

The following discussion covered the checks and balances in the editing process and how each iteration would be open for comment and how issues could be raised. The Board was keen to ensure that the right audience was targeted and that the report was accessible and readable for/by Scotland. There was agreement that the report should not signal the end of the conversation and that there was commitment to use this as a record and log moment then look at what happens next. The need to ensure that the ambition of the circles comes through the report was also reiterated.


Sally Thomas led a discussion on the structure of the report with board members offering input. The group discussed themes and aspirations, specific chapter and section headings and any additions that were required.

Jon Sparkes then took board members through the key structure questions which would be used to ensure all the aspirations of the Board were met when deciding final comment.

Close and thanks

Both Jon and Sally offered thanks to board members for their attendance, support and input at the meeting.