We are an ambitious organisation with an aim to make Scotland a place where everyone thrives and where everyone’s human right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is protected, promoted and fulfilled.

Launched in April 2020, we are in a unique position and have a unique opportunity. We are jointly sponsored by Scottish Government and Local Government representing the commitment from across these spheres to realise better outcomes for individuals and communities.  We are combining our own knowledge, skills and experience in health protection, data and intelligence, and long-term population health, with the knowledge and skills across the public and third sector. We know that by working together with partners across Scotland we can, and will, make a difference.

Scottish Ministers are now looking to appoint a new Chair to Public Health Scotland. Applications are now open and they would like to hear from anyone who has senior leadership experience and a passion for public health.

Professor Jim McGoldrick, Interim Chair at Public Health Scotland:

“It has been a privilege to oversee the establishment of Public Health Scotland and the organisation’s first year of work, first in my role as Shadow Chair and then as Interim Chair.

“In these first twelve months Public Health Scotland has made a significant contribution to Scotland’s response to the pandemic, whilst also developing as a new organisation.  We launched our first Strategic Plan in September, which sets out our vision of a Scotland where everybody thrives and our how we will work collaboratively with our partners to achieve our ambition.  The year ahead will see the organisation transform to deliver our Strategic Plan and continue in our mission to address the country’s health and wellbeing challenges, improve healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities. 

“This is a challenging but immensely rewarding position. I would encourage anyone who is committed to making a difference to population health and who shares our values of collaboration, innovation, integrity, respect and inclusion to apply to the role of Chair.”

Full information on the role and how to apply is available from the Scottish Government Public Appointments website (external website).

Completed applications must be received on or before Wednesday 7 April 2021.

Last updated: 11 March 2021