Public appointment: members appointed to Lanarkshire NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointments of Colin Lee, Nauman Dar, Phillip Couser MBE and Siobhan White as Members of Lanarkshire NHS Board.


Colin Lee

Colin Lee has been the Chief Executive of CEMVO Scotland since 2003 which is one of the leading national race equality organisations in Scotland. He brings to NHS Lanarkshire a wealth of experience and expertise in integrating race equality within organisational development processes.

He has worked within the Third Sector for over 25 years in areas which have included mental health, welfare and debt advice, housing and employment. This has provided him with wide knowledge and experience in various fields and in managing organisations and projects. 

Colin is currently the Chair of the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service Equality Advisory Group and in 2011 was appointed the sole adviser to the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee to help scrutinise the Scottish Government 2012-13 draft budget from a race / equalities perspective.

Nauman Dar

Nauman Dar is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde with over 20 years of experience in delivering large scale business transformations. 

He is a dynamic and results orientated leader with a track record of leading global teams in order to deliver business outcomes and specialising in digital transformation delivery within agile and fast paced environments. 

He is adept at developing critical solutions while standardising and improving current practises and procedures while also having a strong background in process and operations improvements and strategy and business planning. 

Nauman is very passionate about helping NHS Lanarkshire achieve their objectives and feels his experience can add value to the Board.

Phillip Couser MBE


Phillip Couser MBE has worked at senior levels in the NHS in Scotland since 2013.

He was appointed as the Director of Data Driven Innovation in Public Health Scotland (PHS) on its formation in 2020; before retiring from this post in July 2021, he led PHS’s initial data and digital contribution to the pandemic response.

Prior to PHS, Phillip was Director for Public Health and Intelligence in NHS National Services Scotland, leading both Information Services Division and Health Protection Scotland.

From both these roles he brings a strong interest in public health and a passion for data driven and digitally enabled transformation. 

Phillip’s NHS career started in 2008 in the Northeast of England leading planning for NHS North of Tyne, a health economy with many similarities to Lanarkshire. From 2011 until moving back to Scotland in 2013, he managed a clinical directorate in Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London. 

Prior to 2008, Phillip had an Army career, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Highlights included command of the Scottish Transport Regiment and the award of an MBE for leadership in national logistic planning for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Siobhan White

Siobhan White is an Assistant Head for Learning, Teaching & Quality and Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, and has teaching interests and expertise in a variety of under-graduate, post-graduate and professional programmes.  

She specialises in the subject areas of public sector accounting and internal/external auditing, and public sector financial management, having previous work experience as a government external auditor.  She is also actively involved in researching all of the above topics and has presented and published a range of papers in these areas, both in the UK and overseas.

Siobhan is also a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, a previous Non-Executive Director of West of Scotland Housing Association/Chair of their Audit Committee, the previous Chair of the Audit & Governance Panel at South Ayrshire Council, a past national examiner for CIPFA/ACCA, and current Non-Executive Board Member for the Scottish Housing Regulator and Chair of their Audit & Risk Assurance Committee. 

Siobhan brings her knowledge and experience of governance, risk, public finance and audit to the Board.


The appointments will be for four years and will run from 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2026.

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

Siobhan White is a Member of the Scottish Housing Regulator for which she receives remuneration of £179.78 per day, for a time commitment of one day per week.

Colin Lee, Nauman Dar and Phillip Couser MBE 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.   

Colin Lee, Nauman Dar, Phillip Couser MBE and Siobhan White have 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 with an annual budget of £1.25 billion. NHS Lanarkshire works closely in partnership with two 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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