Lay Assistants 

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 introduction 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 three Lay Assistants, for the period 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. One Lay Assistant's term was extended by mutual agreement for a further three years. 

In August 2018, Lay Assistant Elizabeth Burnley was appointed as a Lay Board Member.

The Lay Assistants 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.

Paul is an experienced executive leader at CEO level.  He places a strong emphasis on ethical and compassionate leadership, transparency and collaborative working. Committed to public accountability, he is experienced in leading delivery and change.

From December 2013 to February 2019, Paul was Chief Executive NHS Scotland and Director General for Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government, responsible for the delivery of health and care services through 22 Health Boards, and partner organisations, with accountability for an annual budget of £13bn and a staffing complement of around 160,000. He joined the Civil Service in 1979.

Paul is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow, a Senior Faculty Member at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), and a Non-Executive Director with the Care Inspectorate.  He is also a Consulting Partner with strategic communications firm Charlotte Street Partners, and a coach and mentor to a number of senior executives.

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 currently a 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.

Gordon Macmillan is a graduate of Aberdeen University with an Honours degree in Politics and Economics.  He was a senior journalist and media executive for more than thirty-five years, working for the BBC in London and Scotland, CNN in Atlanta USA and most recently with STV as Head of News.

At STV, Gordon led a team of 170 editorial and technical staff across Scotland and oversaw recruitment and staff development. He was responsible for major audience growth on both broadcast and digital platforms and an extensive expansion of news output.

Gordon launched Scotland Tonight, which has established itself as the nation’s leading current affairs programme. He also worked with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to pioneer broadcasting access to the administration of justice in Scotland’s courts.

Gordon is also a Commissioner with the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, which is responsible for carrying out reviews of the boundaries of local authority areas and reviews of constituencies and regions for the Scottish Parliament.

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