Public appointment: Member appointment to Shetland NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the appointment of Mrs Gaynor Jones as a Member of Shetland NHS Board.


Gaynor Jones is Director (Business & Sustainable Development) in Aquatera Ltd. where she is responsible for workforce and organisational development and governance. Aquatera is an award-winning environmental consultancy, specialising in marine renewable energy and sustainability. Gaynor leads projects in remote communities and island groups focused on international development, gender equality and social inclusion and engaging with communities, to find appropriate blue energy solutions. Prior to this, she brings 17 years’ experience of work in the third sector (including 2 CEO posts), largely working with communities, public and private partners, local and national government. She holds non-executive director posts of local and national bodies. In her spare time, Gaynor is an RNLI Kirkwall Lifeboat crew member.


This appointment will be for four years, from 6 November 2023 to 5 November 2027.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointment is part-time and attracts an annual remuneration of £8,276 for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mrs Jones is a Trustee with the Welsh Refugee Council, which is an unremunerated position with a time commitment of one half-day per month.

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.   

Mrs Jones has had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Shetland is responsible for the delivery of high quality person centred care and improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Shetland. In doing so, NHS Shetland requires to understand the health needs of the 22,500 people living in Shetland, and provide a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services tailored for the whole population.

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