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SPA appoints Interim Chief Executive

Published : 18/06/2020 12:12:26

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has today announced that Lynn Brown will take up post as the Authority’s Interim Chief Executive.

The interim arrangement will last approximately 6 months while the Authority progresses organisational development work already underway and initiates a recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive.

Ms Brown is a highly experienced public sector leader. She has held a number of public sector executive roles over the last three decades and was formerly the Executive Director of Financial Services at Glasgow City Council.

Announcing the appointment, Susan Deacon, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority said:

“Lynn Brown brings a wealth of relevant leadership experience within the public sector in Scotland and beyond. I am delighted we have been able to move quickly to secure Lynn’s expertise and experience for this interim period while we continue to design and develop the Authority for the future.”

Lynn Brown added:

"I look forward to working together with SPA Members and staff to create and implement the further plans and action required to strengthen its effectiveness as a public body and supporting the role of policing in Scotland."

Lynn Brown Biography

Lynn Brown was Executive Director of Financial Services at Glasgow City Council between 2003-2016 where she was responsible for an annual budget of £2.4 billion, a capital programme of £1 billion and a pension fund valued at £18 billion. She was also responsible for a significant programme of reform and transformation during her tenure which involved widespread stakeholder engagement including elected members, the Scottish Government, staff, the public, third sector and partner organisations.

A highly experienced public finance accountant, she holds a MA Honours degree in History from the University of Edinburgh and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and a former Chair of CIPFA in Scotland.


Ms Brown will be paid within the salary band equivalent to the £115-120,000 annual salary paid to the former Chief Executive.

The Chief Executive is the principal advisor to the Board of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and will be the Accountable Officer for a policing budget of over £1.2 billion.

The appointment follows an interview and selection process initiated by the SPA Board earlier in September in light of the resignation of its former Chief Executive Hugh Grover.