Justice and Safety
New Chair of the Scottish Police Authority
He brings an abundance of experience in challenging and high-profile posts in the public, private and third sectors, having served as Chief Executive of NSPCC and SMG, and as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on a number of organisations including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the NHS and PWC.
Mr Flanagan said: “The Scottish Police Authority has a unique role at the heart of policing and I’m delighted to be taking on such a demanding and exciting role.”
As well as its crucial oversight role, the SPA is accountable for policing’s budget of more than £1 billion and for driving continuous improvement in policing for the people of Scotland.
One of Mr Flanagan’s key early priorities will be to appoint a suitable successor as Chief Constable to Sir Stephen House who can carry forward the process of reform, and consolidate the delivery of its many benefits. The SPA has already started this process.
He will also undertake a review of police governance, supported by a reference group to contribute views and suggestions.
The review will ensure accountability arrangements for policing can build on the lessons learned to date and ensure robust arrangements are in place for the future.
Further information on the appointment of the new Chair is available here.
And the statement the Cabinet Secretary for Justice made to the Scottish Parliament last week, setting out a wide-ranging package of measures to strengthen policing, is available here