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News October 3, 2014 Members Reappointed to the Board of Children’s Hearings Scotland

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October 3, 2014

Members Reappointed to the Board of Children’s Hearings Scotland
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell has announced the reappointments of Alastair Hamilton, Dr Linda Watt, Brian Baverstock and Andrew Thin as Members to the Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) Board.

The children’s hearings system is Scotland’s unique system for care and justice for children and young people. It aims to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people in Scotland who may be at risk, through a decision-making lay tribunal, the children’s panel. Children’s Hearings Scotland works in partnership with the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA), local authorities and other partners to support the children’s panel, using its influence to drive improvements across the children’s hearings system.

Alastair Hamilton
was formerly Head of Planning for Shetland Islands Council and also has considerable experience in the areas of economic development and marketing. He is now a consultant.

Alastair was previously a member of the children's panel in Shetland for 23 years. He

has also demonstrated his commitment to the Children's Hearings System through his service as a member, as a Chair for six years and as Joint Vice-Chair of the Children's Panel Chairs' Group for two years. He has also been involved over the years in a number of voluntary organisations in Shetland relating to the environment and international development.

Andrew Thin has considerable experience of working at board level in non-departmental public bodies, including as the first Chair of the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage.
Currently Chairman of Scottish Canals, a Scottish Government Non-Executive Director, and a member of the Local Authority Educational Appeals Panel, he has developed a wide range of Board and leadership experience during his career. Andrew lives in Ross-shire with his wife and two children, and has held previous public appointments as Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, Chair of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, and as a Crofters Commissioner.

Brian Baverstock is currently Head of the Learning, Governance and Sustainability Group at the Scottish Funding Council. As former Chief Executive of APUC Ltd, he was a key player in the implementation of the Scottish Government's procurement agenda reform. With a long career in central government, he has held a number of senior posts in areas including audit, organisational review and change management. Brian was a member of Edinburgh Children's Panel from 2010-2011.

Dr Linda Watt is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Mental Health Services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a number of senior management roles in Health. As a professional lead for Psychiatrists and Psychologists, she has extensive experience of governance. Her knowledge and experience of NHS and Social Work systems help support the children’s panel members and staff to undertake their vital work for Scotland’s children and young people

These reappointments are for 3 years and run from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017.

The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £165 per day for a time commitment of 2 days per month.

Andrew Thin holds the chair position at Scottish Canals for which he receives a remuneration of £335 per day for a time commitment of 42 days per year.

Dr Linda Watt, Brian Baverstock and Alastair Hamilton do not hold any public appointments.

These reappointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

All reappointments 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. Andrew Thin, Dr Linda Watt, Brian Baverstock and Alastair Hamilton have not had any political activity in the last five years.

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