Public appointment: chair reappointed to the Scottish Ambulance Service Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointment of Tom Steele as Chair of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board.


Tom Steele was appointed as Chair of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board on 1 June 2018. From 2014 until this appointment, he served as a non-executive Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee at NHS Lanarkshire and as a member of the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board. Currently, Tom also co-chairs the National Health and Social Care Innovation Steering Group and chairs the National Group for Volunteering in NHS Scotland. Previously he spent his career in management consultancy with KPMG and then in the IT industry, where for 20 years he held various senior executive positions with Fujitsu UK. Tom has wide leadership and corporate governance experience of large, complex organisations.


This reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2026.

This reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £33,052 per annum for a time commitment of three days per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Tom Steele 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. 

Tom Steele has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Scottish Ambulance Service is a Special Health Board of NHSScotland. As the frontline of the NHS in Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service provides an emergency ambulance service to a population of over 5 million people serving all of the nation’s mainland and island communities. The Service covers the largest geographic area of any ambulance service in the UK and plays an integral part in the day to day operation of the NHS in Scotland and, increasingly, has been working with NHS Territorial Boards to help deliver new models of care and more effective care pathways.

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