Public appointment: Chair Reappointed to Orkney NHS Board

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The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the reappointment of Meghan McEwen as Chair of Orkney NHS Board.


Meghan McEwen is delighted to serve as Chair of NHS Orkney for a further four year term.  She brings a wealth of experience in community development and engagement and will continue to bring those skills and the understanding of healthcare governance and public sector service to this second term.  Meghan is committed to serving this community and this organisation to deliver high quality care and high quality experiences to patients and staff.


This reappointment will be for 4 years and will run from 1 March 2024 to 29 February 2028.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £30,196 based on a time commitment of 156 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Meghan McEwen does not hold any other public 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.   

Meghan McEwen has had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Orkney is the smallest territorial health Board in Scotland and is responsible for the health care of the population of Orkney, which is made up of approximately 21,500 people. They employ around 620 staff and provide a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services.

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