Chair: Dr Sally Witcher OBE: Independent Consultant
Member: Dr Mark Simpson: Lecturer in Law at Ulster University, researching social security and human rights
Member: Sharon McIntyre: Head of Career Information, Advice and Guidance at Skills Development Scotland
Member: Judith Paterson: Head of Advice and Rights (Scotland) for Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG)
The Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) was established as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) (body corporate) in 2019 and is funded by the Scottish Government (SG).
Our current board is comprised of a total of 4 people: a Chair and 3 board members. During 2022-23 we will pursue the intention to increase the total to the permitted maximum of 5 people, i.e. a Chair and 4 board members.
The Scottish Government’s Deputy Director for Social Security Policy is the nominated Accountable Officer for SCoSS, responsible for the formal Annual Report and Accounts and maintaining the agreement between SG and SCoSS on the Framework Document and Protocol under which SCoSS operates. These set out how Scottish Government and SCoSS relate to each other.
The SCoSS Board is supported by a secretariat of Scottish Government officials.