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Appointments to NHS Lothian

30/01/2004

Nine new appointments of members of Lothian NHS Board were announced today.

The appointments are for two years from April 1 for Robert Anderson, Carole Stevenson and Satnam Singh, four years from April 1 for David Belfall, David Crichton, Erica Hughes, Lesley Jamie and Stephen Renwick and four years from October 1 for Robin Burley.

Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm said:

"I am delighted to announce these important new appointments. Robert Anderson, Carole Stevenson, Satnam Singh, David Belfall, David Crichton, Erica Hughes, Lesley Jamie, Stephen Renwick and Robin Burley have already demonstrated, through the selection process, a clear understanding of the issues being faced within NHS Lothian, and each will bring energy and enthusiasm to the NHS Board."

Brian Cavanagh, Chair of Lothian NHS Board, said:

"I am delighted about these new appointments and particularly the expertise that they will bring to the Board. I also want to thank those Board members who are stepping down for their contribution and commitment."

Lothian NHS Board is responsible for the strategic planning of health services and the development of measures to improve the health of the community in the Lothian Region. To meet those needs it has an annual budget of over £780 million.

Mr David Crichton, 48, runs his own consultancy practice, providing advice on local economic development. He was previously Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian, from 1998-2003, and spent a total of 12 years with Scottish Enterprise. He has earlier experience in both the public, private and university sectors. He has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Mr Robert Anderson, 57, is a Member of the Management Committee of Melville Housing Association Limited, a charitable body that provides affordable housing to tenants in Midlothian and South Lanarkshire. Mr Anderson is a volunteer with the Scottish Mining Museum in Newtongrange, and an ordinary Member of Alzheimer Scotland Action on Dementia. He was previously a senior Manager with the NHS Scotland Common Services Agency.

Mr Anderson has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Mr Steve Renwick, 41, is Managing Director of Forensic Accounting Services (Edinburgh) Limited, a company specialising in public sector consultancy and training. Mr Renwick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants in England and Wales as well as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. Mr Renwick was previously Director of Finance at Falkirk Royal Infirmary and Manager of the Trust Finance Unit at the Scottish Office. Mr Renwick has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Mr Robin Burley MBE, 55, is a partner of Eskhill and Company, a firm which specialises in business coaching and conflict resolution services.

Mr Burley is the Chair of the Margaret Blackwood Housing Association and a Non-Executive Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. He was formerly the Director of Edinvar Housing Association and a Non-Executive Director of the East and Midlothian NHS Trust. He has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Miss Lesley Jamie, 29, is a Chartered Accountant. She has worked within the public sector for the past eight years and currently manages the Performance Audit Group at Scott Moncrieff. Lesley and her team specialise in NHS and local government reviews, focussing on performance management, best value and value for money. Miss Jamie has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Mr David Belfall, 56, is a retired civil servant. He was formerly Head of the Housing and Area Regeneration Group of the Scottish Executive and before that Head of the Health Policy and Public Health Directorate. He is a past Chair of the Wester Hailes Partnership. Currently he is a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Chair of the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and a member of the SCVO Policy Committee.

Mr Belfall has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, he is currently a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission for which he receives a daily remuneration of £230 or £32.75 per hour.

Mrs Carole Stevenson, 46, is a Chartered Surveyor by profession. She has been a Trustee of West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust for a number of years, where she chairs the Clinical Governance Committee. Mrs Stevenson has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, she is currently a member of the West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust, for which she receives an annual remuneration of £7,160. This appointment will cease on the dissolution of the Trusts with effect from March 31.

Mrs Erica Hughes, 42, is a former Management Consultant specialising in Information Technology. She has been a Council Member for the Scottish Society for Autism, and has also been a member of the Cross Party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Scottish Parliament. She currently gives occasional lectures on how best to teach children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. She is a lone parent to four children with special needs. Mrs Hughes has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, and does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Mr Satnam Singh, 43, is a non-executive trustee and Chair of the audit committee of Lothian NHS Primary Care Trust. Mr Singh is a policy consultant for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering where he has responsibility for Black and minority ethnic issues in Scotland. Mr Singh also works as an associate lecturer with the Open university, teaching on the Diploma in Social work programme.

Mr Singh has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years, he is currently a member of the Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust, for which he receives an annual remuneration of £7,160. This appointment will cease on the dissolution of the Trusts with effect from March 31.

It is expected that as Members they will each contribute around eight hours per week for which the annual remuneration is £7,160.

The public appointments have been made in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Public Appointments (OCPA). A statement of validation from the Independent Assessor appointed by OCPA has been obtained. This confirms full compliance with the OCPA Code of Practice at each stage of the appointments process.