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John Connaghan CBE

NHSScotland Chief Operating Officer

John Connaghan  CBE

John Connaghan is the Director of Health Performance and Delivery and NHSScotland Chief Operating Officer.


The Director of Health Performance and Delivery is responsible for Supporting NHSScotland in delivering safe, effective and person-centred care.


John Connaghan has been a Director and Senior Civil Servant since 2006 when he joined the Scottish Government as Director of Delivery charged with reducing waiting times and improving the general performance of the NHS. He has held the position of Acting Director General and Chief Executive of the NHS and is currently the NHSScotland Chief Operating Officer.

John has 10 years experience in industry prior to joining the NHS in 1987. He was previously General Manager of the Manufacturing Division of a major publisher with responsibilities for factories in Scotland and the USA. He has held three Chief Executive positions in Glasgow, Lothian and Fife.

John was a founding Director of the Maggies Centres Charity and Chaired the Finance Committee for a period of 10 years. He plays hockey for Scotland Veterans and holds over 50 senior caps at Masters International level.

John holds degrees from Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities in Business, Finance and Strategy. He was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours.