The Board

There are currently sixteen Board Members: eight judicial/legal members and eight lay members including the Lay Chairing Member.

The Chairing Member receives a fee of £350 per day. The other lay members and the legal members receive a fee of £296 per day. The judicial members do not receive any fees for work undertaken except for May Dunsmuir who receives fees commensurate with her role as a Chamber President. 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.

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. 

Board Member Position: Chairing Member

He was appointed in January 2022 for four years.


Mrs May Dunsmuir is a solicitor, graduating from the University of Glasgow.  She is Chamber President of the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.  Prior to that, she was the President of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland.  Mrs Dunsmuir was also previously a Convener with the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (MHTS).  She served as an In-house Convener with the MHTS and was Lead Convener for child and adolescent mental health tribunals. 

Before undertaking judicial appointments, Mrs Dunsmuir was a Children’s Reporter.

Mrs Dunsmuir was appointed to the board in May 2022 for four years.

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

Cat is a partner at BTO Solicitors. After graduating LLB in 1992, she worked as a solicitor for a number of years, and called to the bar in 1998, specialising in personal injury. She practised as an Advocate for ten years before leading a Dispute Resolution team in a commercial law firm, growing turnover by over 300%. She joined BTO in 2022. Having undertaken cases in the Sheriff Court, the Court of Session, the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court, Cat has extensive litigation and courtroom experience.

Cat specialises in financial disputes, including financial claims against banks and other financial institutions, contract breaches, insolvency disputes, banking fraud and property disputes.  She currently holds a band 1 ranking in Chambers UK for her banking litigation work. She also has an established expertise in general commercial and contract disputes, inter-company disputes, and in professional negligence claims. Cat is a qualified mediator, and mediates regularly for her clients.

She is a member of the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking's Professional Advisory Panel, and was a Committee member of the House of Commons Parliamentary Inquiry into Financial Disputes. In 2018 she provided expert testimony to the Treasury Select Committee on financial disputes. Cat sits on the Lord President’s Consultative Committee on Commercial Actions, chaired by Lord Doherty; and on the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Conduct Committee, which sits monthly.

Board Member Position: Legal Member

Cat was appointed to the Board in June 2022 for a term of four years.

David Young KC 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 KC in 2011, Sheriff 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

Paul spent 40 years in the civil service, leaving in 2019.  He held a number of director general posts in Scottish government from 2009 onwards, culminating in the role of chief executive of NHS Scotland and DG health and social care. During his civil service career, he served all of the main parties of government in both the UK and devolved administrations.

Paul now has a diverse portfolio covering academia and the public, private and third sectors. He is a Civil Service Commissioner, an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland’s member of council for the Open University, and patron of Medics Against Violence. He is a senior faculty member at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), on the board of the Care Inspectorate, a Fellow of SRUC, and a senior advisor to public affairs firm Charlotte Street Partners.

Paul was appointed to the board in November 2023 for four years.

Board Member Position: Lay Member

Emma is a Lay Member of the Judicial Appointments Board and joined us in December 2021. She has extensive recruitment and leadership experience and enjoys all aspects of people development; leadership, engagement and optimizing their performance.

She led an award winning £20M turnover recruitment business from start up to her exit in 2019 as Managing Director of the 45 person team engaging approx. 300 temporary workers each week.  She led their digitization, rebranding and entry into new markets and supported multiple firms in their bid to secure the best fit for their business.

Emma has worked on a consultancy basis for a variety of firms from employee owned businesses to plcs and is particularly interested in organisations who are striving for excellence and efficiency.

She has sat on the board of West Lothian College and is currently a voluntary board member for BE-ST and Board Advisor for Exmos.

Emma has a BA in Law, two children and lives in Edinburgh.

Board Member Position: Lay Member