The members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Please note that the positions on the Scotland Advisory Committee are not remunerated.


Dr Bill Maxwell

Now working as an educational consultant, Bill retired as Chief Executive of Education Scotland and HM Chief Inspector of Education for Scotland in June 2017. After an initial career in educational psychology, he joined the Scottish education inspectorate in the mid-90s, where he worked across Scotland. Bill became HM Chief inspector for Wales in 2008. Two years later he returned to the Scottish Inspectorate, before leading the creation of Education Scotland.

Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE

Cindy Sughrue is the Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, London. She was previously the Chief Executive & Executive Producer of Scottish Ballet where she significantly expanded the company’s work in the UK and internationally. Previous posts include Director of the Collective Gallery, and General Manager of Dance Base. Cindy has served on numerous Boards, and is currently a Trustee of the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Mariem Omari

Mariem Omari is a writer and activist, she has worked across the Middle East and North Africa with refugees and survivors of violence. She is committed to promoting stories that strengthen the voice for human rights and equality. Mariem is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Bijli Productions, Company in Residence at the National Theature of Scotland. Their mission is to create work that enables people to see diversity differently by exploring current social issues. 

Claire Tynte-Irvine

Claire is Head of the Scottish Government's International Division, a role she has held since June 2017. Previously she worked for the UK Government in London and India in senior policy roles.