About us


Malcolm Burr - the Convener

Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive and Returning Officer of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, was appointed Convener of the Board in July 2018, taking over from Mary Pitcaithly OBE, the Board’s the first Convener.

Malcolm has been Chief Executive in Western Isles since November 2005. He was previously Assistant Chief Executive and Depute Returning Officer of Orkney Islands Council and began his career in Legal Services (including Elections) in Strathclyde Regional Council. Malcolm is a former Chair of SOLACE Scotland, the representative body for Local Government Chief Executives, and is currently a member of the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe.

Malcolm hails from Edinburgh and has degrees in Law from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Joyce White

Joyce White


Joyce White is the Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council, responsible for the management of Council operations and a wide range of key services, as well as working closely with Elected Members to ensure strong and visible leadership and direction.

Joyce is an accredited executive coach and mentor and has led leadership development programmes across public, private and voluntary sector.  She has served on various boards in a non-executive role including being a current board member at Youthlink Scotland and Inspiring Scotland.

A previous Chair of SOLACE Scotland (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives), she is also involved in SOLACE in Business in a non-executive director role, and is a Fellow with both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Joyce has been involved with Girl Guiding for many years, and is now Vice President and Ambassador for Girl Guiding Scotland in Ayrshire having also served as a County Commissioner.

In 2018, Joyce received an OBE for her services to local government, further education and Girl Guiding.

Jim Doig

photo of Jim Doig ERO D&G


Jim qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1995 and after 6 years in private practice in North West England, joined the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer for Dumfries & Galloway. He was appointed Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer in 2016.

He is a member of the Association of Electoral Administrators and holds the Certificate in Electoral Administration. Jim has been a member of the Scottish Assessors Association since 2008 and is currently the secretary of the SAA Electoral Registration Committee, having held the position since 2012.

Pete Wildman

Pete is the Assessor & Electoral Registration Officer for Central Scotland, having being appointed to that post in 2014. He is also the Chair of the Scottish Assessors Association’s (SAA) Electoral Registration Committee, which comprises the fifteen Scottish Electoral Registration Officers and their senior staff, He joined the SAA in 2005 and is currently Vice President of the Association. He is also an examiner for the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA).

He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1991, having trained in private practice in London. He then specialised in valuation for rating and Council Tax at the Assessor’s Office in Central Scotland.


Andrew Kerr OBE

Andrew Kerr Chief Executive and Returning Officer for the City of Edinburgh

Andrew Kerr took up post as Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 27 July 2015. He has previously been Chief Executive of Cornwall, Wiltshire and North Tyneside councils, and Chief Operating Officer in Cardiff.

A former international athlete, Andrew’s professional background is in Leisure and Sport and he was Director of Leisure and Culture at Birmingham Council (2000/2004) and Head of Participation at Sports Council for Wales for six years. Known for his work on Social capital, with an interest in developing communities, a reputation for his approach to change management and large scale joint ventures for economic benefit, he is one of the most experienced local government leaders working today.

In June 2021 Andrew was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to the public sector.

Jim Savege


Jim started his career training as a teacher in Liverpool before working in management consultancy across a range of sectors including defence and utilities. His career in local government spans nearly two decades with previous roles at Staffordshire County Council and Cumbria County Council.  
Jim took up post as Chief Executive with Aberdeenshire Council in February 2015.  He is Returning Officer for Aberdeenshire Council, overseeing the effective provision of General, Scottish and Local Elections, and the EU Referendum. He is committed to ensuring individuals and communities are able to participate fully and effectively in elections and democratic activity. 

Jim is the current Chair of SOLACE Scotland, Chair of the Scottish Resilience Partnership, and Clerk to the Lieutenancy for Aberdeenshire. 

Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford was recently appointed Assessor & Electoral Registration Officer for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board having served as Depute for the area for the last 10 years. She joined Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board in 1997.

Kate qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1981 whilst working for the Assessor for Dunbartonshire and Argyle & Bute. On qualification, Kate spent a period of time in private practice before rejoining an Assessor’s Office in 1997. She became a member of the Scottish Assessors Association in 2004 and in 2006 joined the Association of Electoral Administrators where she served as Scottish & Northern Ireland Branch Chair from 2012 -2014, after which she was elected to the National Board of the AEA and served as Depute, Chair and immediate past Chair from 2014-2017. She has recently been appointed as Vice Chair of the Scottish Assessors Association’s Electoral Registration Committee.

Steve Grimmond

Steve Grimmond is the Chief Executive of Fife Council and Returning Officer for Fife.

He has previously held Director, Chief Officer and Executive posts at Fife Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Dundee City Council and the Department of Health and Social Security with a range of areas of responsibility spanning planning, economic development, transportation, asset management, housing, culture and sport, parks and countryside, sustainability and emergency planning.

He was appointed as a Returning Officer member of the EMB from October 2018 for a four year term.

Kenneth Lawrie


Kenneth is Chief Executive of Falkirk Council and is appointed as Returning Officer for elections to that local authority and for the UK Parliamentary constituency of Falkirk.  For Scottish Parliamentary elections, Kenneth is Returning Officer for two constituencies, Falkirk East and Falkirk West. Prior to joining Falkirk as Chief Executive in August 2018 Kenneth had held senior posts at Dartford Borough Council in Kent and Scottish Borders Council before being appointed Chief Executive of Midlothian Council in September 2009.

In May 2019 Kenneth was appointed as Regional Returning Officer for the Electoral Region of Scotland for the final European Parliamentary Elections that would include the UK before the state left the EU.  In that role he was responsible for the delivery of the election across the whole of Scotland, overseeing the nomination process, the work of the 32 Local Returning Officers and the collation and declaration of the final results. 

Kenneth was appointed as a Returning Officer member of the EMB for a four year period from 1 November 2019.