The Board

There are twelve Board Members: four judicial and two legal members (two Judges, a Sheriff Principal, a Sheriff, an Advocate and a Solicitor) and six lay members including the Lay Chairing Member.

The Chairing Member receives a fee of £350 per day. The other lay members and the two legal members receive a fee of £296 per day. The four judicial members do not receive any fees for work undertaken. All Board Members are eligible to claim for expenses incurred on Board business, based on Scottish Government Travel and Subsistence rules.

The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 allows for Board Members to be appointed for a period of no more than four years; appointments can be renewed up to a maximum of 8 years.

Deirdre Fulton has a commercial background. She is a partner in an aviation consultancy business which provides meaningful insight and analysis to clients across the globe. Typical assignments include air service development projects, strategic planning, due diligence, market research and insight. 

Prior to setting up her own company in 2008, Deirdre worked at a senior level in the Scottish aviation industry and gained extensive experience of corporate strategy and operations as well as people and resource management. Deirdre is a graduate of Strathclyde University and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She is an active member of her local community, having chaired the Parent Council of the local primary school for a number of years, and she spent 10 years volunteering with her local Samaritans branch. She also joined the Scottish International Education Trust as a trustee in 2018.


Mrs Fulton was appointed in February 2015 for four years and later reappointed for a further four years.

Board Member Position:  Lay Member



Stephen Tierney, F.R.S.E., is Professor of Constitutional Theory in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and served as Deputy Head of the Law School from 2017-20. Professor Tierney is a law graduate of the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Toronto and in 2019 was appointed Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow at Notre Dame University Law School. 

He teaches and researches in constitutional law, addressing the changing constitutional arrangements of the UK and Scotland and the position of judges within the constitution. He was British Academy Senior Research Fellow from 2008-2009 and Economic and Social Research Centre Senior Research Fellow from 2013-2014, the latter position dedicated to studying the law and practice of referendums. He served as constitutional adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee in 2013 and has acted as constitutional adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee since 2015. Professor Tierney was appointed to the Board in May 2015 for four years and reappointed in 2019 for a further four years. 


He is an Executive Committee member of the 103rd Braid Scouts and an SFA-qualified football coach, coaching a team at his children’s school in Edinburgh. 

Board Member Position: Lay Member

Neelam Bakshi brings to the Board over 30 years of public and third sector experience across local and Scottish Government, audit and risk, health, equality commissions, public broadcasting, and trades unions. She has experience in strategic, operational, and governance roles including as the first BME woman councillor elected in Scotland as well as being a Board Member, and Committee Chair in several organisations. 

Neelam brings her professional and personal lived experience of diversity and inequalities along with a strong commitment to transparency, fairness, justice, and accountability. Her professional background also includes management consultancy, research, human resources, and equality and diversity. She is trained in NLP and a variety of complementary therapies. 

She currently holds the following roles: non-legal member of the Employment Tribunal; Disability Qualified Member of the First Tier Social Entitlement Chamber; Court Member of the University of Strathclyde’ and Public Appointments Adviser with the Ethical Standards Commissioner. 

Ms Bakshi was appointed in February 2016 for four years and was renewed until 31 January 2024.

Board Member Position: Lay Member

Lady Wise was appointed Judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland in February 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1989 and worked for Morton Fraser from 1989 to 1992, practising in general civil litigation.

She called to the Bar in 1993, working in civil litigation and specialising in family law. In 2005 she became a QC. She was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates from 2005 and between 2008 and 2013 sat part time as a Temporary Judge in the Court of Session.

She was Chair of the Advocates Family Law Association and of the Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland prior to her elevation to the bench. Since 1 January 2016 she has been a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Lady Wise was appointed to the board in May 2016 for four years and later reappointed for a further two years until 2022.

Board Member Position: Judicial Member

Lord Minginish (Roderick John MacLeod QC) is Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. He was born and brought up in the Isle of Skye and obtained an honours law degree at the University of Edinburgh. He has practised both as a Solicitor and an Advocate. In October 2000 he was appointed an all-Scotland floating sheriff before becoming a resident Sheriff at Kirkcaldy in 2005.

He was seconded to the Scottish Land Court as Deputy Chair on a part-time basis in January 2006. From then until October 2014, when he was appointed to his present positions, he divided his time between the Land Court and sitting as a Sheriff at Edinburgh. He is a member of the Kirk Session of Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, and a Convenor of Presbyterial Commissions for the Church of Scotland.

Always active in Gaelic and Highland affairs, at an earlier stage in his career he left the law to work in Gaelic broadcasting with BBC Scotland and, having returned to the law, continued as a part-time broadcaster for many years thereafter. He served for nine year as a member of the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Scotland and for eight years as Chair of the Board of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on Skye.

Lord Minginish was appointed in May 2015 and later reappointed until May 2022.

Board Member Position: Judicial Member

Elizabeth Burnley has a background in Occupational Psychology, HR and general management. Her career started within manufacturing industry, within railway and chemical engineering. After leading a company manufacturing industrial locomotives, she moved into consultancy in team development and assessment and selection methods, an area she then undertook for the Boots Company plc. After experience as a Non-executive Director within the NHS, Elizabeth chaired fitness to practise hearings for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and sat as a Lay Member for hearings at the General Pharmaceutical Council.

She has a BSc and MSc from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from the Open University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Derby.

As a volunteer, Elizabeth was Chief Guide for the UK for 5 years and continues as an active volunteer.

Mrs Burnley was appointed as a Lay Assistant in January 2016 for three years. Further to this, she was appointed as a Lay Board Member from August 2018 for four years, until August 2022.

Board Member Position: Lay Member

Sheriff Principal Aisha Anwar graduated with an LLB Hons from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford in 1998. 

She joined Maclay Murray and Spens in 1998 as a trainee, was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 and became an associate in 2003. From 2009 to 2012 she became a partner and head of litigation for Scotland in a global law firm.  She specialised in commercial litigation and white collar crime.

She was appointed as a part-time sheriff in 2011 and as a sheriff at Glasgow Sheriff Court in 2014 where she was a designated family law and commercial law sheriff. She was appointed Sheriff Principal in 2010.

In 2017, Sheriff Anwar’s letter to the children involved in a contact dispute, which explained her decision in plain simple language, attracted a great deal of interest (Patrick v Patrick), being described as “the Scottish Courts at their best”. The letter featured in a performance of Letters Live, during the Edinburgh International Festival.

She co-authored the Civil Bench Book for Sheriffs on behalf of the Judicial Institute and is a contributor to the new edition of Macphail on Sheriff Court Practice.  Sheriff Principal Anwar served on the Board of the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service from 2018 to 2020.

 The duties of Sheriff Principal are of course numerous and a considerable amount of her time is taken up by the Sheriff Appeal Court.

Board Member Position: Judicial Member


Morag Ross QC is in practice as an advocate.  She is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh.  She worked for three years as a solicitor, having qualified in 1999, and in 2003 she called to the Bar.  She became a QC in 2016.  She has a varied civil practice but her specialist interests are in administrative and public law, civil liberties and human rights.  She also has experience in commercial litigation, especially in those areas where there is an overlap between commercial law, public law and EU law. 

Ms Ross contributes to training for devils within the Faculty of Advocates, in particular in judicial review.  She is also a member of the Faculty’s complaints committee.  Her other professional responsibilities include serving as a convener of the Judicial Commission of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

From 2008 until 2016 she was a board member and trustee for Christian Aid, a large international development charity.

Ms Ross was appointed to the Board in February 2019 for a term of four years.

Board Member Position: Legal Member

David Young QC is a sheriff in the courts of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway.

After graduating LLB in 1985, he worked as a solicitor for a number of years, specialising  in corporate law. He called to the bar in 1998, and appeared regularly as defence counsel in criminal cases. He was appointed an advocate depute in 2004, and served six years as  a prosecutor in Crown Office. He was the first depute head of the National Sexual Crimes  Unit.

After becoming a QC in 2011, Mr Young was appointed a part-time sheriff in 2012 and joined the Parole Board for Scotland as a legal member in 2017. He was appointed a full-time Sheriff in 2018.

Board Member Position: Judicial Member

Sheriff Young was appointed to the Board in August 2020 for a term of four years.

Lindsay Montgomery CBE, FRSE, has substantial experience in the management, leadership and governance of public bodies. Past roles include Director of Resources at Scottish Natural Heritage, Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, Deputy Chair and later Chair of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Chair of Community Justice Scotland and Chair of the NDPB Chief Executive's Forum. He has also worked in different Government departments, including HM Treasury.

Lindsay has extensive experience and knowledge of Scotland’s justice system drawn from a wide range of previous roles, including membership of the Scottish Civil Justice Council, the Scottish Government Justice Board and the National Criminal Justice Board. He has also been a member of several policy and reference groups for reviews of aspects of the justice system in Scotland, including Lord Gill's review of Civil Courts, and Lord Carloway's review of criminal law and practice. He is a visiting professor in the School of Law at the University of Strathclyde with a focus on legal aid and access to justice, and Vice Chair of the International Legal Aid Group. In  2009 he was awarded a CBE for his services to the administration of justice. 

He was appointed in January 2022 for four years.


Board Member Position: Chairing Member

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