The Convener has engaged the Scottish Arbitration Centre to provide administrative support to the Convener and the Panels, including the coordination of training for the Panels. The Centre is a private company providing an administrative service to the Convener and Panels, and is not involved with the substantial decision making of the Panels. Juliet Dodds (Business and Development Manager at the Centre) manages the administrative support to the Convener and the Panels with assistance from Aileen Miller (Administrator at the Centre). For more about the staffing structure of the Centre, click here.
The administrative services for the centre were initially funded by grants paid by the Scottish Government. In April 2016 Scottish Government began a procurement process for the provision of administrative services for the Convener and the Panels. The Convener and Panels are now funded through a services contract from the Scottish Government. The services contract is to cover expenses related to the following:
- Payment of administrative staff and associated costs
- Training and meeting accommodation and associated costs
- Office accommodation and running costs
- Office equipment
- Travel and Subsistence (Scottish Government rates apply)
External legal services and fees for the Convener and Panel members are paid directly by the Scottish Government.
Grants paid to date:
1 January 2015 – 31 March 2015: £47,500
1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016: £40,000 (first installment of £80.000 for the full year)
1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016: £40,000 (second installment of £80,000 for the full year)
March 2016: £10,000
April 2016: £10,000
Total funding under services contract received to date: £31,876