The head of the Tribunal is the President, Dr Joe Morrow, who was appointed by Scottish Ministers on 1st September 2011 for a period of 5 years. Together with 11 Conveners and 27 Members they form the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland.
The Tribunal administration is called the Secretariat and exists to support the work of the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland. As well as supporting the hearing itself, the Secretariat is the point of contact for parents, education authorities and anyone with an interest in the Tribunal.
The Secretariat presently comprises of four staff. It is headed by the Operations Manager, Sara James, who has overall management responsibility for the efficient discharge of the statutory duties of the Tribunals.
The Secretary is Benet Brodie who is responsible for all administrative matters relating to references to the Tribunals and the case officers involved in the hearings. The Secretary is also responsible for the administration and management of the Tribunal website.
A Tribunal comprises of one convener and two members. However, Scottish Ministers have made rules to allow a convener to sit alone to consider certain references. Each Tribunal is supported by a case officer who will deal with all inquires in relation to the hearing and the progress of the case. We aim to assign the same case officer throughout the life of the reference.
The Secretariat is responsible for copying the necessary papers for cases, arranging hearings and dealing with correspondence and questions from parents and other agencies involved in the reference.