Public appointment: Member appointed to Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the appointment of Mr Liam Gallacher as a Member of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board.


Liam Gallacher is a qualified Chartered Accountant who, after working in Corporate Audit, moved into industry within the Global IT sector, where he remained for over 32 years before retiring in 2020. As well as his time as a finance professional, he also has extensive experience in people management, having managed international operational teams in Parts Supply Chain, Intellectual Property Management and Business Planning; including working on many complex mergers and company re-organisations. As well as his accountancy qualifications he is also a qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and hopes to bring his experience in this area to his new role. Liam is keen to be involved with his local area and is the Vice Chair of a Housing Association based in East Ayrshire; and is Chairman and Treasurer of a large youth football club in South Ayrshire.


The appointment is for four years, from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2027.

The appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £9,030 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Gallacher 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.   

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


NHS Ayrshire and 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.

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