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Richard Henderson

Was the Solicitor to the Scottish Executtive and Head of the Government Legal Service for Scotland until 2007. During his career as a government lawyer which started in 1972 he dealt with work from across the whole range of government including, prior to 1999, issues arising from Whitehall as well as the Scottish departments. Following his retirement in 2007 he held office as President of the Law Society of Scotland between August 2007 until May 2009. He was made a Companion of the Order of Bath in 2007. Chair of the Scottish Committee from August 2009.

Andrew Coyle

Professor Andrew Coyle CMG

A former prison governor. He is Professor of Prison Studies at the School of Law, Kings College London. He has a number of senior advisory and board positions, including membership of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. He also holds a number of international advisory posts for bodies such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe. A member of the Council and the Scottish Committee from September 2009. 


Ms Annabell Fowles

Mrs Fowles is a solicitor, who has over 10 years experience in local government. She also worked in the Office of the Solicitor to the previous Scottish Executive as well as in environmental and social care Non-Departmental Public Bodies. She was legal advisor to the Board of two Non-Governmental Organisations and Head of Legal Services of the Care Commission. She  also works as case supervisor at the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic which provides free legal advice and representation service to those unable to afford a solicitor with a role to develop and supervise an expansion of the activities of the Law Clinic. Member of the Scottish Committee since September 2009.



Mr Michael Menlowe

Associate of the General Medical Council (GMC) where he sits as a lay panellist on Fitness to Practise panels, the disciplinary tribunals of the GMC. Recently worked as Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences in the University of Edinburgh. A board member of the Scottish Refugee Council in 2006 and, recently, a lay member of the Royal College of Pathologists. Member of the Scottish Committee since June 2007.


Michael Scanlan

A practising solicitor who is currently President of the Scottish Law Agents Society. Previously has held a number of public appointments, including President of the Law Society of Scotland, and a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. Member of the Scottish Committee since January 2009.

Mrs Ann Abraham

Ms Ann Abraham

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and Health Service Commissioner (a.k.a. Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman).


Jim Martin

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.



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