Public appointment: member appointed to Tayside NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointment of Mr Sam Riddell as a Member of Tayside NHS Board.


Sam Riddell spent 22 years in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force, following which he started a second career in General Practice Management. He held the role of Practice Manager at Westgate for 23 years, working closely with NHS Tayside, has been involved in global health and has a link with a health clinic in Malawi. During his working life he has been exposed to several challenges, where decision making and being able to see the big picture have been vital. Sam will bring to the role his experience of leadership, team working and strategic management, which he has gained across his career. He also has experience of working collaboratively in a multi- discipline team environment, helping create a culture where team members give of their best; and is looking forward to drawing on his skills and experience to support NHS Tayside in providing the highest possible standards of healthcare.


Mr Riddell’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 £17,860 per annum for a time commitment of two days per week.

Other ministerial appointments

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


NHS Tayside is responsible for meeting the health needs and improving the health and wellbeing of around 417,000 people living in Tayside, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Angus, Dundee City and Perth and Kinross. 

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