Malcolm Wright appointed head of NHS Scotland

Monday 17th June 2019

After acting as chief executive of NHS Scotland and director general of health and social care at the Scottish Government on an interim basis, Malcolm Wright will now take on both roles on a permanent basis.

“With more than 40 years’ experience in a variety of roles, he brings a wealth of knowledge about what makes NHS and social care tick,” said Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport.

“We have worked well together during the time that he has been in post on an interim basis, and I know he shares my determination to equip our health and care system to meet the challenges of the future, and to continue delivering an excellent service for the people of Scotland.”

Having carried out the role on an interim basis since the departure of Paul Gray in February, he was appointed following an open recruitment process.

Mr Wright has worked in the NHS since starting as an administrative trainee at Lothian Health Board in 1975.

He has worked at various health boards across Scotland, including a number of chief executive roles. He also held the post of hospital manager at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

“It is a great honour to be appointed into this post,” Mr Wright said.

“Scotland’s health and social care system in undergoing a significant transformation, including the integration of health and social care, an expansion of multi-disciplinary teams in primary care, and a substantial investment in mental health services.

“I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Paul Gray, who achieved so much during his time in post, and gave me some valuable help and advice before he left his position earlier in the year.

“I have been immensely privileged to spend my career working in Scotland’s health service, and I am looking forward to this new challenge, and in particular the opportunity to work with Scotland’s talented and dedicated health and care workforce.”