Kay is Professor of Communities and Race Relations and holds a PhD in Sociology. Kay held senior positions at Glasgow Caledonian University, The University of Durban-Westville, SA and the Strategic Planning Department at Durban City Council, SA. As an applied research specialist, she spent most of her time actively applying her academic knowledge in practical contexts, shaping policies and strategies in government, public and voluntary sectors. More recently she was Chair/Deputy Chair and Scotland Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality, Scottish Chair and UK Board member of the BIG Lottery Fund, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission UK, Council of the Law Society, Convenor of its Equality and Diversity Committee and a member of its Regulatory Committee and Trustee of several Scottish Voluntary organisations.
Kay is currently Trustee, the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Public Appointments Assessor, Commission for Ethical Standards and Public Appointments, Adjudicating Panel Member, General Teaching Council for Scotland, Lay Member, Scottish Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal. She is also an Ambassador for TCV, a UK environmental charity. Being a strong advocate for ethical governance practice, she is actively involved in regulatory and human rights work. Kay works as a freelance social researcher trainer and special advisor on fair and accountable governance; risk and outcome-based business development strategies and the realisation of equality, diversity, human rights and social justice outcomes.
She is a fellow of The Higher Education Academy and the RSA.