Public appointment: Members appointed to Lothian NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointments of Mr Andrew Cogan and Prof John Innes as Members of Lothian NHS Board.


Andrew Cogan worked for over 25 years in the NHS, holding Senior Manager and Director positions at a number of NHS Trusts in the Northwest of England, his focus being on operational management with particular interests and experience in service transformation, improvement and the role of technology in healthcare. Andrew was involved in and held leadership roles for several major system level reforms across Greater Manchester working in partnership with colleagues from across primary, secondary, tertiary and community care. After leaving the NHS, Andrew spent a number of years working within the Health Technology industry holding senior leadership roles with both IBM and Siemens Healthcare.

John Innes is a Chartered Engineer, Physicist and Professor of Cyber & Data Security with over thirty five years of experience in the design, development and implementation of new technologies and systems for major companies in the aerospace and defence sectors. John has held Senior Management and Chief Engineer/Chief Technology Officer roles managing, directing and leading technical development and change programmes, including digital transformation of products, organisations and businesses. He has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of safety critical systems, delivering highly reliable solutions into demanding operational settings. He has led organisational Innovation and Improvement initiatives, including establishing and leading Innovation and Rapid Capability Development Centres. John is interested in the pull through of new and novel ideas from academia to business use and teaches and mentors in Innovation and its application.


The appointments are for four years, from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2027.

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £9,030 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Cogan and Prof Innes 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 Cogan and Prof Innes have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Lothian is responsible for protecting and improving the health of the 850,000

population across Lothian and works closely with local authorities and third sector  partners in providing an integrated system of community-based health and social care across East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian. They also provide some services for patients in the Borders and in Fife and are a national centre of expertise for some specialties provided to people across Scotland. 

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