New public appointment to SPA Board


Robin McGill appointed by Scottish Government


The Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson has today announced the public appointment of Robin McGill to the Board of the Scottish Police Authority. 

Robin McGill worked across the BP Group for 30 years in engineering, operations and international business leadership roles ultimately becoming Director of the BP Grangemouth Refining and Petrochemicals complex and Forties Pipeline System - a strategic piece of UK infrastructure. Following his BP career Robin has held a number of executive roles in a diverse range of sectors notably CEO of Europe’s largest professional body The Institute of Engineering and Technology and CEO of The Atomic Weapons Establishment. He returned to Scotland to take up a role back in the Oil & Gas sector as European Director, Oil & Gas for Exova, a global materials testing company. Following its successful flotation, Robin set up his own consulting business and is currently VP Engineering and Operational Excellence for Fosroc, an international solutions provider to the construction industry. 

Robin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET and the I Mech E. His personal passions are leadership and the application of Technology as a force for good.

Andrew Flanagan,  Chair  of the SPA welcomed Robin to the Board saying

“I am delighted to welcome Robin McGill to the board of the SPA and look forward to working with him in the weeks and months to come. We already have a broad range of knowledge, experience and skills within the SPA board and in this latest recruitment we were looking for specific skills with a passion for driving change and improvement. 

"Robin has held senior roles in a number of blue chip companies and has an extensive track record in operational and financial business transformation programmes. His insight and experience will be invaluable as the SPA Board seeks to maintain and improve policing in an ever-changing world.”

Responding to the announcement appointing him, Robin McGill added: 

"Policing in Scotland is currently undergoing a challenging process of change. It is an exciting time to join the board and I am looking forward to working with the SPA to support that change and deliver successful outcomes for policing in Scotland."

Robin's appointment will be for four years, from 11 July 2016 to 10 July 2020.

This appointment is part time and attracts a remuneration of £300 per day, for a time commitment of 5 days per month.

Mr McGill does not hold any other Public Appointments.

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

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Robin McGill has not undertaken any political activity in the last 5 years.