Public appointment: members reappointed to Tayside NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointment of Mr Bob Benson and Ms Patricia Kilpatrick as Members of Tayside NHS Board.


Mr Bob Benson brings skills and knowledge which cover a broad range of activities and experiences within government appointments, public, statutory, local authority, voluntary and charitable sectors. In his role as a non-executive member with NHS Tayside he holds the position of Chair of the Public Health Committee, member of the Improving Population Health Forum and has been a NHS non-executive voting member of the Perth & Kinross, Integrated Joint Board, since April 2019, now carrying the Chair responsibility for governance of the overall services provided by the Health and Social Care Partnership. He is also a trustee of the NHS Tayside Health Fund, a charitable endowment trust providing grant funding for staff development, health and wellbeing, health based community groups and medical research.

Ms Patricia Kilpatrick graduated from the University of Dundee with an MA (Hons) in Political Science & Modern History and joined the NHS Scotland Graduate Management Training Scheme. ln a career in healthcare spanning thirty years, Pat has held a range of posts including, Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the MBA in Healthcare Management at the University of Stirling, the National Lead at Scottish Government to support the development of Primary Care Trusts, a number of NHS posts including Assistant Director of Planning at NHS Greater Glasgow & CIyde, Director of Planning for the Acute Trust in NHS Argyll & CIyde and Director of Planning at North Glasgow University Hospitals Trust. Following her NHS career Pat was a Director of a specialist healthcare consultancy and worked extensively with Monitor and the Department of Health in NHS England, NHS Trusts and Health Authorities across the UK and Northern lreland. Much of her consultancy experience has been in planning, service improvement, re-configuration and financial turnaround. Pat joined the Board of NHS Tayside in 2018, where she has chaired the Public Health Committee and the Performance and Resources Committee, been Vice Chair of the Care Governance Committee, and recently become Vice Chair of the Dundee lntegration Joint Board.


The reappointments for Mr Benson and Ms Kilpatrick will be for four years and will run 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

Mr Benson and Ms Kilpatrick 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 Benson and Ms Kilpatrick have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Tayside is responsible for meeting the health needs and improving the health and wellbeing of over 400,000 people living in Tayside, and provides a comprehensive

range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross.

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