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The Council, made up of a Convener and members, oversees our work.

The Council, made up of a Convener and members, oversees our work. Scottish Ministers appoint members through open competition and they come from a wide range of backgrounds. The Council works to the six core principles of the Good Governance Standard for Public Services.

  • Focused on the organisation's purpose and on outcomes for citizens and service users.
  • Performing effectively in clearly defined functions and roles.
  • Promoting values for the whole organisation and demonstrating the values of good governance through behaviour.
  • Taking informed, transparent decisions and managing risk.
  • Developing the capacity and capability of the governing body to be effective.
  • Engaging stakeholders and making accountability real.

The Council also has several committees, such as conduct, finance and audit, which develop rules and policies and overview procedures. Find out more about committees in our Committees and Sub-committees article.

Council meetings are in public and anyone interested in our work can come along. Please contact Anne Reid on 01382 207251 if you want to attend. You can check when the next Council is on our events page.

We publish Council meeting minutes and papers for the past year in our publications. You can ask for earlier Council minutes and papers by emailing Audrey Wallace:

You can find details of remuneration of Council members and salaries of senior staff here.

Read about our Council members below.

Professor James McGoldrick

A photograph of the Convener, Professor James McGoldrickJames McGoldrick has been Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council since August 2013.

He was Chairman of the Fife NHS Board and Vice Chair of the Fife Community Planning Partnership Board until the end of April 2013.

He has also served as a Member on the NHS National Services Scotland board and Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

He was the Vice Principal of the University of Abertay and Professor of Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School.

He is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (previously serving as Vice President) and retains an active academic interest in strategic Human Resource Development. He is a leadership and management consultant in health and higher education and a Key Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Lorraine Gray

A photograph of CEO Lorraine GrayLorraine Gray was appointed Chief Executive in August 2018.

Lorraine joined the SSSC in 2001 as the Communication Manager and has held a number of roles in policy, performance and communications, was most recently Director of Strategic Performance and Engagement.

Before joining the SSSC, Lorraine worked at Children 1st for six years as a policy officer and then communications manager.

Her background is in welfare rights, social change campaigns and community work.

Paul Dumbleton

A photograph of Paul DumbletonPaul Dumbleton has wide experience of social care in both his personal and professional lives. For 10 years, until 2012, he was Chief Officer and Registered Manager of PLUS, which supports children and young people with disabilities and their families in Forth Valley.

Before working in the voluntary sector he taught for 20 years in the school, further education and university sectors.

Paul is currently a board member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, a member of Social Security and Child Support Tribunals and an independent grant assessor.

His personal experience of social services comes from being an adoptive parent and having a daughter with a learning disability.

Paul Edie

A photograph of Paul EdieAppointed as Chair of the Care Inspectorate in April 2013, Paul Edie has served as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Edinburgh since 1994.

From 2007 he served as Convenor of the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee and as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian.

He was also a Member of the Lothian and Border Community Justice Partnership.

Before becoming a full-time councillor, Paul worked with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, mainly in quality assurance.

Audrey Cowie

A photograph of Audrey CowieAudrey Cowie has over three decades of experience of working in the public sector, with senior roles in healthcare, clinical practice, operational management, education, regulation and quality.

She was the professional adviser to Scottish Ministers on regulation of the healthcare professions and standards for the NHS Scotland workforce. Since 2011 Audrey has been self-employed, providing independent advice on regulation, governance, professionalism and health workforce issues.

She is a board member with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and a quality assurance Lay Panel Chair with the General Dental Council. She has an enduring interest in public protection and serving the public interest.

Forbes Mitchell

A photograph of Forbes MitchellForbes is an experienced local government officer having held a number of senior posts in chief executive services, education and community services and children's services.

He is also a qualified teacher and has used a wide range of strategies across public services and in the private sector to develop his expertise as a transformational change and improvement specialist.

He has worked closely with chief officers and elected members to develop policy and deliver strategic approaches to the sustainable provision of quality services in both local and national contexts.

He now focuses on the delivery of excellence and seeks to ensure those he works with deliver the best possible outcomes that have a positive impact.

Andrew Rome

A photograph of Andrew RomeAndrew Rome is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in the fields of mental health and addictions for 25 years.

He has a special interest in the provision of integrated care for people with complex needs and spent three years working on secondment at Scottish Government developing evidence-based guidance for commissioners, managers and practitioners.

In 2005 he set up a research and consultancy company specialising in addictions. Andrew brings particular skills in service evaluation, organisational change, audit and research.

He is a clinical tutor in substance misuse for the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) and is a judicial member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Linda Lennie

A photograph of Linda LennieLinda Lennie has experience of social care in both her professional and personal life. She was a foster carer for five years before looking after her mother due to her developing Alzheimer's.

She has cared for her mother for the past eight years. She has experience working for the third sector and has a voluntary role as a service user representative for Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Integration.

Miss Lennie recently completed her social work honours degree at Robert Gordon University.

Theresa Allison

A photograph of Theresa Allison Theresa Allison has over 20 years of experience working in the third sector, beginning her career working directly with children delivering high quality affordable childcare. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

In 2006 she became General Manager of North Edinburgh Childcare based in the north of the city and in 2010 became Director of North Edinburgh Childcare Enterprise Limited. From 2011 to 2014 she was a member of the Board of the Care Inspectorate.

That knowledge coupled with her experience of delivering high quality childcare services gives her good knowledge and understanding of the health and social care environment in Scotland.

Alan Baird

A photograph of Alan BairdAlan held a number of practitioner and management posts in Glasgow, Angus and Dundee spanning nearly 40 years. He has an MBA from the University of Dundee. He was appointed Director of Social Work with Dundee City Council in 2001 where he remained until appointed as Chief Social Work Adviser to Scottish Government in 2013. In 2018 Alan served as President of the Directors of Social Work in Scotland.

Alan has been a trustee with CHAS since 2013 and is also currently supporting the Journey phase of the Independent Care Review in Scotland. In 2017 he was appointed Honorary Professor in Social Work at the University of Dundee. He is currently Honorary President of Scottish Care.

Keith Redpath

A photograph of Keith RedpathKeith Redpath spent a total of 42 years working in both local government and the NHS. He was Assistant Director of Social Work in Tayside Regional Council and held a number of senior managerial positions in social work and the NHS, culminating in his appointment as Chief Officer of the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership in 2015.

He has been a strong advocate for the integration of health and social care for over 20 years and for two years served as Chair of the National Group of HSCP Chief Officers. Keith is also a Board member of the Care Inspectorate.

Committees, sub-committees and panels

We have a number of committees, sub-committees and panels.

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Remuneration of Council members and salaries of senior staff

We publish the details of the remuneration of Council members and salaries of senior staff.

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SSSC Register of Council members interests

We publish the details of the interests of SSSC Council members.

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Find out more about registering with the SSSC including what qualifications you need and how much it costs.

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Supporting the workforce

Discover our free learning resources and how our work can support your learning and development.

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Fitness to practise

Read more about our fitness to practise process, registrant responsibilities and how to make a complaint about a worker.