A RETIRED local government boss has been appointed the new chairman of the board of NHS Borders.
John Raine, who now lives in Melrose having, until 2009, presided at NHS Derbyshire County, will replace Mary Wilson, the incumbent for the past 12 years, on April 1.
Mr Raine, appointed chairman of the multi-agency Borders Child Protection Committee last year, will receive annual remuneration of £29,640 for a time commitment of three days a week in his new role.
Mrs Wilson said this week that Mr Raine would bring “a wealth of experience” to the board.
“Staff and the people of the Borders can be assured that NHS Borders will continue to successfully deliver high-quality health care to meet the needs of its communities,” she told us.
“I would also like to thank eveyone for their continued efforts, and the energy and expertise they bring to their work each and every day to help us achive signficant success.
“Their efforts are the foundation of the fine repuation that NHS Borders has established and wishes to continue to build.”
A statement from NHS Borders confirmed that Mr Raine’s appointment, which will run for four years, was made in accordance with the code of practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.
Having started his career in newspaper journalism, he moved from public relations into local government and served for nine years as chief executive of Derbyshire County Council.
From 2006-09, he was chair of NHS Derbyshire County, having previously being a non-executive director for eight years. He chaired the Derbyshire Association for Deaf People and headed a charity providing residential outdoor activities for young people in the Peak District.
He is also a past chair of Derbyshire Probation Board and for three years was chairman of the Probation Boards Association for England and Wales.
Mr Wilson said: “On behalf of the board, I welcome John Raine to NHS Borders”.