MacKay Hannah

Reform of Adults with Incapacity Law in Scotland: Understanding and shaping what is coming next


Sandra McDonald

Director, EX-PG Ltd (and former Public Guardian for Scotland)

Sandra holds qualifications in law, nursing and public sector management. Sandra worked as a Sister on an Intensive Care Unit, before ‘crossing sides’ to NHS management. Sandra managed various NHS services before undertaking and successfully completing a law degree. On graduating Sandra became an in house legal advisor to an NHS Trust. This somewhat unusual combination of experiences and qualifications were invaluable in her role as Public Guardian.

Public Guardian

For 14 years (2004-2018) Sandra was the Public Guardian for Scotland. The Public Guardian supports as well as supervises those appointed, under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, to administer the affairs of persons with incapacity. She holds qualifications in law, public sector management and nursing. She led a team of 80, delivering a service across the whole of Scotland.


Sandra offers mental capacity/incapacity advice and training, drawing on the breadth and wealth of her experience as Public Guardian. All advice and training is tailored to client's needs and is specifically designed to assist both those supporting, as well as those developing and delivering services for, people with incapacity.


Jill Stavert

Professor, Mental Health and Capacity Law and Director, Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, Edinburgh Napier University

I am a Law Professor situated within our School of Health and Social Care. My areas of research and expertise are international, European and national human rights and mental health and mental capacity law and I work with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations and bodies and regulatory bodies in the field of mental health, mental capacity and/or human rights. I regularly publish and present at conferences and seminars and am the founder and Director of our Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law.

The rights of, and law relating to, persons with mental health and mental capacity do not exist within disciplinary silos and requires a strong inter-disciplinary approach. This is why I am based in the School of Health and Social Care but at the same time have strong links with the Law Subject Group in the Business School and am the Law Research Lead and a council member of the Scottish Universities Law Institute.

I very much welcome enquiries and applications from potential Ph.D candidates relating to my research interests.


Cesar Rodriguez

Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, National Clinical Lead (Psychiatry), Improvement hub (ihub), Healthcare Improvement Scotland

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Jan Killeen

Author, Report on 'Creating an National Overarching Supported Decision-making Framework for Scotland'

Jan Killeen, former Policy Director, Alzheimer Scotland, was recently commissioned by the Scottish Government to produce a report on ‘Creating an National Overarching Supported Decision-making Framework for Scotland.’ This followed from her Churchill Fellowship research into supported decision-making initiatives in Australia in 2016. Much of Jan’s working life had focused on advancing legal and civil rights of people living with dementia and others with cognitive disabilities, first through Scottish Action on Dementia, which amalgamated with Alzheimer Scotland in 1994. From there she coordinated the national campaign for radical law reforms which led to the introduction of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000. This was followed by a series of related Scottish Government commissions, including research into the effectiveness of AWI (2002-2004), which in turn led to a three- year secondment to coordinate an action programme to improve AWI policy and practice.

Jan’s other related achievements include co-authoring the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers, producing policy reports and guides on autonomy and decision-making and giving presentations on international platforms, most recently a the International Guardianship Conference in South Korea. Jan served as a part-time Commissioner with the Mental Welfare Commission, for four years followed by four years as a Board member, finishing in 2016. Jan is a qualified social worker and teacher, with a degree in Sociology. At postgraduate level she specialized in community development and is committed to empowering people affected by cognitive difficulties.
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Lisa Kinroy

Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP

Lisa joined the Government, Regulation and Competition team in January 2018 and provides support and advice to clients on a wide range of regulatory and public law issues, including powers and duties of public authorities, human rights, discrimination, information law, and judicial reviews and statutory appeals.

Based in Edinburgh, Lisa is also a core member of the Corporate Crime and Investigations team. She joined Brodies LLP having completed a two year appointment as Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk. In that role, Lisa gained significant experience of criminal practice and procedure, particularly criminal appeals but also criminal trials and first instance procedural business. Lisa’s experience includes advising on:

• Financial crime, including bribery & corruption, tax offences and fraud
• Internal and regulatory investigations
• Civil remedies, including interdict and challenges to the legality of search warrants

Lisa regularly appears in the Sheriff Court and with counsel in the Supreme Courts, both in civil and criminal actions.

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Excellent programme, very informative and gave me ideas I want to pursue in relation to my work plan.

Margaret Stewart, Lifecare,
Care of Older People in Scotland 2016

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