Lay Appointment Advisors 

Since JABS was established in 2002 its Board Members, both judicial/legal and lay, have undertaken the front line roles of assessing applicants’ suitability for judicial appointment at sift and of meeting applicants in person at interview.

Their assessments have enabled the Board to take decisions on its recommendations to the First Minister for appointment. With a growth in the scale of appointment rounds and widening of the Board’s range of responsibilities with the introfiveuction of the Tribunals Scotland Act 2014, statutory provision was made for the Board to appoint Assistants to play a part in its assessment panels.

The Board appointed four Lay Appointment Advisors, for the period 1 April 2023 - 31 March 2026.

The Lay Appointment Advisors receive a fee of £296 per day and are eligible to claim for expenses incurred on Board business.

Marieke’s career in Scotland spans over 25 years in the public and voluntary sector in a wide range of roles. She was Director of Consumer Focus Scotland, and a member of the senior management team that established the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. She has held positions in the Scottish Government, where amongst other things she worked on Access to Justice issues, and prior to that was Depute Director at Shelter Scotland. She started her career in Scotland at Citizens Advice Scotland.

Marieke brings expertise in corporate governance, regulation, legal services and in the management of organisational change, and has experience of representing the consumer interest in a range of fields. She graduated in Law from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.

Marieke is currently a non-executive member of the Board of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Legal Aid Board and Food Standards Scotland, and away from work is a keen climber, hillwalker and sea-kayaker.

Peter has over 25 years’ experience in the field of recruitment, assessment and development. He held senior HR leadership roles in organisations in Financial Services and in Media including Global Head of Leadership Development, Performance Management and Talent Management at The Royal Bank of Scotland; Head of HR at National Australia Bank ; Head of HR Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks; and Group HR Director at Scottish Media Group (SMG). He was previously Principal Consultant in HR & Organisation Change at PA Consultants. 


He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and received his postgraduate diploma in HR Management from the University of Aston, Birmingham.


Peter has recently undertaken a number of voluntary roles including Lay Member of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), the body which approves all new medicines for the NHS in Scotland; member of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Ultra-Orphan Medicines Validation Panel; Independent Prison Monitor for the Scottish Prison Inspectorate; and Mentor to ‘looked after’ children in secondary schools in Glasgow.

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience working in IT in financial services.  Prior to retirement in 2017, he was Head of IT at Martin Currie for 3 years and before that Head of IT for over 10 years at Kames Capital (part of Aegon Asset Management), including European Head of IT for 18 months.  He is a former non-Executive director with the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

Geoff graduated from St Andrews University in Applied Maths and Astronomy and was subsequently   awarded a PhD in Maths from Manchester University.  His early working life was with a variety of manufacturing companies, whose output ranged from cardboard boxes and bank machines to whisky.  He began his career in IT in 1984 and held a variety of roles in analysis, project management and senior management in several financial services companies, before joining Kames Capital.

Geoff and his wife live in Dunblane with a fox terrier.

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