NHS Highland announces appointment of three new board members

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Three new non-executive members have been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary to the NHS Highland Board.

Alexander Anderson, Jean Boardman and Philip MacRae have each been appointed for four years by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Jeane Freeman.

Interim NHS Highland chairman Boyd Robertson said: ‘I warmly welcome these appointments which give a timely infusion of new blood to the board.

‘The appointment of new members resident in Argyll and Caithness reflects the widespread nature of the area the board serves.

‘The three new members bring a wide range of skills and a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board at a time when we are beginning to address the findings of the Sturrock Report into the culture of the organisation and meeting the challenge of a sustained programme of financial recovery.’

Alexander Anderson has worked in the highly regulated nuclear industry for 40 years, advising Scottish and UK governments and providing consultancy to the International Atomic Energy Agency. With this, he has the knowledge, business acumen and experience to bring to his appointment to NHS Highland.

He is a strategic thinker with communication and people-centred skills. Alex has lived and worked in Caithness for more than 40 years. He also serves as a non-executive director on the Scrabster Harbour Trust Board.

Jean Boardman worked in Aberdeenshire and Moray for 25 years as a music teacher, progressing to head of Instrumental Music Service for Aberdeenshire Council.

Following studies in counselling and inspired by her voluntary role as a Children’s Panel member in Scotland’s Children’s Hearings System, Jean went on to study social work and embark on a new career in social care for 12 years, working in the fields of child protection and adult addictions services.

Latterly, as national co-ordinator for the Scottish Cot Death Trust, Jean worked closely with NHS staff, Procurators Fiscal, Police Scotland, Social Work and Third Sector services across Scotland to convene multi-disciplinary reviews following the unexpected deaths of infants and to lecture in the reduction of risk.

Now retired, Jean enjoys active involvement in voluntary work and plays violin in orchestral and traditional music groups in Argyll.

Philip MacRae has 30 years’ experience working in policing throughout the Highlands and Islands.

He has lived and worked across many communities within the Highlands and has a proven track record in public sector leadership and management.

Philip is an ardent supporter of the NHS and looks forward to bringing his knowledge and experience of working in the public sector to help develop outstanding health and care services in NHS Highland.

The appointments will be for four years and will run from Monday July 1 to June 30, 2023. The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,416 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Visit www.appointed-for-scotland.org to read more about the appointments.