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The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport today has announced the appointment of the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick as the new Chair of Fife NHS Board.

Shona Robison MSP welcomed the appointment and said she looked forward to working with Ms Marwick in her new role.

Ms Robison said: “I’m pleased to be able to appoint Tricia Marwick as Chair of NHS Fife and I know that she will bring a wealth of experience to this important role.

“With extensive experience as an MSP and in community engagement, her passion and commitment to Fife; as well as her track record of providing strong leadership in complex strategic environments and engaging and influencing at the very highest levels, I know she will be well placed to take Fife NHS Board forward. I look forward to working with Tricia in this new position and in the months ahead.

“Whilst welcoming Tricia I would like also to recognise the significant role played by the outgoing Chair, Allan Burns.  His commitment and leadership in driving improvement and raising performance within the NHS in Fife contributed to the success of some key programmes of work and the delivery of improvement and efficiency projects throughout the organisation.”

Ms Marwick said:  “I am delighted and privileged to have been appointed to be the Chair of NHS Fife. My sincere thanks to Allan Burns the current Chair for all his work over the last few years.

“I have spent all of my life in Fife and I have been honoured to champion Fife in the Scottish Parliament since 1999. There will be challenges but I will work tirelessly with the staff of NHS Fife, the Board members, political representatives and local communities to ensure our health service is the best it can be to meet the demands of the people of Fife."



Rt Hon Tricia Marwick – Tricia Marwick was born and brought up in Fife where she has her home. She was elected as an SNP MSP to the Scottish Parliament in 1999. She was elected Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament in May 2011, resigning her party membership, and stood down in May 2016. In this role she chaired meetings of the Parliament, The Scottish Parliament Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau; in addition to representing the Parliament at home and abroad. Tricia is a member of HM The Queen's Privy Council and recently received a lifetime achievement award from Kingdom FM.

This appointment will be for four years and will run from the 1st January 2017 to

31st December 2020.

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


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £30,235 per annumfor a time commitment of three days per week.


Ms Marwick does not hold any other Ministerial Public Appointment.


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 Marwick has not been a member of any political party since May 2011.  In May 2016 she supported and endorsed a candidate to succeed her as the constituency MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes. During the European Referendum she supported and campaigned for a Remain vote.


NHS Fife’s role is to deliver high quality, person centred care and to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Fife.   In doing so, NHS Fife provides a vast range of health services to more than a quarter of a million people and is committed to building on and improving these services with the involvement and support of the public and their partners.  Whilst their hospitals continue to play a key role in the delivery of healthcare, the integration of adult health and social care services will strengthen the focus on community care.