Board and Senior Staff
You can read about our Executive Team, senior staff, board members, board committees and corporate governance in this section.
Executive Team and senior staff
Colin joined SLAB in 1997 and was previously Head of Policy and then Director of Policy and Development. His responsibilities as a Director focused on improving the availability, quality and cost-effectiveness of publicly funded legal assistance, both civil and criminal. He was also responsible for compliance and solicitor investigations, SLAB's research and management information departments, equalities, the Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO) and SLAB’s substantial grant funding programme.
Marie-Louise joined SLAB in 2001 and was previously responsible for the organisation’s planning, assurance and corporate affairs functions. She is a registered solicitor. Before joining SLAB Maire-Louise worked for a criminal law firm and community law centres. Her responsibilities as Director are for planning, directing and controlling SLAB's applications and treasury operations covering the provision of civil, criminal and children’s legal assistance.
Graeme joined SLAB in 2006 and was previously the organisation’s Head of Projects. Graeme is a qualified accountant with experience as a Finance Director before joining SLAB. He has substantial operational and project management experience. Graeme’s responsibilities as Director are for SLAB's accounting, procurement and finance functions as well as human resources.
Anne Dickson joined SLAB in March 2012, initially in a Policy and Development role before moving into planning and corporate support. Prior to that, Anne was a solicitor in private practice in both Scotland and England.
She has worked as a social policy consultant with a particular interest in policy relating to housing, homelessness and relationship breakdown, which reflected the interests and practice she pursued as a solicitor.
Anne was also an economic development consultant with a focus on the delivery of rural services. This was informed by her experience as a grant funding programme manager for an EU rural development programme. She has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.
Anne’s responsibilities as Director include the development of strategic advice on legal aid policy, the effective management of SLAB’s grant funding programme and the direct delivery of services through the Civil Legal Assistance Office. She is also a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council's Access to Justice Committee.
Ian joined SLAB in 2002 after 18 years as a solicitor in private practice undertaking both civil and criminal court work. He was Head of Service of the Civil Legal Assistance Office before moving to his current post in which, as SLAB's senior solicitor, he provides legal advice and representation to the organisation, and has overall responsibility for the in-house legal services department.
View our current management structure.
About the Board members
SLAB's standing orders set out how the business of the Board and its committees operate. You can read them here.
Board members' interests
SLAB operates a register of Board members’ interests in line with the Code of Best Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies. This requires members to notify us of all relevant interests. The register is updated on a regular basis and is available for inspection upon request at our offices and below.
- Published Board papers are available here.
Disclosure of names and salary details
To fulfil legitimate public interest, remuneration paid to its Chief Executive, as well as the fees paid to the Chair and Board members appointed to the Scottish Legal Aid Board, are disclosed as follows:
- Colin Lancaster, Chief Executive, is paid £105,000 - £109,999 a year (as at 1 April 2018)
- Ray Macfarlane, Chair, is paid a daily fee of £313 for 104 days a year (as at 1 April 2018)
- The Board member daily fee is £220 for 42 days a year (as at 1 April 2018)
Further information on the remuneration paid to the Chair and Board members is available at http://www.appointed-for-scotland.org/about-public-bodies/directory-of-public-bodies-appointments/scottish-legal-aid-board/
Expenses claimed by the Board and Executive Team
View details of the amount of expenses claimed by members of the Board and Executive Team between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.
SLAB’s Governance and Accountability Framework
Our Framework Document sets out the broad framework within which SLAB will operate and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between SLAB and the Scottish Government. It includes such things as:
- the rules and guidelines relevant to the exercise of SLAB’s functions, duties and powers
- the conditions under which any public funds are paid to SLAB
- how SLAB is to be held to account for its performance
Other information about our legal framework
We publish information on how SLAB was established and its legal standing. You can read about the history of legal aid and read the legislation that established SLAB in our Scottish Legal Aid Handbook.