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New Board Members Appointed for NHSGGC

July 16, 2010 2:10 PM

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The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing this week announced the appointment of two new members to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Rev Dr Norman Shanks has a wide range of experience in the public and voluntary sector having worked as a civil servant in the Scottish Office, serving as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland from 1975-77. He then trained for the Church of Scotland ministry at New College, Edinburgh University and served as Chaplain to Edinburgh University (1985-88). Rev Dr Shanks has also been a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Glasgow University (1988-95), Leader of the Iona Community (1995-2002) and minister of Govan Old Parish Church, Glasgow (2003-2007). Rev Dr Shanks received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Glasgow University in 2005 for services to church and community. He brings to the Board a long-standing interest and involvement in social and community issues and wide experience of decision-making and consultation processes gained throughout voluntary appointments he has held, including - Convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Nation Committee; Chairman of Edinburgh Council of Social Service; Member of Scottish Constitutional Convention, BBC Broadcasting Council for Scotland, UK Board of Christian Aid, and World Council of Churches Central Committee.

Mr Ian Fraser was, until he retired in 2009, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care for Inverclyde Council. Mr Fraser spent almost 40 years working in education and social services. Initially a primary teacher, he was for eight years the successful Head Teacher of Ferguslie Primary School in Paisley. His career in education continued in the inspection of schools and services where he developed skills in performance management and audit. For eleven years in his role as Head of Service in East Renfrewshire Council he expanded early and special education and developed inclusive practices. Mr Fraser worked with community, voluntary, parental and public sector organisations to help them deliver new legislation and expanded public expectations. In his Corporate Director role he was responsible for children's services and for community care. Mr Fraser therefore not only brings to the board his knowledge of a range of health-related issues, especially those affecting areas of deprivation but also his skills and experience in leadership and in public engagement and consultation. Mr Fraser currently works with Scottish universities.

The appointments will be for 4 years and will run from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2014.

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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