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Board Members' Biographies


Chair: Rory Mair


Rory was Chief Executive of COSLA from 2002 - 2015. Prior to this, Rory had spent five years as Director of Aviemore Projects for Highlands & Islands Enterprise, and before that he worked in a number of senior Local Government roles, including as Strategic Director for Social Strategy with Fife Council, and Chief Executive of Ross & Cromarty District Council.  Rory was awarded the CBE in 2012. 


Lindsay Hall

Internal Trustee (Chair of Orkney CAB)








Lindsay’s working life has included a period off-shore with North Sea Oil; several years as a Lighthouse Keeper; five years as a civilian employee of the British Army in Berlin; and a position as Custodian of a War Museum. He currently works part-time for the Criminal Justice Section in Orkney. He has also been a member of a number of voluntary sector Boards, including the SCVO, and has a long voluntary association with Orkney CAB, of which he is currently chair. 


Martin Jones

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Martin holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law (with a specialism in computers and law). For the past 20 years, he has worked as an academic in universities in England and Germany and also for a time as an information technology consultant. For the past thirteen years, Martin has worked at Glasgow Caledonian University where he currently leads the law team.  At GCU, he has held a variety of senior management roles which has placed him at the centre of strategy development and implementation.  Martin is committed to public service and has held roles on a Parent Council and as a Community Councillor. For the past five years, he has held a non-executive role on the Board of Argyll College and has worked to set up a sub-committee of the Board which he now chairs. 

Martin is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Rules & Waivers Sub-Committee.


Martyn Buckley

Internal Trustee (Treasurer of Central Borders CAB)








Martyn worked in public sector finance for 39 years, serving in a number of Local Authorities across Scotland, including the Western Isles, Perth & Kinross and Scottish Borders. Following this he did some financial training and project consultancy work for a number of public sector bodies. He has been a Trustee of the Borders CAB consortium since 2011. He has also served on the CAS Development Committee. 


Flora Martin

External Trustee







Flora has thirty years experience in communications, running her own business as well as working in senior positions for plc-level companies. She has won several awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Practitioners. She has been on the CAS Board since 2013, served two terms on the board of Glasgow Life and is currently also a board member of Action for Children (Scotland).


Nicholas Grier

Internal Trustee (Chair of Penicuik CAB)








Nicholas worked as a solicitor in Edinburgh before moving to teach law at Napier University, where he developed close links with the Penicuik CAB – of which he is currently Chair. He is also currently Professor of Commercial Law at Abertay University. He has written a number of books on Scots law, as well as having been legal adviser to the Scottish Parliament for two bills on the law relating to bankruptcy and diligence.  


Shareen Gault

External Trustee







Having worked in private practice as a solicitor for several years, Shareen became Legal and Compliance Manager for the Student Loans Company in Scotland.  She is currently General Counsel to an offshore renewable energy company based in Glasgow.   In addition to her role on the CAS Board she is also a non-Executive Director and Company Secretary of the Govan Community Project.  


Karen Nailen

Internal Trustee (Manager of CAB West Lothian)







Karen has 17 years experience working in the Scottish CAB service, first at Motherwell & Wishaw CAB and then as Manager of West Lothian CAB since 2010. She has been a member of the CAS board since 2015, and holds a degree in Business Management.


David Rankin

External Trustee







David has 25 years experience in running and transforming Finance functions and has worked for some of the UK’s largest companies, including Unilever, Burtons, Barclays Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Ernst & Young and IBM. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Graeme Bissett

External Trustee







Graeme has held senior management roles in professional services, automotive retail and telecomms, as well as non-executive positions in commerce, government, charities and higher education. His commercial roles currently include smart meters, legal services and housebuilding. Graeme is a member of Court at Glasgow University, a non-executive director of the Scottish Futures Trust, and an independent non-executive member of the Board of the Scotland Office. Graeme was Chair of Children 1st from 2009-16.


Zara Strange

Internal Trustee (Manager of Aberdeen CAB)








Since 2008 Zara has been manager of Aberdeen CAB – one of the largest CABs in Scotland. Prior to that she was a self-employed accountant, before becoming Witness Service Co-ordinator for Victim Support Scotland (2001-2005) and then Vulnerable Witness Officer for the Scottish Government (2005-2008). In addition to being a CAS trustee she has also held a number of other voluntary positions, including membership of the Aberdeenshire Children’s Panel.


Callum Thomson

External Trustee

Callum is a senior manager at the Scottish Parliament, currently head of the research, communications and public engagement group. He is a member of the Association of Project Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has previously been a Director for a housing association for people with learning difficulties, and a Member of the BBC Audience Council for Scotland.