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Ronnie Hinds CPFA, Chair

Appointed 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2017
Ronnie Hinds is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience in local government in Scotland and the UK. He was Chief Executive of Fife Council for seven years until he retired in June 2013. Prior to that he held posts as Head of Financial Services with the City of Edinburgh Council, Director of Finance with North Lanarkshire Council and Controller of Audit and Deputy Auditor General for Scotland.

Deputy Chair

Currently vacant.

Ailsa Henderson

Appointed 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2017
Ailsa Henderson is a Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, where she gained her PhD and now teaches courses on research methods, quantitative analysis, UK and comparative politics. Her published research examines sub-state political behaviour, including voter turnout, political culture and civic engagement. She was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto and was formerly Working Groups Chair of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly for Electoral Reform.

Roland Bean

Appointed 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2017
Roland Bean holds a degree in Geography and an MPhil in Urban Design and Regional Planning and is a chartered Town Planner. He spent his career in Local Government in Scotland, latterly as Head of Planning for Perth and Kinross Council. After taking early retirement in 2011, he worked for VSO in Zambia as a Planning and Management Advisor. He is currently a volunteer with Planning Aid Scotland. Mr Bean brings to the Commission wide knowledge and experience of demography and of the operation of Local Government and town planning in Scotland.

Susan Walker OBE

Appointed 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2017
Susan Walker has a degree in Geography and a PhD in computer mapping. She has worked in the rural and environment sector for over 30 years. She was for a time Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen. Over the last 15 years she has held a number of Board positions with public bodies in Scotland. She is currently Acting Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage having been on their Board since 2010, and also represents them on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Susan is currently also a member of the customer forum representing customer interests to Scottish Water. She is a trustee of the Macaulay Development Trust.

Register of Interests

The Commission maintains a Register of Interests of Commissioners. The Register, together with the Code of Practice for Commissioners which describes the content of the Register, is available from the Publications section of this website.


The work of the Commission is supported by a small Secretariat which is headed by the Secretary, Isabel Drummond-Murray. Isabel is a civil servant. She began her career in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food where she worked on food industry policy and in Ministerial Private Office before transferring to the Scottish Government. During her time in Scottish Government she has worked on environmental policy; criminal justice policy; on tackling homelessness; on violence against women issues; and as a PCS lay representative and Secretary of the Council of Scottish Government Unions.

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