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Matt Smith is new Human Rights Commissioner

5 July 2010

Matt Smith OBE has been appointed a part time member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the body created to promote and protect human rights in Scotland.

Mr Smith, who succeeds John McNeill, is the Scottish Secretary of UNISON and a former President of the STUC. He is also a member of the employment appeal tribunal and an executive member and honorary fellow of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

He sits as a JP in North Ayrshire and is a member of the Justice of the Peace Advisory Committee for North Strathclyde. He was appointed earlier this year to the Standards Commission for Scotland.

The three part time members (the other two are Professor Kay Hampton and Shelagh McCall) work an average of 30 days per year alongside the full time chair, Professor Alan Miller.

Mr Smith is expected to take up post on 1 September 2010.

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