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Alistair Morris, currently Vice Chair of NHS Fife, has been formally invited to take over the Chair’s responsibilities in providing the necessary leadership for the NHS Fife Board by The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf MSP.

This arrangement will take effect from 1 April 2023, until such time as a permanent Chair is appointed, and follows the announcement last year that Tricia Marwick will be stepping down as Chair of the NHS Fife Board, after six years in the role.

Speaking about this announcement, Alistair said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking on this leadership position with Fife Health Board. I have served as a member of the Board for over 3  years and latterly as Vice-Chair.

“I approach this role confident in the knowledge that NHS Fife is consistently one of Scotland’s top performing Boards. This hard-earned reputation is due in most part to our dedicated workforce, who work tirelessly, despite the significant health care challenges that we continue to face.

“As a Board I am keen to ensure that we continue to support our staff and work closely and effectively with our local and national partners, to build on these excellent relationships, to ensure that we are best equipped to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve across the Kingdom of Fife.”

Alistair is a Scottish solicitor with over 35 years’ experience in private practice. Apart from four years attending Aberdeen University, he has lived in West and North East Fife all his life.

Throughout his professional career, Alistair had the opportunity to work on a range of commercial boards and charities contributing to the development of strategies, communication with stakeholders, improving board governance, and the proportionate implementation of regulation.

NHS Fife Chief Executive Carol Potter said: “I’m delighted that Alistair has agreed to take over the Chair’s responsibilities in providing the necessary leadership for the NHS Fife Board.

“Alistair has big shoes to fill, with our current Chair Tricia Marwick, stepping down following 6 years as Chair. From the outset of her appointment, Tricia has been instrumental in the development and advancement of our governance processes, bringing rigour and discipline to this hugely important aspect of our responsibility as a Board.

“With his recent experience as Vice-Chair combined with his professional acumen, I have every confidence that Alistair is well placed to continue to advance the work of the NHS Fife Board combined with his excellent insight into the opportunities and challenges we face."