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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 is also Chairman of Home Scotland and a Board Member of Home Group, one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations and Property Developers.  She has held several non-executive appointments in the public and private sectors and is currently the  Chairman of the Recognition Committee 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 - 31/3/19

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 - 31/03/19

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 - 31/03/19

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 - 31/03/19

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

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

Ros Micklem

Ros Micklem has many years’ experience of the strategic leadership of public services, most recently as Scotland Director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and she has been actively involved in promoting equality and access to justice. She now works as a self-employed coach and is also a Trustee of Shelter, chairing the Scotland Committee of Shelter.

Term of appointment: 01/10/12 - 31/03/18

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


Bill McQueen CBE

Bill McQueen is former Deputy Chief Executive of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and has extensive experience of central government and its sponsored bodies, having also worked in the Scottish Office Executive in a number of policy areas including transport, management and organisation and delivery of corporate services. Mr McQueen is a member of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, a lay member of the Employment Tribunals Service and a non-executive director of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Term of appointment: 1/4/10 - 31/3/14; 2nd term 1/4/14 - 31/3/18

Sheriff Ray Small

Ray Small has been a Sheriff at Hamilton since 2001, having previously served as a temporary and part-time sheriff for three years. Before appointment to the bench, he qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and practised in Glasgow, specialising in civil and criminal court work. He joined the Bar in 1992 and practised there until his shrieval appointment.
Term of appointment: 1/4/10 - 31/3/14; 2nd term 1/4/14 - 31/3/18

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09, Mar, 2018

Four new Board members appointed and two reappointed

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08, Mar, 2018

Easter, May Day and Spring Bank holiday office opening and payment dates

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28, Feb, 2018

SLAB welcomes publication of legal aid review report

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30, Jan, 2018

Research with people who have received criminal legal assistance

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03, Nov, 2017

Annual Report 2016-17 published

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