SQA Chairman reappointed


The Scottish Governemnt has announced the reappointment of Graham Houston as Chair of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

SQA is an executive non-departmental public body established under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996.  It is responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees in Scotland.

Graham Houston is the Managing Director of Craigton Coaching & Consultancy and is an experienced, qualified management coach who has worked throughout the private and public sectors. He has over 25 years' experience in management development and executive coaching, and has held leadership roles in businesses throughout the country. Prior to setting up his own consultancy, he was the Scottish Director of The Work Foundation.

Graham was Vice Chairman of the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Scotland at the time the BBC Trust was set up, contributing to the new governance arrangements of the Trust and as Chairman of the Scottish and UK judging panels for The National Training Awards he led a UK panel which recognised best practice in people development.  In the past he was a Board member of UK Skills whose purpose is to help the UK raise vocational skills standards to world-class levels.

The reappointment will be for four years and will run from 2013 to 2017.

The reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £13,836 per annum. for a minimum time commitment of 1 day per week.

Graham Houston holds no other public appointments.

This reappointment was made in accordance with the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland's Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland.

All reappointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the reappointment process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last 5 years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.  Graham Houston is the former SNP leader of Stirling Council and was elected as a Councillor to Stirling Council in May 2012.