Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry appoints chief executive 

The Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has appointed Ian Duddy as its Chief Executive. Ian will join the independent Inquiry from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, where he is currently Chair. 

As Chief Executive, Ian will be the Inquiry’s most senior official. He will be responsible and accountable for the administration and management of the Inquiry.  

Ian will bring to the Inquiry more than 20 years’ experience in leadership, advocacy and human rights, having served as a senior diplomat, UK Ambassador, and led the UK team at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

Ian Duddy.


He also led the Human Rights and Rule of Law Department at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and worked in the areas of justice, religious freedom, war crimes and modern slavery. During his diplomatic career, his overseas postings included Argentina, Switzerland (United Nations), Uruguay and Chile. Before joining the diplomatic service, Ian worked in the financial services sector and as an English language teacher in Japan.  

Commenting on his appointment, Ian, who is due to take up his new post in the summer, said: “I’m delighted to join the Inquiry team. This is without doubt the most wide-ranging Inquiry in Scotland’s history, as every one of us has been impacted by COVID-19 in some way. I’m looking forward to playing my part in ensuring that the Inquiry really delivers for the people of Scotland.” 

Lord Brailsford, Chair of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry, said: “Ian’s extensive leadership experience will help ensure the independent Inquiry into the devolved strategic response to the pandemic in Scotland continues to proceed apace. 

“Ian will also assist the Inquiry in upholding its commitment to conducting a robust, independent investigation and adopting a human rights-based approach in arriving at its findings and recommendations. In addition, he will play an important role in maintaining a positive and productive relationship with the many individuals and organisations with which the Inquiry is interacting, including bereaved families.”