Director-General Health and Social Care/Chief Executive of the NHS

Current role holder: Malcolm Wright

Malcolm Wright

Malcolm Wright was appointed Director-General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHSScotland in June 2019.


The Director General for Health and Social Care/Chief Executive of NHS is responsible for maintaining a high standard of care for the people of Scotland and for providing support to Scotland's health and social care professionals.

The Director-General Health and Social Care/Chief Executive of the NHS is a member of the Scottish Government's Corporate Governance Board.


Malcolm Wright previously held a range of NHS Chief Executive appointments covering Tayside, Grampian, NHS Education, Dumfries and Galloway and Edinburgh Sick Children’s NHS Trust.

Malcolm has spent his career in the NHS, starting as an administrative trainee with Lothian Health Board in 1975. He progressed through a range of managerial and leadership positions.

Malcolm was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Paisley in 2007, an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of General Practitioners in 2007, an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2008 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2012.