Public appointment: Members reappointed to the Scottish Ambulance Service Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointment of Mrs Carol Sinclair and Mr Stuart Currie as members of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board.


Carol Sinclair is a highly experienced senior leader and manager with significant experience in leading and overseeing of the design and delivery of data and digital solutions for the NHS in Scotland. Currently, she chairs the Audit Committee for the Scottish Ambulance Service which covers all areas of audit, finance and risk. Following retirement from her role as a Chief Officer in Public Health Scotland in summer 2022, she has taken up a part-time role as Strategic Data Adviser to the Digital Health and Care Directorate in the Scottish Government and chairs the national Health and Social Care Data Board.

Stuart Currie has previously served as a local elected councillor until May 2022, during that time as a member of the Health and Social Care Partnership. From 2018 until stepping down in May 2022 he was the Health and Social Care Spokesperson for the cross party Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), with responsibility for Integration, Public and Mental Health. Over the period of his appointment to the Scottish Ambulance Board, Stuart has been particularly involved in Audit, Staff Governance and is the Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee. He is also the Vice Chair of the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation of Social Care in Scotland. This experience brings a wide range of skills and knowledge of both local government, health, social care and the wider public sector.


Mrs Sinclair’s and Mr Currie’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 Currie is a member of the Scottish Ambulance Service Board, for which he receives an annual remuneration of £8,930 for a time commitment of one day per week. He is a member of the State Hospitals Board for Scotland, receiving an annual remuneration of £8,930 for a time commitment of one day per week. In addition, he is a member of The Employment Tribunals, receiving a daily fee of £200 for a time commitment of 15 days per year.

Mrs Sinclair 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. 

Mr Currie served as an SNP local elected councillor until May 2022.

Mrs Sinclair has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Scottish Ambulance Service is a Special Health Board of NHSScotland. As the frontline of the NHS in Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service provides an emergency ambulance service to a population of over 5 million people serving all of the nation’s mainland and island communities. The Service covers the largest geographic area of any ambulance service in the UK and plays an integral part in the day to day operation of the NHS in Scotland and, increasingly, has been working with NHS Territorial Boards to help deliver new models of care and more effective care pathways.

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