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Mr Flanagan was slammed for holding meetings behind closed doors rather than in public.


He also delayed issuing board agenda papers until the day of the meetings.


 as is expected , with the former raising "very serious concerns" and the latter saying they "do not have confidence" in his leadership.


Malcolm Burr has been appointed by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to jointly lead a review which will consider how the executive of  can best support its Board to take informed, transparent decisions.


Mr Burr will provide an independent perspective in jointly leading the review along with the SPA deputy chair, Nicola Marchant.


His commitment will be around two days per month over three to four months or as required.


Mr Burr said: “Serving and safeguarding our communities is one of the most important duties in public life and it is important that arrangements are in place which support the highest standards of scrutiny and co-operative working, in the best interests of those communities.


“Part of that includes engaging stakeholders in the work of the Authority and we will be looking at how that can be strengthened and what the consequent staffing and operating structures for the SPA should be.


“I am very pleased to be asked to jointly lead this review and look forward to working with SPA deputy chair Nicola Marchant and other colleagues.”


Western Isles chief executive to head police watchdog review

15 June 2017

Malcolm Burr

The chief executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to lead a review into the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).


It follows the resignation of Andrew Flanagan as chair of the watchdog amid a controversy over transparency and governance.