The Board

Susan Deacon Feature
Susan Deacon CBE

Professor Susan Deacon CBE, Chair of the SPA, has a range of leadership experience gained in the public, private, and third sectors, academia and national politics.

Graham Houston

Graham has over 25 years' experience as a director in management development and executive coaching.

David Hume

David has over thirty years' experience in local government and recently retired after ten years as Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council.

Iain Whyte

Iain was Convener of Lothian and Borders Police Board between 2007 and the establishment of Police Scotland in 2013.

Elaine Wilkinson

Elaine is a management accountant who joined the Board in June 2015. She was policy lead for the Northern Ireland Organised Crime Taskforce.

Photograph of Grant Macrae
Grant Macrae

Grant Macrae was appointed to the SPA Board on 1 April 2017 and brings strong practical experience in public sector accounting, accountability, audit and risk.

Matt Smith Board Member
Matt Smith OBE DL

Matt joined the Board on 1 April 2017. He has considerable governance experience and knowledge of public services in Scotland.

Caroline Stuart, Board Member
Caroline Stuart

Caroline joined the Board on 1 April 2017 and brings many years experience as a business advisor with a technology background.

Robert Hayes, Board Member
Robert Hayes

Robert has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director & Strategic Advisory roles, supporting organisations through complex change programmes, with a particular focus on cybersecurity.

Tom Halpin
Tom Halpin

Tom joined the SPA Board in March 2018.

Jane Ryder
Jane Ryder OBE

Jane joined the SPA Board on 1 April 2018. She is a qualified solicitor with extensive experience as a Chief Executive and Board Member.

Mary Pitcaithly
Mary Pitcaithly

With a legal background and experience of strategic leadership of a large, complex organisation, Mary brings skills in building relationships and leading strategic collaboration.