Elaine Boyd OBE FCCA

Director, Audit Quality and Appointments, Audit Scotland

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Politics and Law

Elaine’s career has focused on public sector finance, initially in the NHS and for the last 20 years at Audit Scotland, the public sector spending watchdog. She is currently the Director of Audit Quality and Appointments and is responsible for annual reporting of quality standards on more than £50 billion of annual spending.

She is a trustee of the charity Exceed Worldwide that supports people with disabilities living in poverty by providing free prosthetic and orthotic services in south and south-east Asia. Having an ankle foot orthosis herself, Elaine understands the positive impact provision of these services can have on wellbeing and mobility.

Inclusive and adaptive leisure activities are important to Elaine, and she thrives on finding solutions to barriers that could prevent her from participating in leisure activities due to cerebral palsy. Recently Elaine has taken up cycling and enjoys riding her adapted etrike with the Callander Meanderers in the Trossachs. Skiing with Disability Snowsports UK is her other passion, and she is a member of the user group which provides views on future services.

Elaine’s motto is “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

“Having disabled representation on boards is critical to ensure decision making is inclusive. The pandemic has created more opportunities to do this through virtual working opportunities. This should not however dilute the need to improve accessibility for all.”

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