Scotland’s cabinet secretary for health Nicola Sturgeon has named Ian Kinniburgh as the new chairman of Shetland Health Board.
Mr Kinniburgh, who has been the board’s vice-chairman for the last four years, will take over from Betty Fullerton at the beginning of next month and serve a four-year term.
He is owner and managing director of recycling company 60 North and his previous experience includes 26 years working in local government, including 10 as a senior manager in Shetland.
Mr Kinniburgh said he was delighted and ready to meet the challenge that lies ahead. “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to help shape the direction of health service development over the next four years.
“The obvious challenge for us locally is balancing the books. Because of the change in the economic climate there will be additional pressures placed on government spending and that will inevitably have some impact on the health service.
“The challenge for us is to continue to deliver services without adversely affecting quality. There is a government agenda to provide faster and better access to health care over a wider range of services.
“That makes the challenge very difficult, but we have got some clever people working in the health service in Shetland and I am confident they will help come up with solutions.”
Ms Sturgeon said: “I am very pleased to announce this appointment. Mr Kinniburgh will bring a valuable range of skills and experience which will be of great benefit to NHS Shetland. He has shown a strong commitment to public service over many years and has demonstrated a clear understanding of the issues being faced within NHS Shetland.!
Mr Kinniburgh will work three days a week for a salary of £26,988.
It is understood that chairman of the Crofters Commission Drew Ratter was also interviewed but was unsuccessful in obtaining the post. He will remain as a board member.