Who We Are

The  Scottish Fiscal Commission currently comprises three Commissioners. Commissioners have executive responsibility for core functions, including the judgements reached in its forecasts and abide by a Code of Conduct (0.5MB PDF).

Chair - Dame Susan Rice DBE

Chair - Dame Susan Rice DBE

Susan Rice DBE, a Chartered Banker, is inter alia Chairman of Scottish Water, President of the Scottish Council of Development and Industry, non-executive director of J Sainsbury, the Banking Standards Board, and a lay member of Court of Edinburgh University. Before that, she was senior Vice President at NatWest Bancorp in New York and, earlier, a dean at Yale and Colgate Universities in America and a published medical researcher. She has been senior independent director and chaired the Remuneration Committee of FTSE 30 Previously, she was Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc, the first woman to head a UK clearing bank, and Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group.

Professor Alasdair Smith

Professor Alasdair Smith

Alasdair Smith has been an inquiry chair at the Competition and Markets Authority since 2014, having been a Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission since 2012. Alasdair was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex and was Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1998 to 2007. He has been a member of pay review bodies covering the prison service, doctors and dentists, armed forces (chair), and senior salaries. He is currently a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator.

David Wilson

David Wilson

David Wilson is the Executive Director of the International Public Policy Institute at Strathclyde University. David joined the University in August 2015 from the Scottish Government, where he held a number of senior posts, including Director of Business and Director of Energy and Climate Change. David has extensive experience working as a professional economist, including the forecasting and scrutiny of energy and transport projects. Alongside these skills, David brings policy and leadership expertise, covering communications and organisational development.

Governance Board

The Commissioners are also responsible for the corporate governance of the Commission through a Governance Board.  The Board is collectivley responsible for the leadership and direction of the Commission and for ensuring it achieves the strategic objectives set out in the Corporate Plan.

We publish the minutes for all board meetings. 

The way in which the Board works is set out in our Corporate Governance documents.


Commissioners are supported in their work by the Commission’s permanent staff of civil servants, led by John Ireland, Chief Executive. The staff work in teams covering Macro Analysis, Fiscal Analysis and Corporate Services. Vacancies are advertised openly where possible and applications for externally advertised posts are welcome from both inside and outside the civil service.

Previous Commissioners on the Non-Statutory Commission

Professor Charles Nolan was a Commissioner from July 2016 to March 2017

Professor Campbell Leith was a Commissioner from June 2014 to March 2017

Professor Andrew Hughes Hallet was a Commissioner from June 2014 to July 2016