Public appointment: Member reappointed to Lanarkshire NHS Board

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The Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP today announced the reappointment of Mr Alastair Boyle MBE as a member of Lanarkshire NHS Board.


Alastair Boyle MBE retired from the Fire and Rescue Service in 2014. Prior to the reform of Scottish Fire and Rescue Services he was the Head of Community Safety for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and a member of the Corporate Management Team. Ally has a particular expertise in Prevention, Involvement and Partnership working and is passionate about early intervention and reducing inequalities. He has a strong conviction on the considerable benefits of whole system working and that the best solutions are developed with those delivering and receiving services. He will continue to bring those skills and his insight as a patient to the Board of NHS Lanarkshire. Ally was diagnosed with a blood cancer in 2008 and has lived with the condition since then. He has tried to use this experience to help others through bringing the patient voice to several research charities and other organisations. He is the founder of a life-saving partnership between the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the stem cell charity Anthony Nolan, a Trustee of Blood Cancer UK; and the first patient to Chair their Research Governance Committee. He is also a volunteer for Cancer Research UK where he co-chairs a Patient and Public Involvement panel and represents the patient voice on two of their funding committees. In 2018 Ally was awarded an MBE for services to Charity.


Mr Boyle’s reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2028.

The reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £9,030 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Boyle is a member of the NHS Education for Scotland Board and receives an annual remuneration of £9,030 for a time commitment of one day per week.

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 Boyle has had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Lanarkshire is one of the largest and most complex health economies in Scotland, providing health services across Lanarkshire to a population of around 655,000. NHS Lanarkshire works closely in partnership with 2 local Councils and Integration Boards to deliver improved health and social care for Lanarkshire’s local communities. NHS Lanarkshire is a values-driven organisation, with clinical quality, person centred, safe and effective care firmly at the centre of their strategic plans.

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