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Online Identity Assurance National Stakeholder Group

Role of the group

The Scottish Government Digital Strategy committed to work with stakeholders, privacy interests and members of the public to develop a robust, secure and trustworthy mechanism by which an individual member of the public can demonstrate their identity online (to access public sector digital services).

This group will inform the design, direction and prioritisation of the Scottish Government's online identity assurance programme of work.

Roles and responsibilities

  • to inform the overall work to identify the potential options and develop the solution or solutions for a common approach to Online Identity Assurance

  • to advise the Programme Board on the content and direction of the programme, from a national stakeholder perspective

  • to represent a broad range of sectors and interests, which would potentially be impacted by the programme or be part of its delivery, including citizen interests, privacy groups, service providers, academic and professional interest groups

  • to inform the planning and delivery of the overall programme, including the Discovery project, forward plans for the Alpha and Beta phases, and plans for longer term implementation

  • to highlight connected issues and wider impacts; including identifying where there are links across the landscape and direction for digital public service delivery and a need for alignment to the national policy and legislative framework


  • the expectation is that this work will be conducted in the spirit and practice of open government

  • as part of this process, agendas, meeting papers and documentation will be proactively published

  • the aim is to make the work of the Group as open as possible. Meetings will be publically advertised, with the intention that those who wish to can have the opportunity to register to attend and participate

  • the Group will aim to meet quarterly, although may amend its schedule of meetings to fit the needs of the programme

  • members may nominate an alternate or delegate to attend those meetings which they are unable to attend

  • the Group will be supported by the Scottish Government Online Identity Assurance Team


  • Roger Halliday (Chair), Scottish Government Chief Statistician and Chief Data Officer
  • Bob Miller, Argyll and Bute Council
  • Douglas White, Carnegie UK Trust
  • Professor Charles Raab, Centre for Research into Information Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) and University of Edinburgh
  • Iain Forrester, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Douglas Shirlaw, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Joy Bramfitt-Wanless, Disclosure Scotland
  • Cameron Walker, Improvement Service
  • Maureen Falconer, Information Commissioner's Office Scotland
  • Martyn Wallace, Local Government Digital Office
  • David Laughlin, National Entitlement Card Programme Office
  • Alan Ferrier, National Records of Scotland
  • John Welford, No2ID
  • Matthew Rice, Open Rights Group
  • Tommy Laughlin, Scotland IS
  • David McNeill, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
  • Emma Harvey, Scottish Government Ingage Team
  • Arlene Stuart, Social Security Agency
  • Paul Dymock, Student Awards Agency for Scotland
  • TBC, Transport Scotland
  • Kirsten Urquhart, Young Scot

Scottish Government Attendees

  • Susie Braham, Online Identity Assurance Strategic Lead
  • Mike Crockart, Online Identity Assurance Technical Lead
  • Gavin Ross, Online Identity Assurance Programme Manager
  • Jess Roscoe, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stephen Peacock, Policy Manager
  • Ross Clark, Communications Manager (project lead for Open Government)
  • Leona Devlin, Project Support