Gender balance on public boards in Scotland

Ally Tibbitt made this Freedom of Information request to Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission as part of a batch sent to 64 authorities

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Dear Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission,

This is a Freedom of Information Request.

In November 2015 The First Minister made a commitment to work towards gender balance on all public boards in Scotland.

Please could you supply me with the following information?

1. At November 12 2015, how many men and and how many women were on the board of your organisation?
2. At November 12 2015, was the Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man or a woman?
3. How many men and how many women are now on the board of your organisation?
4. Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man or a woman?
5. Does the board have a formal strategy or policy commitment to achieving gender balance? If so please supply a copy of the document where the policy is laid out. Please also confirm the date that this policy was adopted.
6. What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the organisation?

Please do not send the requested information in pdf format files. I would prefer to receive the requested information by email in a machine readable format such as MS Excel.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Stephen Lynn, Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

Dear Mr Tibbitt

 

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I refer to your email request of 19 January 2017 in which you requested
the following:

 

1.   At November 12 2015, how many men and and how many women were on the
board of your organisation?

 

2.   At November 12 2015, was the Chairperson (or person with an
equivalent role) a man or a woman?

 

3.   How many men and how many women are now on the board of your
organisation?

 

4.   Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man
or a woman?

 

5.   Does the board have a formal strategy or policy commitment to
achieving gender balance? If so please supply a copy of the document where
the policy is laid out. Please also confirm the date that this policy was
adopted.

 

6.   What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the
organisation?

 

I note your request is one made under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).  Section 1 of FOISA provides individuals with
a right of access to all recorded information held by public authorities
in Scotland. Anyone is entitled to use that right, and a public authority
may withhold the information only where FOISA expressly permits it. I do
not consider that any of the exemptions to disclosure of information apply
in this case.

 

I would respond to your requests as follows:

 

1.   At that date the Commission had 8 Board Members, 2 of whom were
female and 6 were male;

 

2.   At that date our Chairman was female;

 

3.   The Commission currently has 8 Board Members, 2 of whom are female
and 6 are male;

 

4.    The Commission’s current chairman is male.

 

5.   The Commission has no such policy in place for staff. As regards
appointments to the Commission’s Board, all appointments are made through
the Scottish Government’s Public Appointments Team and I understand that
it is intended that the Commission will be covered by the Gender
Representation Bill currently proceeding through the Scottish Parliament,
which is intended to set gender representation objectives for public
boards.

 

6.   The Commission has a staff of 15. This includes a Chief Executive
(male), a Directors of Corporate Services (male), a Head of Casework
(male), 8 Legal Officers (3 female, 5 male) (1 part time) and 4 admin
staff (3 female and 1 male). 3 admin staff work part-time). The gender
balance is therefore 9 males and 6 females. The FTE medians relative to
pay are as follows:

 

Male: £34,902 (this figure excludes the Chief Executive’s salary. When
that salary is included the median male figure is £36,804);

Female: £30,027.

 

I trust this is of assistance to you. If you believe that my decision in
respect of the information you requested is incorrect, you have the right
to request the Commission to review it. Your request should set out why
you are dissatisfied with the outcome. Your request should be made within
40 working days of the receipt of this letter, and the Commission will
reply within 20 working days of its receipt of your request. The review
will be undertaken by Mr Chris Reddick, the Commission’s Director of
Corporate Services Portland House, 17 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 5AH, who
was not involved in the original decision-making process. If the
Commission’s decision is unchanged following a review, you have the right
to ask the Scottish Information Commissioner to review the decision.

 

Regards

 

Stephen Lynn

Legal Officer

Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

Portland House

17 Renfield Street

Glasgow

G2 5AH

 

(0141 270 7030

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