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The CHS Board

Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS) has a Board comprising five members. The Board sets strategic direction and provides governance and challenge to CHS. CHS Board members are appointed by, and are accountable to, Scottish Ministers. The Board meets in public at least six times a year.

The CHS Board members have corporate responsibility for ensuring that CHS complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds. The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that CHS fulfils the aims and objectives set by Scottish Ministers and for promoting the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources by CHS in accordance with the principles of best value.

Board members

  • Garry Coutts, Chair of the Board (appointed 08.04.14)
  • Alastair Hamilton, Deputy Chair (appointed 04.07.11, reappointed 01.07.14)
  • Brian Baverstock, Board member (appointed 04.07.11, reappointed 01.07.14)
  • John Anderson, Board member (appointed 11.03.13)
  • Marian Martin, Board member (appointed 11.03.13)

Click on this link to find out more about our Board members.

Board member appointments and remuneration

CHS Board members are Ministerial appointments, made in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland’s Code of Practice. Appointments are made for a period of three years.

CHS Board appointments are part-time and attract non-pensionable remuneration of:

  • Chair of the Board: £195 per day in return for a time commitment of eight days per month
  • Board members: £161 per day in return for a time commitment of two days per month

Contacting members of the Board

Members of the CHS Board can be contacted through Franck David at franck.david@chs.gsi.gov.uk or on 0131 244 4888.

Board meetings

CHS Board meetings are open to members of the public. Should you wish to attend a meeting, please contact Franck David as per the contact details above. Provisional dates are for upcoming board meetings are as follows:


10/11/2016 (Joint Board with SCRA)




Meeting dates may be subject to change nearer to the date. The website will be updated accordingly.

Minutes from previous CHS Board meetings can be seen in the panel to the right.

CHS Committees

Audit and Risk Management Committee

CHS’ Audit and Risk Management Committee (ARMC) is chaired by Brian Baverstock. The ARMC meets at least four times in each financial year and in private. The meetings are also attended by CHS’ Chief Executive and and Depute Chief Executive.

The ARM is responsible for providing the Board and Accountable Officer with advice and assurance about the arrangements for:

  • risk management
  • financial control and reporting
  • legal and regulatory compliance

Remuneration and Appointments Committee

CHS’ Remuneration and Appointments Committee (RAC) is chaired by Alastair Hamilton. The other current member of the RAC is Linda Watt. The RAC meets at least twice a year in private and is also attended by CHS’ Chief Executive and Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

The remit of the RAC is to review the arrangements for:

  • the performance management of the Chief Executive and other senior staff
  • the recruitment and remuneration of all CHS employees
  • ensuring that appropriate employment policies are in place