The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has today announced the appointment of two new Members to Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board.
The NHS is one of our nation’s biggest and most important public services. Each day thousands of people depend on it for treatment and care. Each day it saves hundreds of lives. More than 135,000 dedicated and skilled staff work for NHS Scotland, which is the nation’s biggest employer. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the largest healthcare system in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK.
Trisha McAuley was latterly the Senior Director for Scotland of Consumer Futures, formerly Consumer Focus Scotland. She has nearly twenty years of experience in developing consumer policy, including patients’ rights, and in advising government, regulators, service providers and businesses on how best to engage with, and take account of the needs of, service users, consumers and communities in Scotland, particularly those who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable. She has a strong record of working with stakeholders in Scotland and the UK, of playing a key role in building policy consensus, and of operating in challenging policy environments. She brings to the Board a combination of expertise in consumer affairs, stakeholder engagement, policy development, and strategic business and change management. Trisha is also a Member of the Board, and Audit Committee, of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, with particular interest in the impact of the environment on public health. Prior to her career in consumer policy, Trisha was a nursing sister in a Glasgow hospital.
Donald Lyons is an old age psychiatrist and former Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. He has extensive experience in the care and treatment of older people, mental health and incapacity law and human rights. He has published investigation reports and extensive guidance on applying best legal and ethical practice to the care and treatment of individuals with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions. Donald has served on the UK Executive of the National Preventive Mechanism to prevent ill-treatment of detainees as the Scotland representative, and he has represented the UK at Council of Europe and United Nations level on this subject. Donald also works with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and brings to the board a strong commitment to reducing inequality wherever it exists.
These appointments will be for four years and will run from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018.
The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,008 for a time commitment of eight hours per week.
Trisha McAuley is a Member of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for which she receives £270.90 per day for a time commitment of two days per month. Trisha is also a Trustee of the Peter Gibson Memorial Fund for which she receives no remuneration for a time commitment of one day per quarter.
Donald Lyons is a Member of the Scotland Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission for which he receives £3000 per annum for a time commitment of one day per month. Donald is also a Member of Cosgrove Care for which he receives no remuneration for a time commitment of one day per month.
These appointments are 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. The new Members have not had any political activity in the last five years.
A further news release will be issued towards the end of 2014 to announce the appointment of new Members expected to join the Board in December 2014 and April 2015.