Our Advisory Groups
Advisory Group on Biometric Data
Section 33(1) of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act 2020 provides that the Commissioner must establish and maintain an Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to give advice and information to the Commissioner about matters relating to the Commissioner’s functions.
The members of the group are determined by the Commissioner, subject to the approval of the Parliamentary Corporation as to the number of members, the persons to be appointed, and any remuneration or expenses.
The procedure for the group is to be such as the Commissioner determines, and the group will initially meet twice per year. This will be reviewed after the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner has completed one business cycle.
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid
Director, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic ScienceLeverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science | University of Dundee
Dr Genevieve Lennon
Strathclyde UniversityUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Dr Brian Plastow
Scottish Biometrics CommissionerScottish Biometrics Commissioner
Director of Forensic Services, Scottish Police AuthorityHome of Scottish Police Authority
Assistant Inspector of Constabulary in ScotlandHMICS | Home
Data Governance Manager, Police ScotlandPolice Scotland
Detective Chief Superintendent, Police ScotlandPolice Scotland
Director of Operations, PIRCPolice Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC)
Dr Ken Macdonald
Head of ICO RegionsICO
Head of Strategy, CYPCSThe Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland
Scottish Human Rights CommissionScottish Human Rights Commission
Chief Data Officer, Police ScotlandPolice Scotland
Head of Change & Operational Scrutiny, Scottish Police AuthorityScottish Police Authority
Professor Shannon Vallor
Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) at University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh
Corporate Services Manager, Scottish Biometrics CommissionerScottish Biometrics Commissioner
Operations Manager, Scottish Biometrics CommissionerScottish Biometrics Commissioner
Professor Peter Fussey
Professor of Sociology at University of Essexhttps://www.essex.ac.uk/
Professor William Webster
Professor of Public Policy and Management at University of Stirlinghttps://www.stir.ac.uk/
Advisory Audit Board (AAB)
As part of its governance arrangements, the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body (SPCB) has established an Advisory Audit Board (AAB) to perform a function like that of an Audit Committee. The main purpose of the AAB is to provide advice to the Clerk/Chief Executive of the Parliament and, where appropriate, the SPCB on the standard of corporate governance and internal control across the organisation. The terms of reference can be found here.
The members of the AAB are as follows:
Andy Shaw is a chartered accountant with over 22 years of experience providing external audit and internal audit services to organisations across the UK. Andy is a Partner at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (‘AAB’), where he is the Head of Public Sector and Not for Profit. Prior to joining AAB he held a senior role at KPMG LLP with a portfolio of clients in local government, central government, health, social housing, the third sector and corporate entities. He has significant experience in financial reporting, risk management, governance and internal controls which he applies to his Advisory Audit Board roles.
Andy is also a member of Advisory Audit Boards of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman, and the Scottish Information Commissioner.
David Watt is an experienced non-executive director/trustee, deploying skills in financial reporting, strategic and performance development at senior level. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
David spent 36 years in professional practice with KPMG, leading financial reporting and assurance services to publicly-funded and non-for-profit organisations in central and local government, housing, further and higher education and the NHS. Current appointments include non-executive directorship of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, independent membership of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Advisory Audit Board and of a number of its Officeholder Advisory Audit Boards, membership of the Board of Management of Glasgow Clyde College and membership of the audit and risk committee of the University of Glasgow. David is also a member of the Public Sector Panel of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Parliamentary Commissioners have access to the services of the AAB. This provides a mechanism for the AAB to oversee the management of risk and audit issues within the office of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner and to advise the Commissioner on matters relating to good governance. This includes:
Monitoring the integrity of the Biometric Commissioner’s financial statements, including its annual and interim reports and any other formal announcement relating to its financial performance, reviewing significant financial reporting issues and judgements which they contain. Reviewing summary financial statements and any financial information contained in certain other documents, such as budget submissions.
Reviewing the effectiveness of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner’s internal financial controls, other internal controls, performance management and risk management systems.
Reviewing the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner’s arrangements for its employees to raise concerns, in confidence, about possible wrongdoing in financial reporting or other matters. Ensuring that these arrangements allow proportionate and independent investigation of such matters and appropriate follow up action.
Advise the Commissioner in relation to engaging suitable external auditors; reviewing and assessing internal audit requirements and approving annual internal audit work plan; reviewing all reports from those auditors; reviewing and monitoring the senior management team's responsiveness to the findings and recommendations of the auditor.
Oversee the relationship with the external auditor; meet regularly with the external auditor, including before and after the audit; meet the external auditor at least once a year, without members of the senior management team present, to discuss their remit and any issues arising from the audit; review and approve the annual audit plan and ensure it is consistent with the scope of the audit engagement; review the findings of the audit with the external auditor.