Public appointment: Members reappointed to Western Isles NHS Board

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointment of Ms Jocelyn McConnachie and Mr Tim Ingram as members of Western Isles NHS Board.


Jocelyn McConnachie has held a number of Executive Board positions with organisations including CalMac Ferries, and has led customer-centric strategic transformations at National Grid and E.ON. She currently serves as a non-executive Director of Abri Housing Association, and coaches a number of executive and non-executives across various sectors. She has previously served on Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s Outpatient Steering Group. She brings her experience in Customer Service strategy, Stakeholder Engagement and Board level management, and is delighted to be again serving the communities of the Western Isles.

Tim Ingram moved from Newcastle to Aberdeen after initially graduating in 1980 and spent many years in industry. He started his Health & Safety career in 1992, joining the Health and Safety Executive as a Specialist Inspector, where he became the Principal Inspector responsible for regulation of gas and pipeline facilities, onshore and offshore, across Scotland. He returned to industry in 2005, going on to hold a number of corporate and Director level Health & Safety and Assurance roles in multinational organisations. Tim was appointed to NHS Western Isles in April 2021 and is currently Vice Chair of the Board. He also sits as a Non-Executive Director on the David MacBrayne and CalMac Boards, bringing his wealth of safety, culture development and risk management skills to bear. Tim currently runs a specialist Health & Safety consultancy, focusing on strategic, Board advisory, due diligence and leadership matters; and is a guest lecturer at Imperial College, London. Tim has also been appointed as the official independent Safety Officer for the Tyne Tunnels (TT2) company, reporting to their Board. Tim brings a wealth of public engagement, risk management and governance experience.


Ms McConnachie’s reappointment will be for one year and will run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Mr Ingram’s reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2027.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,176 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Ingram is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of David MacBrayne Ltd and CalMac Ltd, for which he receives a daily fee of £320 for a time commitment of three days per month.

Ms McConnachie does not hold any other ministerial 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.   

Ms McConnachie and Mr Ingram have had no political activity within the last five years.


NHS Western Isles is responsible for the protection and the improvement of its population’s health and for the delivery of frontline healthcare services to around 27,000 people living in the area, stretching from the Butt in the North part of the Isle of Lewis to Barra in the Southern part of the chain of islands. The Board’s role is to deliver high quality, person centred care and to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of the Western Isles.  In doing so, NHS Western Isles provides a comprehensive range of range of acute, mental health, primary and community services. 

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