Public Health Scotland shadow chair appointed

Professor Jim McGoldrick to be shadow chair of Scotland’s new public health organisation

Friday 31th May 2019

With less than a year to go until the establishment of Public Health Scotland, Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, has appointed Professor Jim McGoldrick to be shadow chair of the new agency.

Professor McGoldrick is convenor of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and a board member of the Care Inspectorate. He is also a member of the Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group.

He will come into post from the 1st July this year on a transitional basis to allow for recruitment of a permanent chair to be completed.

Professor McGoldrick will oversee the establishment of the organisation and appointment of the shadow board and senior management team in advance of Public Health Scotland becoming fully operational on the 1st April 2020.

In the new role, the professor will play an important part in laying the foundations of the new organisation and establishing the leadership required to create a body equipped to tackle Scotland future public health challenges.

“This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to communities the length and breadth of Scotland,” he said.

“Realising the potential of the new organisation and the wider public health workforce to lead a renewed effort across national and local government, public services and the third sector to improve health and wellbeing is exciting and challenging in equal measure but one I am looking forward to.”

Jim has experience of the NHS and wider public sector, having served as chair of Fife NHS Board and vice chair of the Fife Community Planning Partnership Board. 

He was also  a member of the Ministerial Strategic Group for Health and Community Care and worked in education from 2001 until 2005.