Pending the appointment of a new Chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, Dr Michael Ewart has been nominated by Board Members to carry out the functions of the Chairing Member in accordance with Schedule 1, Section 10 (3) of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. Dr Ewart began carrying out the functions of Chairing Member on th 1st October 2016.
Dr Ewart has a First Class Honours degree from Cambridge and a DPhil from York University. He joined the then Scottish Office in 1977, where his career began in the Education Department. In 1991 he became Deputy Director of the Scottish Courts Administration and guided the Scottish Court Service to agency status, becoming its first Chief Executive in 1994. In 1999 he returned to the Education Department, first as Head of Schools Group, and from 2002, as Head of the Education Department. From April 2007 until November 2009, he was Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service. Dr Ewart is now Director of the Scottish International Education Trust and a Board Member of the Scottish Ballet.
Dr Ewart was appointed in August 2010 for four years. He was reappointed in august 2014 for four years until August 2018.