About us

Who we are

We are part of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and were established in April 2001 following the passing of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act. We are based in Falkirk and our remit covers all of Scotland.

Our management team comprises Sandra McDonald, Public Guardian; Debra Allison, Deputy Public Guardian and Fiona Brown, Deputy Public Guardian.

Debra and Fiona are responsible for operational and support teams. We have approximately 75 members of staff.

Our operational budget for 2017-2018 is £2,715,428.30. This total figure incorporates both staff costs £2,508,219.30 (such as salaries, pensions etc.) and non-staff costs £207,209.00 (stationery, postage, printing, etc.)

Our mission statement

We are an evolving, customer centred and inclusive organisation committed to protecting and safeguarding the property and finances belonging to incapable adults living in Scotland.

Our story so far

We were established in April 2001, when the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 was enacted. Since then we have learned, evolved and built up expertise which has helped inform our practice and made us become better at what we do.  The Annual Review for 2016-2017 details what we have been involved with, where matters are sitting at the moment and what we intend to focus on in the forthcoming year.

We are a forward looking organisation continually seeking to improve and develop our services. Engagement with key partners and customers is fundamental in helping us achieve this.

Our dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable workforce will continue to help us deliver a high quality customer-centred service to protect and safeguard adults with incapacity. Our customer charter outlines the levels of service to expect from us.

Our plans for the future

We are currently reviewing our structures, practices and procedures to ensure that we are able to meet the demands made on our services both now and in the future.

We have a challenging business plan for 2016/17. Throughout the year much of our efforts will be focussed on engaging with our customers and stakeholders to improve awareness and knowledge of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.