Andrew Flanagan announced as new SPA Chair 

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Andrew Flanagan appointed as new SPA Chair

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The Cabinet Secretary for Justice today announced the appointment of Andrew Flanagan as Chair of the Scottish Police Authority.

Andrew Flanagan will replace outgoing Chair Vic Emery from 7th September and his appointment will run until 6 September 2019 (inclusive).

Mr Flanagan said:

"The Scottish Police Authority has a unique role at the heart of policing and i'm delighted to be taking on such a demanding and exciting role. 

"While I recognise the challenges we face, I believe that there is much to build on in Scottish policing - not least the excellent work undertaken every day by the thousands of dedicated officers and staff. I look forward to working with them - and everyone with an interest in this crucially important public service - to ensure policing delivers for local communities."

Welcoming Mr Flanagan's appointment, John Foley, CEO of the SPA said:

"The SPA is committed to driving continuous improvement in policing through effective oversight and strengthened governance. Andrew brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role of the Chair and I look forward to working with him as we seek to strengthen the effectiveness of our governance work, develop relationships and learn lessons from the journey so far.”


Andrew's Biography:

Andrew is a Civil Service Commissioner and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the NHS Business Services Authority. He also holds a number of other non-executive appointments including with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and CIPFA Business Services Ltd. Until March, 2013, he was Chief Executive of the NSPCC, the leading UK Children's charity. Previously, Andrew was Chief Executive of SMG plc, one of the UK's leading media companies, with interests spanning television, radio and print. A Chartered Accountant, Andrew has also held a number of senior finance roles in the media, IT and telecommunications sectors. 


Andrew does not hold any other appointments made by Scottish Ministers. 

This appointment is part time and attracts a fee of £450 per day, with a time commitment of up to 12 days per month until September 2016, after which the time commitment will be up to 10 days per month.  

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

The SPA was established under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 to maintain policing, promote policing principles and the continuous improvement of policing, and to hold the Chief Constable to account. The Act allows for up to 15 members to be appointed, of which one is the Chair.