NHS members appointed
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon, today announced the appointment of three new Members to Orkney NHS Board.
The new members are:
Gililan Skuse – brings to the board a wealth of knowledge gained from the private and public sector, including the NHS, and from running her own small business. From working in the NHS, Gillian is well aware of the systems and protocols that exist and the pressures placed upon the staff working in the hospitals and the community as well as the importance of patient care. Gillian has also been a board member and worked with the Citizens Advice Bureau and various agencies in the voluntary sector and understands the importance of partnership working. Gillian is the also the Orkney co co-ordinator for the Scottish Governments Paths for All initiative and works with groups throughout the area promoting walking for health throughout the community.
Jeremy Richardson – brings to the board experience from the education sector and the Third (Voluntary) Sector and with this an understanding of the issues facing Older People and those people with Mental Health problems who live in rural areas. Jeremy worked as a Secondary School teacher for 23 years before moving to work in the Third Sector, where he has held a number of senior positions. Jeremy has worked at Age Concern and been a member of the Age Concern National Working group. He has also worked as Director of a Mental Health Charity in Orkney. Jeremy also brings to the board experience of Third Sector governance arrangements, together with a wide experience of partnership working in the sector.
Rognvald Johnson – brings to the board experience of working in the financial and audit sectors. Rognvald retired in May 2000 as Senior Manager, Orkney Branches of The Royal Bank of Scotland, having previously worked in the Bank’s Internal Audit Department. This was followed by a spell as Development Officer at Orkney College. He has also served as Director of Orkney Enterprise from 1999 -2005, during which time he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Rognvald is currently engaged with Kirkwall Town Centre Partnership in seeking to develop a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town to try to regenerate the town centre.
These appointments will be for four years. The appointment for Gillian Skuse and Rognvald Johnson will run from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. The appointment for Jeremy Richardson will run from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2016.
These posts are part-time and attracts a remuneration of £7,332 for a time commitment of eight hours per week.
None of the new appointees not hold any other ministerial appointments.
NHS Orkney, the smallest Health Board in Scotland, is responsible for meeting the health needs of over 20,000 people living in the Orkney Islands. NHS Orkney employs approximately 550 staff and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community and hospital services for Orkney residents.
These Ministerial public appointments were made in accordance with the code of practice published by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland
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 five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.
Jeremy Richardson has had no political activity in the last five years.
Gillian Skuse stood as an independent candidate in the local elections in May 2012.
Rognvald Johnson has acted as a political agent, canvassed on behalf of a party of helped at elections and has held office such as Chair, Treasurer, or Secretary of a local branch of a party for the Conservative and Unionist Association. Rognvald has been Chairman of the local Association in Orkney for five years and acted as Agent in the 2011 Holyrood Election. However, he has now resigned as Chairman.