Back to News list

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport today announced the appointments of Margaret Wells and Eugene Clarke as Members of the Fife NHS Board.


Margaret Wells has lived in Fife for 25 years. She is a graduate of Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, with aprofessional background in social work. She has worked as a social work practitioner and manager in Tayside, including time as a Mental Health Officer, after which she moved to join the directorate team in Grampian Region developing partnership and innovation across social care and health. Margaret was Director of Housing and Social Work in Aberdeenshire; past president of the Association of Directors of Social Work, and COSLA advisor; she became Director of Partnership Development and Child Health Commissioner with Lothian NHS Board before starting her own business in 2004. Since then she has undertaken a range of work and consultancy. She was previously a non-executive board member of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration and governor of the Robert Gordon University, and most recently she was independent chair of Angus Adult Protection Committee and of Angus Adoption and Fostering Panels.

Eugene Clarke has spent the last 14 years working as a self-employed consultant helping businesses and public sector organisations in the fields of internal communication and employee engagement. Eugene’s community interests have included being a former member of Largo Community Council and being involved in several action groups relating to sports in the Levenmouth area, most recently having helped establish the Fifers for the Community charity. Eugene is an active member of the Fife Children’s panel and regularly takes part in local hearings. He is also currently Chair of the Levenmouth Rail Campaign which seeks to regenerate the local community through the restoration of the direct rail link to Edinburgh.


The appointments will be for four years and will run from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2021.

The appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


The appointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,169 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.


Mrs Wells and Mr Clarke do not hold any other ministerial public appointments.


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.   

Mrs Wells and Mr Clarke have not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.


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.