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Mr David Garbutt

Chair of NES Board

QPM LLD Chartered FCIPD Chair, NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service

David has held Chief Officer roles with Lothian and Borders, and Grampian Police, and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2001 New Year Honours. He was Assistant Inspector of Constabulary before his appointment as Director of the Scottish Police College between 1998 and 2006. He has been a member of the Board of the Scottish Leadership Foundation and the Justice Sector Skills Council and has also served as the President of the European Police College. In this role he was involved with the Bologna and Copenhagen processes of accreditation and led the EU pre-accession negotiations on Police training with Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. David has also been an adviser on police reform and transformational change in a number of countries. In addition, he has extensive experience of working with the FBI in developing counter-terrorism programmes and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

David is Chair of NHS Education for Scotland, appointed in April 2018 and the Scottish Ambulance Service since June 2009. He has led the Scottish Ambulance Service through a significant programme of transformational change and the implementation of a new strategic framework to deliver enhanced patient care. He is the Chair of the NHS Chairs Quality Portfolio Group and has implemented an extensive Quality Improvement development programme for Executive and Non-Executive Board members. He currently Chairs the NHS National Performance Management Committee and Chairs the NHS 70th Anniversary Steering Group. He is a member of the Everyone Matters Implementation Group, the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Programme Board and the Leadership, Talent Management and Succession Planning Group. Following his work as Chair of the Quality of Care Outcomes Review Group and membership of the HIS Quality of Care Design Panel, he currently serves on the Quality of Care Reviews Expert Reference Group.