Photo of PHS Boardroom Apprentice, Siddhartha Saxena

Public Health Scotland (PHS) is delighted to become a Host Board for the UK Board Apprentice Programme, offering one aspiring board member the opportunity to learn about life on our board and get involved in the discussions that lead to decisions being made.

The Boardroom Apprentice Programme is a unique 12-month board learning, development and placement programme which enables those who would like to serve on a public or third sector board to learn and gain the experience that they need to take that step.

Mr Siddhartha Saxena joins PHS as our Board Apprentice, and over the next year will gain a practical hands-on experience of the workings of the PHS Board.

Mr Saxena is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He is currently working in the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Caucus project and Centre for Employment, Work and the Professions, with his area of expertise in Quantitative research.

Anna Robertson, Governance Lead at PHS, said:

“This apprenticeship opportunity has equal opportunity at its heart. Participating in it demonstrates PHS’s commitment to working inclusively to develop a diverse pool of future Board members, as well as contributing to the lifelong learning and development of our communities.”

Mr Saxena has previously worked in technology and has received awards from the Aspen Institute and Academy of International Business. He has also contributed to many articles in periodicals on Human Resource and policy and is currently a Fetzer scholar and a member of Fetzer research committee.

He has travelled Europe and USA on fellowships, and as a keen runner, has also completed the Ladakh marathon.

Anna added:

“We warmly welcome Siddhartha to Public Health Scotland and we look forward to supporting his active engagement with our Board.”


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Last updated: 22 January 2024