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Chief Executive, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

Publication date: 21 Jan, 2020

After six years leading the Mental Welfare Commission, Colin McKay is stepping down from the post in March to take on new roles as adviser to John Scott’s review of the Mental Health Act, and Professor at Napier University.

The Commission is now seeking to appoint Colin’s replacement, and is advertising the post from today.

Sandy Riddell, Chair, Mental Welfare Commission, said:

“Colin has done a fantastic job in leading the Commission since 2014. He brought new skills and experience to the role, and used his legal and governmental background to strengthen our focus on human rights, and increase our role in influencing and challenging.

“In seeking to appoint his successor, I am keenly aware of how critical a time this is.  

“The legislation that is central to our work is almost 20 years old and is currently under review. This brings the potential for major examination of what is working and what might be improved in our laws, taking account of changes in society and in the environment in which we operate. The Commission’s Chief Executive is expected to work closely with the review team as they seek to create modern, forward looking legislation for Scotland.

“While upgrading the Acts is important, it is critical that we keep a strong connection with what is happening now for people across Scotland. On the pressures on services, the changing needs of the population and the ways our current laws are being used and adhered to. Our new Chief Executive must be effective in highlighting deficiencies in care and treatment and calling for change.

“This is a key role, with much opportunity for an individual with the experience and drive to make a real difference”.

The final date for applications is Monday 17 February 2020.