Public appointment: Members reappointed to Highland NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointment of Mr Alexander Anderson and Mr Philip MacRae as  members of Highland NHS Board.


Alexander Anderson has completed his first four year term as a non-executive member of Highland NHS Board, where he has been appointed as Chair of the Finance, Resources and Performance Committee and member of the Audit Committee.  He has brought his 40 years of experience in the highly regulated nuclear industry to bear; and his project and programme management skills have assisted in overseeing new build programmes and in assisting with the Caithness redesign programme. 

Philip MacRae has 30 years’ experience working in policing throughout the Highlands and Islands. He has lived and worked across many communities within the Highlands and has a proven track record in public sector leadership and management. He is an ardent supporter of the NHS and looks forward to continuing to draw on his knowledge and experience of working in the public sector to help develop outstanding health and care services in NHS Highland.  During the past 3 years, in addition to his work on the Board, Philip has been a member of the Highland Health and Social Care Committee (HHSCC), the Staff Governance Committee, and Mid-Ross Community Partnership.  Philip currently holds the positions chair of Mid Ross Community Partnership, Vice Chair of HHSCC and Chair of NHS Highland Endowment Funds Committee.


Mr Anderson’s and Mr MacRae’s reappointments will be for four years and will run from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2027.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,930 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Anderson and Mr MacRae 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 Anderson and Mr MacRae have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Highland’s catchment area comprises the largest and most sparsely populated part of the UK.  It is responsible for meeting the health needs of around 320,000 people living in the area, and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the population.

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