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Chair Appointed to Orkney NHS Board

Published: 29 Sep 2015 10:30

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, today announced the appointment of the new Chair of Orkney NHS Board.

Mr Ian Kinniburgh will take up the post on 1 December 2015, when the current Chair is due to stand down.

Mr Kinniburgh worked initially as a senior manager in Local Government and then owned and operated a successful environmental business for 10 years until 2010.

From 2003, he served for 6 years as a non-executive director on the Board of NHS Shetland. This included 4 years as Vice-Chair, when he gained experience across all areas of governance before being appointed Chair in 2009; and reappointed in 2013 for a further 4 years.

Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed the appointment and said she looked forward to working with Mr Kinniburgh in his new role.

Ms Robison said: "I'm pleased to be able to appoint Mr Ian Kinniburgh as Chair of NHS Orkney and I am confident that he will bring a wealth of experience to this important role.

"With an extensive public sector background, as well as his experience as Chair of NHS Shetland, I know he will be well placed to take the Health Board forward. I would reassure residents in both Shetland and Orkney that Mr Kinniburgh will be able to perform the role of Chair of both boards effectively and provide the time, experience and skills to lead both organisations successfully into the future. It was on this clear commitment that this appointment has been made.

"In addition, Mr Kinniburgh, brings a deep understanding and appreciation of the benefits and challenges of living in the Northern Isles.

"I look forward to working with Mr Kinniburgh in this new position and in the months ahead".

Mr Kinniburgh said " I am very pleased to have been appointed to this new role. I remain passionately committed to the NHS and I believe working across both Shetland and Orkney will allow me to support the organisations to address the challenges they are facing and to promote the sharing of experience and good practice. This will make no difference to the independence of either Health Board and I will work closely with the members of both boards to ensure the best possible service continues to be delivered to both communities".

Notes to editors

Mr Kinniburgh's appointment will be for 4 years and commence on the 1st of December 2015 and end on the 30th of November 2019.

This appointment is part-time and attracts an annual remuneration of £23,109 for a time commitment of 2.5 days per week. This time will be a mix of daytime board meetings; daytime visits and other meetings; reading documents at home and attending stakeholder events, some of which may be in the evenings or at weekends.

Mr Kinniburgh is Chair of Shetland NHS Board, for which he currently receives an annual remuneration of £27,731 for a time commitment of 3 days per week. From 1st December 2015, the time commitment for this role will reduce to 2.5 days per week, for which he will receive a pro-rata annual remuneration of £23,109. Mr Kinniburgh is also a member of Zettrans, Shetland's Transport Partnership, with a commitment of 0.5 days per month, for which he receives no remuneration.

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

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 Kinniburgh has had no political activity in the last 5 years.

The Chair of the NHS Board plays a central role in guiding the strategies which address the health priorities and health care needs of the people in the Orkney area.

NHS Orkney's role is to meet the health needs of around 22,000 people living in the Orkney Islands, delivering high quality, person centred care and improving the health and wellbeing of the resident population. In doing so, NHS Orkney provides a comprehensive range of primary and community-based healthcare as well as some acute hospital services for Orkney residents. Other acute services are provided mainly in Aberdeen by NHS Grampian and in Inverness by NHS Highland.