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Our work is overseen by a board, whose members are appointed by Scottish Ministers (the number of members can vary between 11 and 15). To provide a balanced range of knowledge and experience, they include people from the wider community as well as solicitors and advocates.

Ray Macfarlane, Chair

Ray Macfarlane is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and practised as a solicitor in Glasgow before moving into senior management roles with Scottish Enterprise, where she was the Managing Director and HBOS plc. where she was a Senior Director of Corporate Banking.  She has been a member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board since 2010 and was appointed Chairman in April 2016. She has held several non-executive appointments in the public and private sectors and is currently the Chairman of Museums Galleries Scotland and a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland Foundation and of the Hopetoun House Foundation.

Term of appointment: 1/4/10 - 31/3/14; 2nd term 1/4/14 until appointed Chair

Chair term of appointment: 1/4/16 - 31/3/22

Tim McKay

Tim McKay is a Chartered Accountant And Investment Analyst based in Edinburgh. He has 8 years’ experience as a non-executive director and as a member of various public sector oversight bodies including current membership of the accounts commission and chair of the NHS pension Board in Scotland.

Term of appointment: 01/04/16 - 31/03/23

Paul Reid

Paul Reid is a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience to appear before the High Court of Justiciary, Court of Session and the Supreme Court. 

Term of appointment: 01/04/16 - 31/03/23

Marieke Dwarshuis

Marieke Dwarshuis' career in Scotland spans over 20 years in the public and voluntary sectors in a wide range of roles including Director of Consumer Focus Scotland and positions at the Scottish Government, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Citizens Advice Scotland and Shelter Scotland and she was Chair of the Scottish Tribunals and Administrative Justice Advisory Committee. Marieke currently serves as a member of the Board of Food Standards Scotland, as a member of the Board of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and also sits on the Board of Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd.

Term of appointment: 01/04/16 - 31/03/23

Lesley Ward

Lesley Ward is an experienced solicitor who worked in private practice as a family law practitioner for 13 years until 2003. In 2004 Mrs Ward was appointed as a legal convenor of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. Lesley is a member of the recently constituted School Closure Review Panel. She also has a background in professional regulation as a member of the Investigation Committee of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants from 2009, and Chair from 2013 until April 2016. Mrs Ward brings a wealth of experience in her new role with the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

Term of appointment: 01/04/16 - 31/03/18; 2nd term: 01/04/18-31/03/22

Sarah O’Neill

Sarah O’Neill is a non-practising solicitor, with experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She is an independent consultant specialising in legal and consumer policy, and has many years’ experience of working on consumer and access to justice issues. She was formerly the Director of Policy and solicitor at Consumer Focus Scotland. Sarah is currently a chairperson member of the Homeowner Housing Panel and Private Rented Housing Panel. She is also a part-time lecturer in Dispute Resolution at Queen Margaret University, and is an accredited mediator.

Term of appointment: 01/04/16 - 31/03/18; 2nd term: 01/04/18-31/03/21

Sheriff John Morris QC

Sheriff John Morris was awarded an LLB degree in 1975. He spent ten years as a solicitor and thereafter called to the Scottish Bar in 1985 and the English Bar in 1989. He was a temporary Sheriff from 1992 to 1998, a full time Sheriff from 1998 to 2017 and for the last 10 years has sat as a Temporary High Court Judge. John has extensive experience in the Scottish court system at all levels.

Term of appointment: 01/04/18 - 31/03/22

Rani Dhir

Rani Dhir brings to the board extensive knowledge, experience and skills as a non-executive director in the private, public and voluntary sectors, including non executive and chairing roles at Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, Communities Scotland and Lloyds TSB Scotland. Ms Dhir was a member of the Calman Commission. She is a senior housing professional with over twenty years experience working in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities as Executive Director of a pioneering housing association, and also holds a number of voluntary roles including being a trustee of Erskine, the military charity for ex-service personnel.

Term of appointment: 01/10/12 - 30/09/16; 2nd term 01/10/16 - 30/09/20


Raymond McMenamin

Raymond McMenamin trained in the Crown Office was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. He worked as a Procurator Fiscal Depute in Linlithgow and Glasgow before moving to private practice and then progressing to partner in the firm where he remained for 30 years, and 20 years as senior partner.  He became a solicitor advocate (criminal) in 2000 and specialised in criminal law exercising rights of audience in the High Court on a regular basis.  He was also a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland between 2004 and 2016.  In 2007 he was appointed as a part time Sheriff and was elected President of the Part Time Sheriff’s Association for 3 consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.  He continues to practice as a Solicitor Advocate on an independent basis and sits regularly throughout Scotland as a Sheriff.
Term of appointment: 1/4/18 - 31/3/22

Brian Baverstock

Brian Baverstock is a qualified accountant with a long career in the public sector in Scotland, most recently as a Member of the senior team at the Scottish Funding Council. Brian is currently an independent consultant specialising in public sector governance and risk management. As a founding Chief Executive of APUC Ltd, the procurement Centre of Expertise for Scotland’s universities and colleges, he led a fundamental programme of change to transform the efficiency and effectiveness of procurement activity across these sectors. Brian has over 8 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director in the public and voluntary sector, most recently with Children’s Hearings Scotland and The Donaldson Trust. Before that he was a member of the Edinburgh Children’s Panel.
Term of appointment: 1/4/18 - 31/3/22

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