Governance and board

Iriss's structure as a charitable company

As a charitable company limited by guarantee, Iriss is governed by a Strategic Board who are Directors and Trustees of the charitable company. Strategic Board members are appointed following open advertisement and, as a principle of good practice, our recruitment process mirrors that of the Office of the Commissioner of Public Appointments Scotland.

Iriss's governance arrangements became effective in early 2007 and support the Strategic Board to execute its legal and statutory responsibilities and demonstrate good practice by:

  • Implementing effective leadership, strategic direction and governance of Iriss
  • Focusing on Iriss's purpose and meet our intended outcomes for all stakeholders
  • Performing effectively as a Strategic Board (Board of Management) in clearly defined roles and functions
  • Putting our organisational values into practice and demonstrate these through behaviour
  • Taking informed, transparent decisions and managing risk
  • Developing the capacity and capability of Board members and senior employees to be effective and execute their governance responsibilities
  • Engaging with our stakeholders to encourage active dialogue and representation and make our accountability real



The Strategic Board is supported by a highly skilled and experienced staff team led by a director. The director is the accountable officer responsible for managing Iriss's activities and is supported in achieving the aims and objectives of Iriss by the team members. The Iriss Board are also the members of the limited company and are the equivalent of shareholders in a commercial company. The members have voting powers at our AGM and their role and remit is outlined in our Articles of Association.

Strategic Board Members

Amanda Britain
Advisor, Scottish Government Digital Health and Care | Communications Consumer Panel, Member for Scotland - Independent Chairperson
Martin Cawley
Chief Executive, The Beatson Cancer Charity
Dr Jim Elder-Woodward
Disability activist / writer
Tim Eltringham
Director of Health and Social Care – South Ayrshire Partnership
Helen Happer
Chief Inspector of Care and Social Work Services, Care Inspectorate
Nigel Henderson
Chief Executive, Penumbra
Dr Donald Macaskill
Chief Executive, Scottish Care
Dr George Palattiyil
Senior Lecturer / MSW Programme Director, School of Social and Political Sciences at University of Edinburgh
Neil Quinn
Co-Director, Centre for Health Policy; Reader in Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde
Andrea Wood
Chief Executive, KEY

Annual report and accounts

Iriss publishes a yearly report with accounts for the twelve months ending 31 March.