Public appointment: Member appointed to Orkney NHS Board

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


Dr Des Creasey is a highly regarded, values-driven Executive, who has extensive expertise delivering global large scale system implementations and complex change programmes across the oil and gas, financial services, banking, transport and public sector. He is an innovative strategist, who engages with key stakeholders to effectively define project scope, develop comprehensive strategies and demonstrate solutions that satisfy requirements.  He has particular areas of expertise which include influencing key strategic decisions by consolidating, synthesising and interpreting complex data to deliver analytical-driven recommendations and solutions; and assimilating business processes to identify gaps and pinch points to drive continuous improvement initiatives utilising digital, social and CRM.  He is people orientated, promoting a transparent culture through effective leadership, mentoring and team building, breaking down barriers and encouraging all individuals to fulfil their potential.


Dr Creasey’s appointment is for four years, from 7 March 2022 to 6 March 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

Dr Creasey 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.   

Dr Creasey 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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