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 Donald Reid, James Muir and Neil Findlay as Members of Lanarkshire NHS Board.


Donald Reid DipBS FRICS MBA graduated from the Glasgow College of Building and Printing with a Diploma in Building Surveying and qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 1988; subsequently being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1995.  With over 35 years post qualified experience he has wide ranging capital project experience and has provided project management, development monitoring and building surveying services to Banks and Institutional Property Funds; commercial property investors; landlords and tenants; owner-occupiers; health trusts and local authorities.  He has served on Capital Programme Boards and has practical experience of establishing joint venture companies for bespoke property developments. 

Prior to joining with a former colleague to establish their own Project Management and Building Consultancy company in 2000, Donald spent over 10 years in charge of the building consultancy operations of local independent and international property consultancy firms. He has particular expertise in the healthcare sector and in strategic business planning and reorganisation management for large technology organisations.  In 2011 he took on the lead project management role in the delivery of the Operational Headquarters, Volunteer Centre and Games Control Operations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; and, post games, remained with the public sector ALEO organisation as Head of Operations and Business Services for a portfolio of over 2,500 commercial property assets.

James Muir is a Chartered Accountant and experienced business leader with over 25 years’ experience in financial, operational, and strategic roles across a range of sectors including utilities, financial and outsourcing services.

James is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at V. Group, an industry leading provider of vessel management and marine services.  He previously held senior roles within the V. Group as Commercial Director, Business Development Director and Operations Director as well as accounting and finance roles in private and public sector organisations.

Neil Findlay spent 18 years as a councillor and MSP, standing down from Parliament at the 2021 election. Neil has a life-long commitment to addressing the social and economic inequalities that scar many communities.

Neil is the Director of Unity Consulting Scotland, a not for profit social enterprise that works with trade unions, the third sector and community organisations. He has been heavily involved in campaigns on issues such as transvaginal mesh, drugs policy reform, social care and mental health support.


The appointments will be for four years and will run from 1st October 2021 to 30th 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  

Donald Reid, James Muir and Neil Findlay 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.   

Neil Findlay is a Labour Party Member.  He was a Labour Councillor from 2003 to 2012 and a Labour MSP from 2011 to 2021.

Donald Reid and James Muir 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 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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