Our Board is made up of:
- 10 non-executive Board members (two of whom are nominated by COSLA) this includes one whistleblowing champion
- Public Health Scotland Employee Director, who provides the link between the Board and Staff Side
- Public Health Scotland Chief Executive
Our Board is responsible for:
- setting the strategic direction for the organisation and defining annual plans
- ensuring that plans and performance take account of and are responsive to stakeholder needs
- monitoring performance against objectives to check that PHS is delivering the right outcomes
- ensuring effective financial stewardship
- ensuring high standards of governance and conduct throughout the organisation, consistent with Public Health Scotland values
Our Board members
Angiolina Foster CBE, Chair
Angiolina is a respected public service leader who has extensive experience of local and national government. She has worked in a range of key policy areas including health and social care, communities and housing. Angiolina has served as Chief Executive of NHS24 and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and is a Board Member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. In 2011 she was awarded a CBE for her contribution to Scotland’s public services
Ann McKechin, Vice Chair
Ann graduated in law from the University of Strathclyde and is a qualified solicitor. After a substantial career in private legal practice, she was elected in 2001 as a Member of Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill and from 2005 to 2015 represented the Glasgow North Seat. During her parliamentary career, she served on several select committees including Scottish Affairs, International Development, Arms Export Control and latterly on the Business, Innovations & Skills Committee. Between 2008 and 2010, she was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office and from 2010 to 2011 was Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland in the Labour Shadow Cabinet. Her recent experience includes being Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scottish Power, a role which she left in 2019; and she is currently a member of the General Optical Council Hearings Panel, the University of West Scotland Court, the advisory panel of IPPR Scotland and a Trustee of UN Women UK.
Angela Leitch, Chief Executive Officer
Angela Leitch was appointed the first Chief Executive of Public Health Scotland in September 2019. Angela is a member of the Public Health Scotland Board and brings significant experience to the role with over 25 years’ working in local government. She began her career in human resource management before heading up the corporate support services and change management programmes at West Lothian Council. Angela then joined City of Edinburgh Council as Head of Service, responsible for city-wide services and the development of an innovative neighbourhood management and governance arrangement. She went on to hold the role of Chief Executive at both Clackmannanshire Council and East Lothian Council. Angela has previously chaired the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives in Scotland (SOLACE). As the strategic lead for children and young people at SOLACE, she played an important role at a national level in a range of reforms including early learning and childcare and children’s mental health.
Angela also held a non-executive role on the Board of the Improvement Service prior to starting with PHS and was a trustee of several charity organisations.
Elizabeth has over 30 years of leadership experience in the public and third sectors, in the areas of justice, marine management, culture and health. She has extensive board-level strategic, policy and governance experience, with particular expertise in championing equality and diversity; leading change; business resilience and risk management. She is a non-executive director and the whistleblowing champion at both Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service. She is also Vice-Chair of Independent Living Fund Scotland, Chair of Drake Music Scotland and a Trustee of the Scottish Association for Mental Health. She believes passionately in organisational leadership which promotes excellence in service delivery through an open and supportive culture for all.
Dr Anna Black
Anna is a GP in Glasgow and has a first class BSc (Hons) in International Health from the University of Leeds, MBChB from the University of Dundee and is currently completing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Glasgow. She was a Non-Executive Director and latterly Chair of the Govan Community Project. Through her academic, clinical and charity roles, Dr Black regularly facilitates training for healthcare professionals who care for asylum seekers and refugees. She is a GP for Youth Health Services in Glasgow and is an on-call doctor for a local hospice. Dr Black brings clinical, academic and collaborative skills to the Board. She also brings a keen awareness of poverty and health inequality and is passionate about working to improve people’s lives. Anna is also a Commissioner for the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
Colin is CEO of SVM Asset Management, an independent Edinburgh-based investment group, and brings business, financial and change management experience to the Board. Through his career, he has served on third sector boards focused on health, education and professionalism. This has included appointments as the Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee on the boards of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and of CFA Institute, a global professional body. Colin has links with three Scottish universities as a guest lecturer or Honorary Professor: Glasgow, Stirling and Heriot-Watt, principally on behavioural economics. As a qualified Actuary, he can also contribute his knowledge of risk management, data science and demographics.
Jane-Claire is Chief Executive Officer at Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, a leading health charity working with the one in five people affected by Scotland's most serious long-term conditions, delivering with health inequality and human rights based approaches at the centre. The charity works with the one in five people affected. In 2020-21 this has included developing services in partnership with the NHS and Scottish Government for an emerging health condition, Long COVID, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through a unique Kindness programme delivered by over eight thousand volunteers.
She has also held posts at Diabetes UK, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and NUS Scotland; and was previously a non-Executive Member of NHS Health Scotland.
Jane-Claire is also a Commissioner at the Scottish Human Rights Commission, bringing corporate, governance and equality and human rights in practice experience. She holds an MA Hons, an MBA, and a post graduate diploma in Quality in Health Leadership. Jane-Claire has an interest in women's leadership development, mentoring young women starting out in their career, and presenting on the challenges and opportunities of being a working mum with senior experience in the public and third sector.
Dr Rak Nandwani
Rak is a former Consultant Physician in sexual health & HIV medicine. He trained in London and moved to Scotland in 1997. He was awarded Membership by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health in 2022.
Rak jointly led creation of the flagship Sandyford sexual health service in Glasgow, which took account of social determinants as well as providing clinical care. He has advised Scottish Government and other bodies on policy and strategy over a number of years. In 2016, working with the third sector, he chaired the working group which recommended a programme to prevent HIV transmisson (pre-exposure prophylaxis or “PrEP”) leading to a reduction in new diagnoses by 2019.
Rak is also an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and previously led the postgraduate training programme of his specialty in the UK. From 2005-10, he was a member of the BBC Audience Council for Scotland. In 2022, the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) awarded him an Honorary Life Fellowship for distinguished service.
Steve served as Chief Executive of the Highland Council until November 2018. His career background is in construction, housing and services with broad experience in local government, NHS and the private sector. He brings to the Board clear insights into the challenges facing remote and rural communities and hopes to work within the Board to support diverse policy approaches that promote equality of outcomes across Scotland. Steve has worked in Highland to improve life chances for care experienced young people.
Michael Craig is the Staff Side Chair of the Partnership Forum and Employee Director for Public Health Scotland. He holds several lay positions within UNISON, including, Steward and Equality Officer for the Scottish Health Care Branch and Scottish Regional Representative UNISON National LGBT+ Committee
Previous positions held include:
- Clinical Network Manager, Diabetes Managed Clinical Network, NHS Argyll and Clyde and then NHS Glasgow and Clyde
- Public Health Advisor, Evidence for Action Division, NHS Health Scotland (covering Food, Nutrition and Healthy Weight)
- Employee Director, NHS Health Scotland
Jacqueline is a Renfrewshire Councillor, representing Johnstone South and Elderslie and one of two COSLA Representatives on the Board. She is Chair of Renfrewshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Joint Board, Chair of the Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drug Commission and a member of the COSLA Health and Social Care Board.
Prior to becoming an elected member in 2017, Jacqueline worked for 10 years in the independent advocacy sector, championing the rights of people with disabilities and empowering them to have a stronger voice in the decisions that affect them. She also has a background in facilitating lived experience participation and supporting self-advocacy groups. She was co-ordinator of the Glasgow Mela, an annual multi-cultural arts festival, which brings together various communities in a celebration of shared diversity.
Jacqueline brings knowledge of the third sector, local government and as a ward councillor, a strong link to communities and community groups.
Julie represents the ward of Kirriemuir and Dean in Angus Council, and is one of the two COSLA-nominated non-executive directors. She has extensive experience of strategic communications and partnership engagement in the NHS and local authorities, which includes organisational change, transformation, public and patient involvement, and holistic systems and services. As a councillor, she is a member of the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership and chairs its Audit committee and on the board of Voluntary Action Angus. She is passionate about gender justice, tackling violence against women and domestic abuse, equality and diversity, the Third Sector, community empowerment, remote and rural communities, mental health, dementia, suicide awareness, resilience and wellbeing, including a wellbeing economy.
Julie is also actively engaged in campaigns for land reform, climate change, the environment and biodiversity. As a former broadcaster, past chair of a regional alcohol support and counselling organisation, frontline worker in social inclusion, and employee health and wellbeing adviser, she has a rich campaign, operational and strategic background and is also currently a national committee member of Women for Independence.