John Cummings is an experienced public service leader who operated at local, national and international levels in his 30 years in the Scottish Police Service, over 24 years of which were in a diverse range of leadership roles and disciplines.
An experienced senior partnership practitioner, John undertook both supporting and leadership roles within the community planning environment, including 4 years as Vice Chair and Chair of the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.
John is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (LLB) and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied and Professional Ethics from the University of Leeds.
John has been a Lay Representative with NHS Education Scotland since December 2014 delivering a lay perspective on Quality Management processes mandated by the General Medical Council in relation to post graduate medical education.
Mr Cummings was appointed in January 2016 for three years. He was subsequently reappointed for a further three years in January 2019.
Marieke’s career in Scotland spans over 25 years in the public and voluntary sector in a wide range of roles. She was Director of Consumer Focus Scotland, and a member of the senior management team that established the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. She has held positions in the Scottish Government, where amongst other things she worked on Access to Justice issues, and prior to that was Depute Director at Shelter Scotland. She started her career in Scotland at Citizens Advice Scotland.
Marieke brings expertise in corporate governance, regulation, legal services and in the management of organisational change, and has experience of representing the consumer interest in a range of fields. She graduated in Law from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
Marieke is currently a non-executive member of the Board of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Legal Aid Board and Food Standards Scotland, and away from work is a keen climber, hillwalker and sea-kayaker.
Peter has over 25 years’ experience in the field of recruitment, assessment and development. He held senior HR leadership roles in organisations in Financial Services and in Media including Global Head of Leadership Development, Performance Management and Talent Management at The Royal Bank of Scotland; Head of HR at National Australia Bank ; Head of HR Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks; and Group HR Director at Scottish Media Group (SMG). He was previously Principal Consultant in HR & Organisation Change at PA Consultants.
He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and received his postgraduate diploma in HR Management from the University of Aston, Birmingham.
Peter has recently undertaken a number of voluntary roles including Lay Member of the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), the body which approves all new medicines for the NHS in Scotland; member of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Ultra-Orphan Medicines Validation Panel; Independent Prison Monitor for the Scottish Prison Inspectorate; and Mentor to ‘looked after’ children in secondary schools in Glasgow.
Geoff has over 30 years’ experience working in IT in financial services. Prior to retirement in 2017, he was Head of IT at Martin Currie for 3 years and before that Head of IT for over 10 years at Kames Capital (part of Aegon Asset Management), including European Head of IT for 18 months. He is currently a non-Executive director with the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.
Geoff graduated from St Andrews University in Applied Maths and Astronomy and was subsequently awarded a PhD in Maths from Manchester University. His early working life was with a variety of manufacturing companies, whose output ranged from cardboard boxes and bank machines to whisky. He began his career in IT in 1984 and held a variety of roles in analysis, project management and senior management in several financial services companies, before joining Kames Capital.
Geoff and his wife live in Dunblane with a fox terrier.
Gordon Macmillan is a graduate of Aberdeen University with an Honours degree in Politics and Economics. He was a senior journalist and media executive for more than thirty-five years, working for the BBC in London and Scotland, CNN in Atlanta USA and most recently with STV as Head of News.
At STV, Gordon led a team of 170 editorial and technical staff across Scotland and oversaw recruitment and staff development. He was responsible for major audience growth on both broadcast and digital platforms and an extensive expansion of news output.
Gordon launched Scotland Tonight, which has established itself as the nation’s leading current affairs programme. He also worked with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service to pioneer broadcasting access to the administration of justice in Scotland’s courts.
Gordon is also a Commissioner with the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, which is responsible for carrying out reviews of the boundaries of local authority areas and reviews of constituencies and regions for the Scottish Parliament.