Member of the Tribunal since September 2006. Chairman of the Tribunal since June 2016. Partner in MacHardy Alexander & Whyte, Forfar mainly dealing with conveyancing and executry work. Previously held a part time appointment in the Appeal Service.
Member of the Tribunal since June 2015. Edward Egan has held a varied number of posts within NHS Lothian throughout his 43 year career. He is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Registered General Nurse and spent his early career within front line NHS Services. In the years that followed was an active member of the Confederation of Health Service Employees and later UNISON where he Chaired the Scottish Health Committee for more than a decade. From 2001 to 2012 he served as a member of the NHS Lothian Board as the Employee Director and in 2006 was appointed as NHS Lothian Board Vice Chair and Chair of Midlothian Community Health Partnership. He has served on numerous committees including the Finance and Performance Review Committee (2003-12); Healthcare Governance and Risk Management Committee (2001-12) and the Audit Committee (2001-12) until his retirement from the NHS in late 2012. Since retirement he has been involved in various voluntary initiatives and continues to be active within the UNISON retired members network.
Colin Bell ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since 2006. Admitted 1994. Sole practitioner principally in the fields of property law, wills, trusts, executries and tax law. Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Part time Senior Tutor at the University of Glasgow School of Law.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. He is an independent organisational development consultant focusing on intercultural competency, inclusive leadership and conflict management. He works with clients across sectors in the UK and the US. He was previously the Managing Consultant for EW Group based in London, and has held senior positions in public sector organisations in the US. Mr Erolin practised employment and discrimination law in the US and is a qualified mediator by the Minnesota Supreme Court. He has particular expertise in culture and conflict, and he has helped large public and private sector organisations work effectively with differences and conflict.
Alistair Cockburn ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since 1998. Vice Chairman since 2003, Chairman from June 2005 to June 2016. Admitted in 1972. Partner in Glasgow firm since 1974 which through mergers now has 15 partners. Professional background is as a litigation solicitor. Past convener of the Sheriff Court House Committee of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow. For many years was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law. Past member of the Glasgow and North Argyll Legal Aid Committee. Acts as Clerk in various arbitration procedures.
Professor Kay Hampton (FRSA, FHEA)
Member of the Tribunal since January 2013. She is a Professor of Communities and Race Relations and holds a PhD in Sociology. She held senior positions at Glasgow Caledonian University, The University of Durban-Westville, SA and the Strategic Planning Department at Durban City Council, SA. More recently she was Commissioner, Scottish Human Rights Commission, Trustee, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Chair/Deputy Chair and Scotland Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality, Scottish Chair and UK Board member of the BIG Lottery Fund, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission UK and Lay Member, Council of the Law Society. She is currently a Public Appointments Advisor, Commission for Ethical Standards and Public Appointments in Scotland, Non-Executive Director of Scottish Prisons Service and Patron, IARS, International Institute.
Alan McDonald ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since October 2004. Appointed Vice Chairman in June 2013. Partner in South Forrest, Solicitors, Inverness, specialising in company and commercial law. Lay member of Action for Children fostering panel. Dean of the Faculty of Solicitors of the Highlands.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. After retiring from a senior position in the Police Service in 2001, Paul has been a member of and Chair of two tribunals. These included of a range of Fitness to Practise Committees for the Nursing and Midwifery Council from 2004 -2013 (chair from 2007) and Chair of various Conduct and Registration Committees for the N. I. Social Care Council from 2007 to date. He has also from 2001, been an Associate Outplacement Consultant with Penna, a major UK H.R. Company, and an Assessor for the Cabinet Office Customer Service Excellence Standard. Paul also sits as a Lay Representative with a Medical and Dental Training Agency which has the role of ensuring that post-graduate training for doctors and dentists fulfils all the standards and regulations that have been set by the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.
Kenneth Paterson ( Vice Chairman )
Member of the Tribunal since 2006. Vice Chairman from June 2016. Admitted as a solicitor in 1973. Previously a Reporter to the Client Relations Committee of the Law Society for 3 years. Has been with Rankin & Aitken since 1977 being appointed a partner in 1979. Currently the senior partner of the firm dealing largely with private client work. Honorary Sheriff at Stranraer since 1998. Past Dean of Wigtown District Faculty of Solicitors.
Andrew Jones ( Lay Members' Representative )
Member of the Tribunal since November 2008 and lay representative since 2012. Andrew's career has encompassed senior roles in the media industry and he has successfully launched two companies. He continues to provide media consultancy and is a member of JPAC, is an Independent Prison Monitor, and a BBC Audience Council member. He provides business advice to charities through Inspiring Scotland and start-ups through LINC. Formerly, he worked with the Parole Board, Children’s Panels, Ofcom, Alternatives, and the Dunbartonshire Economic Forum. Also a member of Employment and Mental Health Tribunals.
Member of the Tribunal since September 2016. Admitted as a solicitor in 2001. Dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and England and Wales. Solicitor advocate accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence law. Currently an Legal Director with DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP specialising in professional negligence litigation. Prior to that, worked for Brodies LLP for 13 years. Former part-time tutor at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies. Former solicitor member of the Law Society of Scotland Complaints Sub-Committee.
Member of the Tribunal since November 2008. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Previously lectured in Management and Labour Studies, became full-time Official for Teachers Union, EIS and Councillor in City of Edinburgh. Currently JP, served as Chair of Justice of Peace Committee in Edinburgh and is now a member of Executive Scottish Justices Association. Currently a consultant in Employment and Human Resource Management, member of the Employment Tribunal and member of the Parole Board Scotland.
Member of the Tribunal since September 2016. Admitted as a solicitor in 1991. Principal area of practice has been civil litigation. Joined Digby Brown in 2014 as Associate and Professional Support Lawyer. Senior tutor and tutor on courses on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Glasgow University. Teaches on Glasgow University’s TCPD programme. University of Stirling Recognised Teacher & Peer Reviewer.
Member of the Tribunal since November 2008. Lecturer in human rights and constitutional law at the Open University and an Associate with Edinburgh University Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland. She has written and lectured on a range of human rights subjects including the interplay between equality and human rights, asylum, children’s rights and mental health. Previously the Programme Director for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and prior to that Director of the Scottish Human Rights Centre. Company secretary and Trustee of the Refugee Survival Trust.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. General Counsel and Director at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; formerly a partner in the Regulatory and Professional Discipline department of London law firm, Kingsley Napley LLP. Prior to that trained and worked for ten years as a solicitor with Shepherd+ Wedderburn LLP. Dual qualified in Scotland and England and Wales. Member of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. Legal Assessor appointed to advise disciplinary panels of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Tutor in public and constitutional law at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Kenneth Mitchell
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. He was a General Surgeon and Lead Consultant for Surgery within Greater Glasgow & Clyde Board from 1986 until retirement in 2012. During this time he was appointed to numerous positions, including; NHS National Panel of Specialists; Commodity Advisory Panel (Scotland); Scottish Council Member of Association of Surgeons GB&I; and Chairman, St Vincent’s Hospice. Since January 2012 Dr Mitchell has been a member of the General Medical Council Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service, Fitness to Practice Panel.
Eric Robert Lumsden
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. Partner in a six partner firm in Central Scotland, practicing principally in the fields of property law, Wills, trusts and executries.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. He has served in several Local Authorities since 1976, latterly as Head of Public Protection Services and previously as Head of Environmental Health and Principal Building Control Officer for the City and County of Swansea Council since his appointment in 1984. He retired from this post in November 2013 at that time being responsible for several front line services including; Community Safety; Trading Standards; Building Control; Bereavement and Registration Services, Public Health, Pollution Control, Health Promotion and Licencing. He is a Chartered Surveyor and is also a lead assessor in an HR consultancy organisation.
Member of the Tribunal since 2016. Admitted 1985. Joined Burness Paull LLP in 1989 and has been a partner since 1997. Practitioner in the fields of projects and construction, and harbours/ports (and previously commercial property) and an accredited Law Society specialist in both construction and arbitration and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. He is currently Director of his own policy and public affairs consultancy, with a background in the drinks and retail sectors. Previously Director of Operational & Technical Affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association, he was more recently Interim Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium in 2009-10 and again in 2011-12. Since 2009 he has been a Non-Legal Member of the First-Tier Tax Tribunal. He is a Trustee of the Friends of Kinneil, a local heritage group; was a Trustee of Sniffer - the Scottish sustainability and resilience knowledge broker - from 2008 to 2015; and is also a past Board member of the Scottish Business Crime Centre.
Member of the Tribunal since October 2004. Consultant in Ayrshire firm specialising in court related matters, primarily criminal. Former member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and former Convener of Client Relations Committee. Past Dean of Faculty of Solicitors of Kilmarnock.
Member of the Tribunal since November 2008. She has a degree in law and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1991. She has a professional background in audit, investigations, dispute resolution and commercial litigation. Currently a Director of a charity in the heritage and arts sector. Member of the Scottish Charity Appeal Panel.