WHO WE ARE
AND WHAT WE DO
Transport Scotland was created in 2006 as an
agency of the Scottish Government, accountable to Parliament and
the public through the Scottish Ministers, with our Chief Executive
reporting directly to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure
and Climate Change.
Transport Scotland is responsible, on behalf of Scottish
Ministers, for overseeing the operation and improvement of the
trunk road and railway networks, for running the national
concessionary travel schemes and for the provision of travel
information services. We also support Ministers in prioritising
future transport investments.
Our strategic focus
is to help the Scottish Government achieve its Purpose of creating
a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland
to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. Our
delivery priorities – improved connections across Scotland;
better journey times, better reliability; greener transport
alternatives, reduced emissions; and increased safety, more
innovation – are all aligned to this end. Taken together,
they provide a clear focus to enable us to develop and deliver
efficient, effective and sustainable transport infrastructure and
services for Scotland.
Our detailed delivery outcomes are set out in
our Corporate Plan and annual Business Plans. Delivery against our
targets for 2008/09 are summarised here.
Transport Scotland’s executive Directors report to the
Chief Executive and with him form part of the Executive Board of
Transport Scotland, on which they are also supported by two
independent non-executive Directors, Dr Iain Docherty and Dr
Jacqueline Redmond. The non-executive Directors do not have
operational responsibilities and are not civil servants. They are
appointed in line with public appointment procedures to bring
external perspectives and experience to the organisation. They also
constitute the audit committee together with a further external
appointee, Eileen Marshall.
Malcolm Reed retired as Chief Executive in January 2009 and was
replaced by David Middleton.
Richard Scott was appointed Director of Business Improvement in
August 2008. Guy Houston resigned as Director of Finance and
Corporate Services in November, following which Richard Scott also
became Acting Director of Finance and Corporate Services.
Subsequently, Richard Scott was appointed Director of Business
Improvement and Corporate Services and continued to act as interim
Director of Finance. Sharon Fairweather was appointed as Director
of Finance in August 2009.