Public appointment: member appointed to Shetland NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointment of Kathy Hubbard as a member of Shetland NHS Board.


Kathy Hubbard retired from her post as Head of Development for Shetland Arts in March 2014 after fifteen years working in the arts. Prior to that, she was Criminal Justice Services Manager for Shetland Islands Council Social Work Department, having previously worked in the Probation Service in the South West of England. She believes in the value of the arts across all areas of life, including their potential to contribute to health and wellbeing. She has experience of project management at various levels and has been active on various boards and trusts throughout her career.

Kathy is passionate about the NHS and is keen to support it to be the best it can be in the service of the community.


This appointment will be for four years and will run from 17 January 2022 to 16 January 2026.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £8,095 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Kathy Hubbard 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.   

Kathy Hubbard gave an online personal endorsement to Tom Wills, SNP candidate for the Scottish Parliamentary election in 2021.


NHS Shetland looks after the health and wellbeing of around 23,0000 people living in Shetland, with the aim of ensuring that individuals are given the best treatment possible. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services tailored for the whole population. The integration of health and social care seeks to provide seamless services, wrapped around the needs of individuals, their families and communities, which are not restricted by organisational or professional boundaries.

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