Board Members

There are twelve board members: four judicial and two legal members (two judges, a sheriff principal, a sheriff, an advocate and a solicitor) and six lay members including the lay chairing member.

The chairing member receives an annual salary of £17,500. The other lay members and the two legal members receive a fee of £290 per day. The four judicial members do not receive any fees for work undertaken. All board members are eligible to claim for expenses incurred on Board business.

Prior to the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 which came into force in June 2009, board members were appointed for three years. The Act provides for appointments to be for four years; appointments can be renewed up to a maximum of 8 years.

Sir Muir Russell, KCB FRSE

(Lay Chairing Member)

Sir Muir was Principal of the University of Glasgow from 2003 to 2009. Prior to his appointment at the University of Glasgow he was Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive. He was born in 1949 and was educated at The High School of Glasgow and Glasgow University, where he took a first class honours degree in Natural Philosophy. He is Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a member of the Board of the National House-Building Council (and Chairman of its Scottish Committee), a Vice chair of Trustees of the Glasgow School of Art, a Member of the Board of the Moredun Research Institute, the Chairman of the Dunedin Concert Trust and a Council Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000 and holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  His interests include music, food, wine and occasional golf.

Sir Muir was appointed to JABS in 2008 and has been reappointed twice, until September 2016.

Dr Michael Ewart

(Lay Member)

Dr Ewart has a First Class Honours degree from Cambridge and a DPhil from York University. He joined the then Scottish Office in 1977, where his career began in the Education Department. In 1991 he became Deputy Director of the Scottish Courts Administration and guided the Scottish Court Service to agency status, becoming its first Chief Executive in 1994. In 1999 he returned to the Education Department, first as Head of Schools Group, and from 2002, as Head of the Education Department. From April 2007 until November 2009, he was Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service. Dr Ewart is now Director of the Scottish International Education Trust and a Board Member of the Scottish Ballet.

Dr Ewart was appointed in August 2010 for four years. He was reappointed in august 2014 for four years until August 2018.

Jeane Freeman

(Lay Member)

Ms Jeane Freeman is a consultant in public affairs. She was founder and Chief Executive of Apex Scotland between 1987 and 2000 when she joined the senior civil service in Scotland, working in education. She was a member of both the McLean and Cosgrove expert committees considering effective sentences and work with violent and sexual offenders. In 2002 she was appointed as senior political policy adviser to the First Minister and in 2005, she left government to start her own company. Jeane was a member of the Parole Board for Scotland from 1995 to 2000 and again from 2006 to 2011. She was appointed as a non executive member of the Board of the Scottish Police Services Authority in 2010 and as Chair of the Board of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in January 2011.
Ms Freeman has been appointed until November 2015.

Alison Mitchell

(Lay Member)

Mrs Alison Mitchell is a Non-executive Member of Lothian NHS Board and a Trustee of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. She is an experienced management consultant, specialising in change management, strategy planning and executive coaching. She is an Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) arbitrator and a member of the ACAS Central Arbitration Panel.
Previously, Mrs Mitchell worked for many years at board level in the field of Human Resources and has extensive UK and international experience across a range of sectors, including Oil and Gas, Technology and Public sectors. She is a former Director, Human Resources of the Scottish Prison Service.
Mrs Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CFCIPD).  

Deirdre Fulton

(Lay Member)

Deirdre Fulton has a commercial and international background. She runs her own consultancy business with a focus on providing meaningful insight and analysis, mainly to clients in the aviation sector.  Typical assignments include strategic planning, due diligence, market research, marketing and communications.  
Prior to setting up her own company in 2008, Deirdre worked at a senior level in the Scottish aviation industry and gained extensive experience of corporate strategy and operations as well as people and resource management.
Deirdre is a graduate of Strathclyde University and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
She is also a Vice Chair and Trustee of her local Samaritans branch with specific responsibility for recruitment and selection.
Ms Fulton has been appointed for four years from 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2019.

Professor Stephen Tierney

(Lay Member)

Stephen Tierney is Professor of Constitutional Theory in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. At Edinburgh he has also served as Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and as complaints appeals investigator. He is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Toronto and has held visiting professorial positions in New Jersey and Barcelona.

He teaches and researches in constitutional law, addressing the changing constitutional arrangements of the UK and Scotland and the position of judges within the constitution. He was British Academy Senior Research Fellow 2008-2009 and Economic and Social Research Centre Senior Research Fellow 2013-2014, the latter position dedicated to studying the law and practice of referendums. He served as constitutional adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee in 2013 and as constitutional adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee in 2015. He is also editor of the UK Constitutional Law blog.

Professor Tierney has been appointed until May 2019. 

The Honourable Lady Dorrian

(Judicial Member)

Lady Dorrian was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005, having served as a Temporary Judge since 2002.

She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (LLB). She was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Health and Safety Executive and Commission between 1987 and 1994.

Lady Dorrian served as Advocate Depute between 1988 and 1991, and as Standing Junior to the Department of Energy between 1991 and 1994.  Lady Dorrian was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1994. Between 1997 and 2001 she was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Lady Dorrian was appointed in July 2011 for four years. Lady Dorrian appointment to the Board was extended to June 2019.

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle

(Judicial Member)

Sheriff Principal Pyle has been Sheriff Principal of Grampian, Highland and Islands since 2013. He was previously a sheriff from 2000 in the Sheriffdoms of Tayside, Central and Fife and Grampian, Highland and Islands. Prior to that he was senior litigation partner in the firm of solicitors Henderson Boyd Jackson, Edinburgh. He was appointed Solicitor Advocate in 1994. He has been a member of the Scottish Court Service Board. He is a visiting lecturer to the Siberian Federal University in Krasnojarsk, Russia. His interests include hill walking and golf.
Sheriff Principal Pyle's appointment to the Board runs from May 2013 to April 2016.

Sheriff David Mackie

(Judicial Member)

David Mackie was appointed Sheriff in 2002 and has been a resident Sheriff in Alloa since 2004. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and from 1976 was in private practice as a solicitor. Called to the Scottish Bar in 1991, he practised as an Advocate until his appointment to the Shrieval bench. He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Ministry of Defence (Procurement) from 1996 to 2002. He is Chairman of the Edinburgh branch of SASO (Scottish Association for the Study of Offending) and sits on the National Competition Appeal Panel of the Scottish Rugby Union. A director and latterly chairman of Venture Trust from 2001 until 2011, he is now a Director of Chance4Change.

Sheriff Mackie was appointed to the Board from January 2013 to December 2017.

Lord Minginish

(Judicial Member)

Lord Minginish (Roderick John MacLeod QC) is Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. He was born and brought up in the Isle of Skye and obtained an honours law degree at the University of Edinburgh. He has practised both as a solicitor and an advocate. In October 2000 he was appointed an all-Scotland floating sheriff before becoming a resident sheriff at Kirkcaldy in 2005. He was seconded to the Scottish Land Court as Deputy Chair on a part-time basis in January 2006. From then until October 2014, when he was appointed to his present positions, he divided his time between the Land Court and sitting as a sheriff at Edinburgh. He is a trustee of the St Andrew’s Children Society and Chair of the James Gillespie’s High School Trust and of the Board of Directors of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College in Skye which is an Academic Partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Always active in Gaelic and Highland affairs, at an earlier stage in his career he left the law to work in Gaelic broadcasting with BBC Scotland and, having returned to the law, continued as a part-time broadcaster for many years thereafter. He served for nine year as a member of the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Scotland.  
He was appointed to JABS for a period of four years from 18 May 2015.

James McNeill

(Legal Member)

James McNeill, born in 1952, was educated at Dunoon Grammar School, Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. He was admitted as an Advocate in 1978 and held the appointment of Standing Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue in Scotland between 1988 and 1991, when he took silk. He sits as one of the Judges of the Courts of Appeal of Guernsey and Jersey and as a Convenor of the Presbyterial Commissions of the Church of Scotland. His principal outside interest is in music and between 2004 and 2010 he chaired the Music Committee of the Board of the Scottish International Piano Competition.

Mr McNeill was appointed in September 2012 for four years until September 2016.

Alistair Morris

(Legal Member)

Mr Morris' career with Pagan Osborne spans three decades, with him establishing an industry wide reputation as an expert in Private Client services before becoming CEO in 2005.

Outside of Pagan Osborne, Alistair shows his commitment to the Scottish legal sector with over 20 years of representing the Sheriffdom of Cupar on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland. Following this significant contribution, he was elected President of the Law Society for one year from June 2014.

Representing the interests of all Scottish solicitors, Alistair is responsible for the creation and delivery of the Society’s policies and strategies and regularly addresses politicians, leading civil servants and industry wide leaders.

Mr Morris has been appointed for four years, from 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2019.


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