Public appointment: Member appointed to Orkney NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointment of Ms Rona Gold as a Member of Orkney NHS Board.


Rona Gold brings experience and expertise in developing organisations ability to have conversations, communication and engagement with communities and stakeholders. Rona has extensive experience working in local government and led the first council, area-wide, digital engagement for communities to directly participate in decisions for funding local community projects. She is passionate about ensuring equality and equity of opportunity to engage.


Ms Gold’s appointment is for four years, from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2026.

The appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £8,176 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Ms Gold 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.   

Ms Gold 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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