New Chief Constable of Police Scotland Appointed

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Iain Livingstone will take up the post on 27 August 2018

SPA Chair, Susan Deacon, new Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone & Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf SPA Chair, Susan Deacon, new Chief Constable, Iain Livingstone & Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has today (Wednesday 15 August), announced the appointment of Iain Livingstone as the next Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

Iain Livingstone will take up the post on Monday 27 August. The appointment will be for a fixed term of four years with the possibility of extension in line with legislation.

The appointment was made by the SPA and approved by Scottish Ministers in accordance with the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 and follows a robust assessment and selection process.

Susan Deacon, Chair of the SPA and Chair of the Selection Panel who interviewed candidates for the role, announced the appointment saying: 

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Iain Livingstone as Chief Constable of Police Scotland. The decision follows an extremely rigorous and robust selection process which has involved a range of external advice and inputs.

“Iain Livingstone is an outstanding police leader who has made an exceptional contribution to policing in Scotland. I am confident that as Chief Constable, working together with a recently strengthened leadership team, he will provide renewed stability, purpose and direction to Police Scotland after a demanding and challenging period.

“This is a significant milestone in our continued efforts to strengthen the leadership and governance of policing in Scotland. I look forward to working with Iain Livingstone and his team as we continue to develop policing to keep people safe and meet the needs of a changing Scotland.”

Iain Livingstone said:

“I am extremely proud and humbled to be appointed as Scotland’s next Chief Constable. It is a great responsibility and opportunity to lead a 22,000 strong team of dedicated and committed professionals, and to harness their ideas and potential in the service of the people of Scotland. Policing has been my life and the demands on it are developing faster today than at any time in my career. It is my job now to lead and drive change in policing to adapt to those challenges and to build on the values, ethos and traditions of policing in Scotland that first attracted me to this profession 26-years ago.”

Biography of Iain Livingstone

Mr Livingstone has been Police Scotland’s Deputy Chief Constable Designate since May 2016.  Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Constable for Crime and Operations since Police Scotland was formed in 2013.

He graduated in law from the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde, working as a solicitor in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London before joining the police in 1992. Prior to the formation of Police Scotland, he served with Lothian and Borders Police.

His career has included external attachments to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland as a special investigator, to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as a member of Lord Bonomy’s review of corroboration, and he currently sits on the Scottish Sentencing Council. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in May 2015.

BACKGROUND NOTES

The Chief Constable of Police Scotland is accountable to the SPA and is responsible for the direction and control of more than 22,000 officers and staff delivering community and specialist policing services to 5.4 million people in cities and towns and across rural and island communities. The Chief Constable is also responsible for managing annual resources of more than £1 billion.

The post of Chief Constable of Police Scotland was advertised across the UK and was open to all applicants who met the statutory eligibility criteria.  

The assessment process for shortlisted candidates over a 6-week period included:

1. A personality and psychometric evaluation conducted by a senior independent occupational psychologist.

2. A professional experience review conducted by:

  • Lynne Owens CBE QPM, Director General of the National Crime Agency;
  • George Hamilton QPM, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland;
  • Gill Imery QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland.

3. Discussions with a stakeholder panel which included leaders of organisations in the public, private and third sectors about the impact of policing on different communities. 

4. A final interview with the appointment panel. The appointment panel comprised:

  • Susan Deacon, SPA Chair and Chair of the appointment panel;  
  • Mary Pitcaithly, SPA board member;
  • Paul Gray, Scottish Government Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland;
  • Professor Lorne Crerar, Harper McLeod LLB & Chair of Highlands and Islands Enterprise;
  • Lynne Owens, Director General of the National Crime Agency.

Gill Imery, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, was an advisor to the panel and observed discussions with candidates.  

The SPA is responsible for appointing the Chief Constable and the appointment must be approved by Scottish Ministers as required by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012. 

As Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Mr Livingstone will earn a salary of £216,549. The appointment will be for a fixed term of four years with the possibility of extension in accordance with legislation.

This announcement follows other recent senior leadership appointments made by the SPA, including the appointment of Fiona Taylor and Will Kerr on 11 June to the position of Deputy Chief Constable.

On 14 June, the SPA announced the appointment of Gillian MacDonald, Angie McLaren and Alan Speirs as Assistant Chief Constables.

The SPA is expected to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive in the coming weeks.