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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 was a Chartered Surveyor and is also a lead assessor in an HR consultancy organisation.
Member of the Tribunal since September 2018. Admitted as a solicitor in 1997. Partner in Blackwood & Smith WS, Peebles, practicing in private client work with a particular interest in Family Law. Past Dean of the Faculty of Solicitors in the Shires of Selkirk and Peebles, past Chair of the Family Law Association in Scotland.
Ian Shearer ( Lay Members' Representative )
Member of the Tribunal since January 2014. He has over 25 years experience of policy work in a range of business and consumer organisations. Previously Director of Operational & Technical Affairs at the Scotch Whisky Association, he was Interim Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium in 2009-10 and 2011-12, as well as doing spells in his own consultancy and more recently in the consumer policy team at Citizens Advice Scotland. Since 2009 he has been a Non-Legal Member of the First-Tier Tax Tribunal. He is Chairman of the Friends of Kinneil, an award-winning 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.