Public appointment: members appointed to Fife NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointments of Alastair Grant, Arlene Wood and Mansoor Mahmood as Members of Fife NHS Board.


Alastair Grant is a qualified Accountant with extensive experience in both commercial and education sectors from an initial 20-years in manufacturing accounting with Olivetti, Apricot Computers, United Biscuits and Motorola then 12 years with Heriot-Watt University. He followed that with 4 years contracting in Scotland and the Middle East before settling back into local roles with the Edinburgh University Students Association then Sodexo Justice Services. Alastair has proven commercial acumen, combined with good people management, team building, development, and mentoring skills, confident in dealings with a broad range of staff, colleagues, and business associates, up to and including board level. 

Arlene Wood initially commenced her career in the NHS as a Registered Nurse and went on to graduate with BN degree and MSc Nursing. She retired from NHS Tayside in May 2021 following a career in healthcare spanning over 40 years, Arlene has held a number of professional and managerial roles. Arlene’s portfolio of experience includes a range of services within acute care Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, Theatres, Orthopaedics, Managed Clinical Networks and prior to her retirement within Mental Health Services. These roles have provided her with the opportunity to contribute to a range of strategy development and to work with range of people in the continuous development and improvements in service delivery. 

Mansoor Mahmood is the head Minister at Kirkcaldy Central Mosque. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology, with diplomas in Education, Community Leadership and Healthcare Chaplaincy. He primarily caters for the religious and emotional needs of his congregation. He also works with various community groups in Fife such as conducting school visits to raise awareness on inclusion and diversity, and hosting people of different faiths and cultures at Kirkcaldy Central Mosque for discussions on faith and Diversity. 


The appointments will be for four years and run from 13th September 2021 to 12th September 2025

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,842 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments 

Alastair Grant, Arlene Wood and Mansoor Mahmood 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.   

Alastair Grant, Arlene Wood and Mansoor Mahmood have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Fife is responsible for meeting the health needs of over 373,000 people living in Fife, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services tailored for the whole population.

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