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The Board

Brigid Daniel

Brigid Daniel, MA (Hons), PhD, CQSW, originally studied psychology and carried out research in infant perceptuo-motor development. Following qualification as a social worker she practised in Edinburgh before moving to Dundee University to teach on post-qualifying courses in child care and protection, then to Stirling University as Senior Lecturer in Social Work and back to Dundee as the Professor of Child Care and Protection and Director of Studies of Child Care and Protection.  Brigid is currently Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling ( Brigid has written and researched in the areas of child neglect, the child protection system, children’s resilience and child development. Her current research projects include Permanently Progressing? a research project that is the first stage for what is planned to be a longitudinal study of outcomes for children in Scotland looked after away from home under the age of 5. She is also Scottish lead for the Nuffield funded 4 UK nation study Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates.

Jane Devine

Jane Devine is the Business Manager for Social Work Scotland. She joined the organisation in December 2008, initially as a Parliamentary and Communications Officer.

Prior to working for Social Work Scotland and ADSW (as the organisation was formerly called) Jane was head of the Health and Social Care team at COSLA. Jane worked at COSLA for four years during which she was the team leader for the Resourcing and Capacity team and a policy manager in the Children and Young people team.

Jane has also worked at Audit Scotland where she led national audits on housing management, commissioning community care services and on provision for children with additional support needs.

From 2012 until 2014 Jane had a weekly column in the Scotsman newspaper.

Jane graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters Degree in Politics and Geography and a post-graduate Masters Degree in Scottish Politics and Sociology. Jane’s first job was as a parliamentary researcher in the Scottish Parliament for Adam Ingram MSP and Kenny MacAskill MSP.

Jane is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership of Public Service at Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Director of Who Cares? Scotland and Children in Scotland.

Jane lives in Edinburgh with her partner and two children. She is a keen cyclist and has too many bikes.

Alistair Duncan

Alistair Duncan has a degree in Electrical Engineering and post-graduate qualifications in Business and Finance.He worked for many years in commercial and senior management roles in industry and commerce throughout the UK, including the traditional industrial areas of South Wales, Northeast England, the Midlands, and Lancashire, and gained extensive international business experience, arranging export and project finance and negotiating capital plant contracts throughout the world.As a professional interim manager for over half his career, his sector experience in Chief Executive and Finance Director roles includes technology, tourism, public sector, further education, economic regeneration, charities, distribution, and owner-managed business. 

Dr Patricia Jackson (Vice Convener)

Dr Jackson qualified as an MB.CHB (EDIN) in 1974, with distinction in paediatrics and general practice.

She recently retired from her post as a Consultant Paediatrician and is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to her retirement Dr Jackson was a Lead Consultant with responsibility for services to children within the North sector of Edinburgh and from 2005-2010 was Lead Clinician for Community Child Health with lead responsibility for services to children with learning disability; Lead Paediatrician to the Challenging Behaviour Unit; Lead Consultant for Residential/Respite Unit for children with complex health care needs and Lead Consultant/Chair of Lothian Exceptional Health Care Needs Group for provision of domiciliary care plans for children with complex needs.

Dr Jackson was a Founder Member and Director of Children’s Hospice Association Scotland until 2007.  From 2005-2009 she was Chair of the Scottish Association of Community Child Health and also a former Chair of Children in Scotland’s Special Needs Advisory Group.

Lord Kinclaven (Convener)

Lord Kinclaven is a Scottish judge, a Senator of the College of Justice, dealing on a daily basis with a wide variety of criminal and civil case in The High Court of Justiciary and The Court of Session. 

He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (LL.B Hons), was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1978. He was in practice as an advocate from 1978 – mainly involved in civil litigation. He was Standing Junior Counsel in Scotland to the Accountant of Court from 1986 to 1989, and served as an Advocate Depute for three years (from 1989 to 1992) prosecuting serious crime. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991.

Lord Kinclaven became a member of the English Bar (Lincoln's Inn) in 1990.  He was a part time Sheriff from 2000; a member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1994 to 2002; a member of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting from 2001; a part-time Chairman of the Discipline Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 1994; a part-time Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal from 2001; and a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission from 2004. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He was appointed a judge in 2005.

Sally McNair

Sally McNair is a multimedia broadcaster/journalist and is a regular presenter for BBC Scotland News. She is a skilled communicator and was the first woman sports reporter and presenter in the UK.

Sally began her career in broadcasting in 1982 when she joined STV as a presenter and producer of programmes covering education, health, the arts, consumer affairs, news, documentaries and sport. She joined the BBC Reporting Scotland team in 1992, a post she currently holds.

Alongside her journalism and news editing, Sally regularly manages events and chairs conferences, and works on a range of corporate projects, including training and working with audiences.

She is a former member of the Scottish Childcare Board, and worked with schools and charities. She was also a patron of Cancer Research.

Robert Parry (Vice Convener)

Bob Parry is currently Associate Director, Nursing Midwifery & Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Directorate, NHS Education for Scotland leading on work to support the integration of health and social care. 

A Registered Nurse by profession he undertook both general and mental health nursing having worked clinically in both hospital and community settings and in academia. In 1999, he was appointed Education Officer (Adult Nursing) English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting and prior to his current appointment held the post of Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull (2004 - 2007).

Satwat Rehman

Satwat Rehman is the Director of One Parent Families Scotland.She  has over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary and public sector in Scotland and England  in equalities, education, employability, economic development/regeneration and early years.She has been Director of One Parent Families Scotland since January 2011 working to support one parent families and ensuring that there are tailored services available to meet their needs. Prior to that Satwat worked for the London Borough of Camden as Deputy Head of Integrated Early Years where she was responsible for the development of children’s centre services including family support and employability services for single parents and affordable childcare.

Declan Welsh

Declan is the youngest member of the Board.

He studied Law at Strathclyde University, Glasgow and is also an established singer/songwriter and spoken word artist.


He is a passionate campaigner for an equal and fair society and has worked with the charity sector in driving awareness and fundraising for Foodbanks, Additional Support Needs, and Child Poverty.