Members reappointed to the Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages today announced the reappointment of Susan Walsh and James Edgar as Board members of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The SQA is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body established under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996. It is responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees in Scotland.
Susan Walsh has served as a College Principal for ten years. She has a particular interest in strategic leadership and management and a research interest in how this affects organisational health and well-being whilst assuring a successful and sustainable institution for both students and staff. Susan has served on Boards for Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh & the Lothians, Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges and Quarries Scotland. She is the lead Principal for Health & Social care for Scotland’s Colleges and specifically brings to the Board Further Education experience at a senior level.
James Edgar is a Chartered Management Accountant with significant experience of finance and operational roles in the public sector. Jim has non-executive experience in the Further Education sector having served for eight years as a Board Member at Stevenson College, Edinburgh, including four as Chair. Mr Edgar brings to the Board a background in financial management with some direct business experience and possession of a Chartered Accountancy qualification.
These reappointments will be for four years and will run from 2012 to 2016.
Both reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £4,600 for a minimum time commitment of 23 days per year.
Susan Walsh and James Edgar hold no other public appointments.
This Ministerial public reappointment was made in accordance with the code of practice published by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland
This reappointment was made in accordance with the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland's Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland.
All reappointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the reappointment process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last 5 years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Neither Susan Walsh, nor James Edgar has declared any political activity within the last five years.