The Council

The Council oversees the work of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), working together to achieve the corporate vision. The Council is made up of a Convener and nine Members, all of whom are appointed by Scottish Ministers through open competition. Members come from a wide range of backgrounds in the field of social care, including carers, those involved in service delivery, professional bodies and those delivering education and training for the social service workforce. The Council works to the six core principles set out in 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 has established several committees, each one focusing on different areas of responsibility for the SSSC such as conduct, finance and auditing. These committees are designed to develop rules and policies as well as overview procedures. You can find out more about each committee and its purpose on our Committees and Sub-committees page.

The quarterly Council meetings are held in public and we would encourage anyone interested in our work to come along. There is an opportunity before and after the meeting to talk with Members and council staff. Please contact Anne Reid on 01382 207251 if you want to attend any of the Council meetings. You can check when the next Council meetings will be held on our events calendar.

Council meeting minutes and papers from 2013 onwards are published in our publications section. You can request Council meeting minutes dated before 2013 by emailing Audrey Wallace at:

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Professor James McGoldrick 

James McGoldrick was appointed as Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council in 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 (HRD). 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   Lorraine Gray

Lorraine is Chief Executive at the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Lorraine joined the SSSC in 2001 as the Communication Manager and has held a number of roles in policy, performance and communications and 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 the communications manager. Her background is in welfare rights, social change campaigns and community work.

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Paul Dumbleton

Paul 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 member of the board 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 arises from being an adoptive parent and having a daughter with a learning disability. He lives in Stirling with his wife and has three adult children.

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Paul Edie

Appointed as Chair of the Care Inspectorate on 16 April 2013, Cllr Paul Edie has served as a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Edinburgh since 1994. From 2007 he served as Convenor of Health, Social Care and Housing Committee, and as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian for that time. 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.

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Audrey Cowie

Audrey 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.

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Forbes Mitchell

Forbes 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 also 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 that those he works with deliver the best possible outcomes that have a positive impact.

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Andrew Rome

Andrew 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.

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Linda Lennie

Linda 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 is also in the final year of her social work honours degree at Robert Gordon University.

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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.

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Alan Baird

Alan 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.

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Keith Redpath

Keith 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.

In October 2010, the Scottish Government asked Scottish non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and Public Corporations to list the names and salary details of members of their senior leadership team on their websites.

The table below includes details of the SSSC's Executive Management Team. The information is correct as at 31 March 2018.

Name Job title SSSC grade Pay rate as of 31 March 2017 Notes
Anna Fowlie Chief Executive N/A £80,001 - £85,000  
Lorraine Gray Director of Strategic Performance and Engagement A2 £65,001-£70,000  
Gordon Weir Director of Corporate Services  N/A  

Employee of Care Inspectorate. SSSC pay 20% + VAT  
of salary to Care Inspectorate.

View the Care Inspectorate website for more information.

Maree Allison Director of Fitness to Practise A2 £60,001 - £65,000  


You can find out more about the SSSC on our about us pages.

If you have an enquiry and you are unsure of who you should speak to, please email: and we can make sure that your query is directed at the right person or department.