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Russell to head Judicial Appointments Board

7 October 2008

Sir Muir Russell, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, has been appointed as the new chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

He will succeed Sir Neil McIntosh who is standing down after six years.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "I am delighted to announce Sir Muir's appointment today. Under the guiding hand of its first chairman Sir Neil McIntosh, the Judicial Appointments Board has firmly established itself as part of Scotland's judicial system. In Sir Muir the independent panel that recommended this appointment have identified someone of experience and skill who is very well placed to take the Board forward, and in due course onto a statutory footing."

Sir Muir was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow in 2003. Before that he had a successful career in public service, serving latterly as Permanent Secretary in the Scottish Executive from 1999 to 2003. He has held a number of public appointments and was knighted in 2001.

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