Public appointment: members reappointed to NHS Golden Jubilee Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointments of Linda Semple, Stephen McAllister and Callum Blackburn as members of the NHS Golden Jubilee Board.


Linda Semple retired from over 20 years working in NHS Scotland, starting as a committee clerk then training in public health, health intelligence and health economics. Her last role was being seconded to the Scottish Government where she was Head of Sustainability & Efficiency for the NHS. Previously, she had a long career in publishing, journalism, and the book trade and extensive voluntary experience in LGB organisations. Linda studied Classics at the University of London and has a MBA, a MA in Literature and a Postgraduate qualification in Health Economics

Stephen McAllister was previously a senior police officer. In addition to three years’ experience as a board member with NHS Golden Jubilee, NHS Forth Valley and the Risk Management Authority, he brings a wealth of experience in leadership, crisis management and corporate governance. He puts this experience to good use in ensuring that the Scottish public sector provide outstanding service in an efficient manner within budget. 

Callum Blackburn is an independent consultant specialising in the circular economy, climate change and waste management. He has held many positions in public bodies over the last 20 years. Most recently from 2013 to 2020 he was Head of Policy, Research and Evaluation at Zero Waste Scotland, responsible for overseeing a diverse range of policy development and research work on behalf of the Scottish Government. His previous roles also include managing the environmental health function at Falkirk Council and advisory work for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Callum was also an external adviser to Standard Life Investment’s Ethical Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2017, providing advice on their ethical investment policy. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.  Callum is the Board’s Whistleblowing Champion.


The reappointments will be for four years, with Linda Semple and Stephen McAllister running from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2026 and Callum Blackburn running from 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2026.

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

Linda Semple is a Member of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board for which she receives remuneration of £8,930 per annum, for a time commitment of one day per week.

Stephen McAllister is a member of Forth Valley NHS Board for which he receives remuneration of £8,930 per annum, for a time commitment of one day per week. He is also a member of the Risk Management Authority for which he receives remuneration of £220.75 per day, for a time commitment of up to 15 days per year.

Callum Blackburn does 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.

Linda Semple, Stephen McAllister and Callum Blackburn have had no political activity within the last five years.


A national institution, independently run by its own NHS Board, NHS Golden Jubilee delivers care through collaboration.

The NHS Golden Jubilee family includes:

  • Golden Jubilee National Hospital
  • NHS Scotland Academy
  • National Centre for Sustainable Delivery
  • Golden Jubilee Research Institute
  • Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel

The NHS National Waiting Times Centre continues to be the legal name for the Board.

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