Public Health Scotland has established Governance committees that operate as standing committees of our Board.
We have given details of each committee’s membership and Terms of Reference, but these meetings are not open to the public.

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

The purpose of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee is to support the Chief Executive, as Accounting Officer, and the Board in their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance and associated assurance. The Committee is an advisory and commissioning committee promoting a climate of financial discipline and internal control and overseeing arrangements to attain value for money, regularity and propriety and reduce the risks of financial or other mismanagement.

Committee Members:

  • Colin McLean (Chair)
  • Michael Craig
  • Liz Humphreys
  • Ann McKechin
  • Steve Barron
  • Prof Rak Nandwani

Population Health and Clinical Governance Committee

We are still working on the remit of this new Committee, but we envisage the focus of the Population Health and Clinical Governance Committee will be to ensure that Public Health Scotland is generating, accessing and mobilising all of the data and evidence required to ensure that the organisation is focused on and delivering the most effective solutions to tackling Scotland’s persistent poor outcomes in health, wellbeing and inequalities.

Committee Members:

  • Prof Rak Nandwani (Chair)
  • Dr Anna Black
  • Steve Barron
  • Cllr Julie Bell
  • Cllr Jacqueline Cameron

Staff Governance Committee

The purpose of the Staff Governance Committee is to ensure that Public Health Scotland establishes a culture where the workforce of the organisation is supported to deliver the organisation’s strategic ambitions, in keeping with the dual accountability of Public Health Scotland to the Scottish Government and to COSLA and where the highest standards of staff management are maintained. It should ensure that arrangements are in place to fully implement the Staff Governance Standard underpinned by the NHS Reform (Scotland) Act 2004 and that the principles of NHS partnership working are embedded.

Committee Members:

  • Jane-Claire Judson (Chair)
  • Cllr Jacqueline Cameron (Vice-Chair)
  • Cllr Julie Bell
  • Michael Craig
  • Elizabeth Humphreys
  • Carron McDiarmid
  • Ann McKechin
  • Ewan Pow
  • Karen Donnelly
  • Lesley MacDonald (Secretary)

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee operates as a sub-committee of the Staff Governance Committee. The purpose of the Remuneration Committee is to ensure efficient and effective use of public money in relation to managerial and executive pay and that decisions on pay are fully supportable to the general public who will want assurances that the maximum level of resources goes into improving outcomes for the people of Scotland. The Committee also ensures that appropriate systems for professional registration and other related processes are in place.

Partnership Forum

The Partnership Forum is the focal point of our formal partnership working agreement with our recognised Trade Unions. The Partnership Forum is made up of management representatives and staff side representatives and is jointly chaired by the Chief Executive and Staff Side Chair (Employee Director).


If you would like more information about our Governance committees, please contact the Executive and Governance team by emailing

Last updated: 14 September 2023
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