NHS Board Chair Appointment


Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon, today announced the appointment of the Chair to the Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board.

The new Chair will be:

Dr Martin Cheyne - Dr Cheyne retired in 2000, previously working for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) for over 30 years, 20 of which were spent managing operations overseas in Dubai, Zambia, Chile, Hong Kong and Mexico. Since retiring he has been Chair of Ayrshire Council on Alcohol, Chair of Court at Glasgow Caledonian University, a non executive Director of Scottish Government, chairing the Health and Social Care and Education and Lifelong Learning Audit and Risk Committees. He is also Vice Chair of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland and recently retired as Chief Executive of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce. He has also recently received an honorary degree from Glasgow Caledonian University. Dr Cheyne has experience in leading organisations and managing risks and brings to the board knowledge of organisational governance and outcomes based performance.

This appointment will be for 4 years and will run from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2015.

This post is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £29,640 per annum (which is non-pensionable) for a time commitment of 3 days per week.

Dr Cheyne - Is a non-executive Director of the Scottish Government (until 31st December 2011) and receives remuneration of £232 per day. He is also a non-executive Director of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and receives remuneration of £16,000 per annum.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 400,000 people living in the area, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the population.

This Ministerial public appointment was 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 5 years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Dr Martin Cheyne has not had any political activity within the last 5 years.