Public appointment: Board Member of Western Isles Health Board

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The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the appointment of Paul Macaskill as a member of the Western Isles Health Board


Paul Macaskill was born in Stornoway and has lived and worked in Stornoway for over 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy CIPFA), in addition to being a Chartered Auditor. Paul is currently the Chief Internal Auditor for Argyll and Bute Council, its Integration Joint Board, Leisure Trust and continues to work remotely from Stornoway. He has extensive experience working in the public sector, both in finance and audit, with current responsibilities including strategic and operational audit across three independent bodies, risk management and the Counter Fraud Team for the local authority. Paul is an ardent promoter of the public sector model for the delivery of local services and the positive impacts it can have on the communities it serves.


Mr Macaskill’s appointment will be for four years, commencing on 8 January 2024 and ending on 7 January 2028

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £8,276 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Macaskill does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

Political activity

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.   

Mr Macaskill has had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Western Isles is responsible for the protection and the improvement of its population’s health and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services to around 27,000 people living in the area, stretching from the Butt in the North part of the Isle of Lewis to Barra in the Southern part of the chain of islands. The Board’s role is to deliver high quality, person-centred care and to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the Western Isles.  In doing so, NHS Western Isles provides a comprehensive range of range of acute, mental health, primary and community services. 

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