Public appointment: member appointed to Highland NHS board

Public appointment news release.

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointment of Joanne McCoy as a Member of Highland NHS Board.


Joanne McCoy has held several positions within the Third and Business sectors. Her experience of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis led her to work in the field of independent living and wellbeing for the last 20 years.

Joanne has broad experiences along with in depth knowledge of delivering services to people living with long-term health conditions across Highland, through her career with both National and Regional Third Sector Organisations throughout the Highlands and Islands.

As a person living with and managing a long-term condition, Joanne is committed to ensuring service user focus, lived experiences and partnership working are key to developing services and building sustainable change.


This appointment will be for four years and will run from 29 November 2021 to 28 November 2025.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £8,842 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Joanne McCoy 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.

Joanne McCoy has had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Highland’s catchment area comprises the largest and most sparsely populated part of the UK. It is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 320,000 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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