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New National Convener and Chief Executive for CHS 17 July 2014

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Following a public competition, Garry Coutts Chair of Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) has today announced the permanent appointment of Boyd McAdam to the post of National Convener and Chief Executive of CHS.

Garry Coutts said: “Boyd has been committed to improving outcomes for children and young people throughout much of his career and we welcome the expertise he brings to this role. We are all looking forward to working with him. This appointment will provide both strong leadership and stability for the whole CHS community.”

Between 1997 and 2004 Boyd was responsible for the Children’s Hearings System and sponsorship of the then newly created SCRA. From 2004 - 2006, he was involved in the review of the Children’s Hearings System. Since then he has been involved in the development and promotion of the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) approach to improving wellbeing and outcomes for all children in Scotland. His responsibilities also included policy on children’s rights and UNCRC, youth work and disabled children.

Before Boyd was seconded to CHS in April this year, he was Head of the Better Life Chances unit within the Scottish Government where he played a leading role in supporting Ministers, developing and implementing key child-centred provisions in the Children and Young People Act 2014.

Boyd McAdam said: “I am absolutely delighted to accept this appointment. I have been working in and around the Children’s Hearings System and children’s services for over 17 years. I have seen some major changes during that time and the principles and values of the Children’s Hearings System have driven my approach throughout.

“I look forward to leading the staff and volunteers in the CHS Community to ensure we effectively support the panel members in their role of making a positive difference to Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people. I continue to be impressed by their commitment and skills, which have been a hallmark of the system since it was established over 40 years ago.”