The Independent Safeguarding Authority has announced the former acting deputy chief constable of Lancashire Police, Adrian McAllister, as its first chief executive. McAllister will oversee the day-to-day running of the new body, which will make decisions on whether or not individuals pose a risk to children and vulnerable adults. He will report to ISA chair Roger Singleton and will oversee the work of up to 250 staff at the organisation’s Darlington office.
Professor Dinesh Bhugra has been elected as the next president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Bhugra, who is professor of mental health and cultural diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and honorary consultant at the South London and Maudsley Trust, will begin his term of office in July 2008. He has been dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2003.
Independent analyst and public policy commentator Jim McCormick has been appointed as the new Scotland adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Previously director of the Scottish Council Foundation, the independent think-tank specialising in policy research and practice, McCormick will advise the JRF on policy and practice developments in Scotland and be responsible for enhancing the JRF’s networks across Scotland.