Public appointment: Members appointed to the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the appointments of Mrs Judith Kilbee and Ms Michelle Rogers as Members of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Board.


Mrs Judith Kilbee has a nursing background and qualified in Scotland and in the USA.  Throughout the past 36 years she has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry and the independent care home sector.  As Business Development Manager for specialist care homes in brain injury rehabilitation, Huntington’s disease (HD) and Addictions services, she successfully forged links between agencies; notably working within the Scottish Huntington’s Association and a specialist care home to achieve the first accredited HD residential services in Scotland.  Throughout her long career in the pharmaceutical industry, Judith has worked across many specialist areas and in close partnership with the NHS at every level.  A solution focused approach and ability to see the big picture have enabled her to map services and improve access to innovative medicines and technologies for people in Scotland.

Ms Michelle Rogers has over 15 years’ experience in strategic planning of health and social care services for children, young people and families within the NHS, local authority and third sector.  She recently worked on secondment in the Drugs Policy Division at the Scottish Government, contributing to the development of COVID-19 policy and support.  Her current role is as a Community Justice Coordinator supporting needs assessment and strategic planning for the Community Justice Partnership.  Michelle has a wealth of experience in building and developing successful partnerships across sectors, along with meaningful engagement of lived experience in the development of policy and services.  She is passionate about the importance of early intervention and the difference that this can make to health outcomes; and she has a good understanding of the wider determinants of health and the impact of health inequalities.  Michelle worked for 10 years in Children and Families at City of Edinburgh Council and also spent time on secondment with NHS Lothian as Strategic Programme Manager for Child and Maternal Health.  She has a good knowledge and understanding of children and families health and social care issues and the importance of developing whole systems approaches.


Ms Rogers’ appointment is for four years, from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2026.

Mrs Kilbee’s appointment is for four years from 19 September 2022 to 18 September 2026.

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The appointments are part-time and attract a daily remuneration of £171.74 for a time commitment of four days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Mrs Kilbee and Ms Rogers 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.   

Mrs Kilbee and Ms Rogers have had no political activity within the last five years.


Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s aim is to ensure that the people of Scotland experience the best quality health and care services.  They work with people at every level of the health and social care system and make sure improvements in care are informed by the experiences of people who deliver and people who use services.

As a national improvement organisation, they are able to see all of the integration jigsaw and how the parts fit together. This perspective allows them to shape, tailor and provide support that responds to both individual provider’s and system needs, providing a great opportunity to support improvements in the care that people receive.

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