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Mr John Anderson MBE


John Anderson, PIC Committee member

John Anderson MBE was brought up in Northern Ireland and after graduating from Trinity College of Music London, qualified as a teacher at London University Institute of Education. After some 15 years teaching, he returned to study, graduating in Law from Edinburgh University in 1992.

In 2012 John retired as Head of Fitness to Teach with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and is now a lay panellist with a number of regulatory bodies, including AAT, IFA, CIPFA and the Faculty of Advocates (Scottish Bar).

He is also currently the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee of the Farriers Registration Council, a member of the Discipline Board of ICAS and the Investigating Committee of the General Medical Council. From 2005-2010 John served on the Cabinet Office UK Honours Education Committee.

John is a Board member of Children’s Hearings Scotland, the government funded public body that supports the Statutory Tribunal that makes decisions regarding vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

John lives in Edinburgh in the fine company of his two Devon Rex cats, Edward and Elliot, and is also an organist of Duddingston Kirk.


Committee membership

  • Preliminary Investigation Committee


Declaration of interests


  • Children's Hearings Scotland - (non-executive) Board member appointed by Scottish Ministers





Appointments to other bodies

  • General Medical Council - Investigating Committee - Lay member and chair
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Conduct and Appeals Panel - Lay member and chair
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy - Disciplinary and Appeals Panel - Lay member and chair
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives - Disciplinary Tribunal - Lay member
  • Faculty of Advocates (Complaints Committee and Disciplinary Tribunal) - Lay member (nominated by Scottish Ministers)
  • Association of Accounting Technicians - Disciplinary Tribunal - Lay member
  • Institute of Financial Accountants - Disciplinary Committee - Lay member and chair

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations




  • General Teaching Council Scotland – Head of Fitness to Teach

  • Professional Association of Teachers – Senior Professional Officer

  • George Watson’s College, Edinburgh – Music teacher (secondary)

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)


Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information