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Online Identity Assurance National Stakeholder Group: remit, terms of reference

Published: 22 Mar 2018
Digital Directorate
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Online Identity Assurance National Stakeholder Group: remit and terms of reference.


1. To inform the design, direction and prioritisation of the Scottish Government's Online Identity Assurance Programme of work, as set out in the overall Programme Plan, which sets out the actions to deliver the Scottish Government Digital Strategy commitment 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).

Roles and responsibilities

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

3. To advise the Programme Board on the content and direction of the programme, from a national stakeholder perspective.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.


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

8. As part of this process, agendas, meeting papers and documentation will be proactively published.

9. 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.

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

11. Members may nominate an alternate or delegate to attend those meetings which they are unable to attend.

12. The Group will be supported by the Scottish Government Online Identity Assurance Team.

Confirmed Members

Name Organisation Nominated alternate
Roger Halliday (Chair) Scottish Government Chief Statistician and Chief Data Officer Susie Braham
Bob Miller Argyll and Bute Council
Douglas White Carnegie UK Trust Rachel Heydecker, Anna Grant
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 David Freeland
Martyn Wallace Local Government Digital Office
David Laughlin National Entitlement Card Programme Office Brenda Robb
Alan Ferrier National Records of Scotland Stuart Law, Tim Ellis
John Welford No2ID
Matthew Rice Open Rights Group
Tommy Laughlin Scotland IS
David McNeill Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Penni Rocks Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate
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 Danielle Logan
Stephanie Brown Registers of Scotland
TBC Education Scotland
TBC Children and Young People's Commissioner

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

As agreed by the National Stakeholder Group February 2018

22 Mar 2018
Online Identity Assurance National Stakeholder Group: remit, terms of reference