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NHS Education for Scotland Board

11/02/2010

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon today announced the new appointment of the Chair of the NHS Education for Scotland Board.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"I am very pleased to announce this appointment. Dr Burley will bring a valuable range of skills and experience which will be of great benefit to NHS Education for Scotland. She has shown a strong commitment to public service over many years and demonstrates a clear up-to-date knowledge of current health policy"

Dr Lindsay Burley is a former Health Board Chief Executive who has been Chairman of the National Waiting Times Centre Board for the last seven years. Dr Burley is a non-executive member of NHS Education for Scotland Board which will end on 31 March 2010 and is also a member of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council, for which she receives an annual remuneration of £11,376. Dr Burley runs a business coaching and mediation company in partnership with her husband.

Dr Burley brings a great deal of experience of the Scottish NHS, having worked for it as a Clinician, Senior Manager and most recently, a Health Board Chairman. Her non executive and chairing roles include her recent appointment as Chair of the Scottish Association for Mental Health. She has been involved in further and higher education as a Board member of a College, and as lay Governor of a University, as well as nearly four years experience as a Member of the Scottish Funding Council. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

This appointment will be for a period of two years from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012.

This post is part-time with a time commitment of three days per week for which the annual remuneration is £24,960.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the Health Service's own training organisation. It has statutory functions to enable it to fulfill its remit of promoting best practice in the education and lifelong learning of all NHS staff.

This Ministerial public appointment was made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland's Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity within the last 5 years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Dr Burley has not been involved in any political activity within the last five years.