Public appointment: Members appointed to Fife NHS Board

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointment of Mr Colin Grieve and Dr John Kemp as Members of Fife NHS Board.


Colin Grieve holds an Executive MBA and has a range of planning, budget and people management experience, with 30 years’ experience in the Public Sector.  He served for 25 years in Fife Fire and Rescue Service where he was the Head of Community Safety until its merger with the other 7 Fire and Rescue Services to become the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in 2013.  Prior to retirement he was the Area Commander (Local Senior Officer) in Tayside, responsible for delivery of services and engagement with organisations and local/national elected members within the 3 Local Authority Areas.  Colin was also the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) lead on Adult support and protection, serving on the Scottish National policy group, ensuring the SFRS policy was approved at that level.  He brings significant change management and service redesign experience gained through the transition into a single service and afterwards; along with strong people and budget management skills with a focus on inclusion and participation.  In addition, he has experience of community planning, engagement and empowerment, and working in partnership with other public and private organisations, to achieve positive outcomes for communities.  He is an advocate of the benefit of good health outcomes across non-health public services, and the wider societal benefits a focus on public health can deliver.

John Kemp has recently retired as a director of the Scottish Funding Council, the body responsible for funding universities and colleges. During his 20 years at the Council his roles included responsibility for outcome agreements with colleges and universities; leading a programme of college mergers;  interim chief executive between 2016 and 2018; and a secondment to the University of the Highlands and Islands for two years from 2019 to 2021. Before that he had been a councillor and had worked in publishing. He brings extensive experience of linking investment and outcomes in the public sector and knowledge of the education system that supports people into NHS careers.


The appointments of Mr Grieve and Dr Kemp are for four years, from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2026.

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,930 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Grieve and Dr Kemp do 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 Grieve and Dr Kemp have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Fife is one of 14 territorial NHS Boards in Scotland. The organisation provides healthcare to a population of more than 370,000 and currently employs around 8,500 staff. As a large, rural area, with varied geography and several centres of population, there are particular challenges to meeting the health needs of the people of Fife. To address these challenges, NHS Fife is working to improve health services with the involvement and support of a variety of partners, including Fife Council, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, other health boards in Scotland, the voluntary and independent sector, and most importantly, the public.

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