New members appointed to SPA Board


Four new members broaden range of skills on SPA Board.

Four new appointments have been made to the Board of the Scottish Police Authority.

Grant Macrae, Matt Smith, Caroline Stuart and Robert Hayes will join the Board from 1 April. Full details about their appointments can be accessed from the following link on the Scottish Government website:

Welcoming the appointments, Andrew Flanagan, Chair of the SPA said:

“I am delighted to be welcoming Matt Smith, Robert Hayes, Caroline Stuart and Grant Macrae to the Board of the SPA and look forward to working with them in the weeks and months to come. Over the last 18 months the SPA board has broadened and strengthened its knowledge, experience and skills, particularly in the areas of finance and HR. These new appointments enhance that capacity further in the areas of human rights, audit, IT and cyber. Their skills and knowledge will be invaluable as the SPA Board seeks to maintain and improve policing in an ever-changing world.”  


Robert Hayes 


Robert is an acknowledged expert in cybersecurity, crisis management and strategic risk assessment; he is also an authority on policy and regulatory issues between government and industry in the internet, communications and computing sector.
Grant Macrae


Grant brings strong practical experience in public sector accounting, accountability, audit and risk.  For many years he was appointed by the Accounts Commission and Audit Scotland to audit a wide range of local and central government bodies, several of which operated with substantial risk profile over multi-sites.  He has extensive experience of corporate governance across the private, public not-for-profit sectors and has recently been involved in the development of international public sector accounting standards.   His current board roles include charities where he chairs the finance or audit and risk committees.


Matt Smith OBE DL JP


Matt is the former Scottish Secretary of UNISON, is a past President of the STUC and has considerable governance experience.  He serves as a Non Executive Director with Scottish Water and as a Director with the charity, UNITY Enterprise.  He is a Member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal; the Central Arbitration Committee; the ICAS Regulation Board and the Investigations Committee of CIPFA.  He served as a JP for 30 years and has just completed two terms as a member of the Scottish Standards Commission.  Matt will complete his term, this summer, as a part-time Commissioner with the Scottish Human Rights Commission.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and was appointed in 2016 as a Deputy Lieutenant for Ayrshire and Arran.
Caroline Stuart


A technology and business studies graduate, Caroline initially worked in the City of London where she trained as an investment analyst.  She returned to Scotland and managed three companies before moving into business consultancy and then joining Oracle as an industry advisor for sixteen years and is now an independent consultant.  She chairs Tech Partnership Scotland and sits on various boards and committees including Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, Glasgow Caledonian University Court, The Data Lab, Scottish Government’s Strategic Group on Work and Women and the Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Business Excellence Board.  She has been a Commissioner on the Widening Access and Making Maths Count Commission.