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Members Reappointed to NHS Education for Scotland Board


News release from The Scottish Government

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport today announced the reappointment of Doreen Steele and Andrew Tannahill as Members of the NHS Education for Scotland Board.


Dr Doreen Steele has over 35 years of experience in the NHS and Local Government as a Chief Executive, Director of Human Resources, Director of Learning and Development and Chair of a College of Further Education and has private sector experience in retail and marketing systems. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Member of the Institute of Directors. She is educated and trained in group and family therapy which she practised in the USA. Doreen is currently an independent Human Resources and Strategic Planning Consultant with a focus on transformational change; a Director of a Registered Social Landlord and Non-Executive Director of a social care partnership responsible for care governance and quality.

Dr Andrew Tannahill is a retired public health doctor and former NHS board chief executive who has considerable experience in NHS governance, in policy, strategy and service development, and in education and training for a range of public health and healthcare professionals and students, in service and university settings. He has been a non-executive board member of NHS Education for Scotland since May 2013, has chaired the Educational & Research Governance Committee since March 2015, and serves on two of the organisation’s other committees. Specific interests include ethics-based decision-making and tackling health inequalities.


Dr Steele’s reappointment will be for 4 years and will run from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2021. Mr Tannahill’s reappointment will be for 2 years and will run from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2019.

The reappointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


The reappointments are part-time and attract a remuneration of £8,169 per annum for a time commitment of one day per week.

Dr Steele is a Member and Vice-Chair of Borders NHS Board for which she receives an annual remuneration of £8,169, for a time commitment of one day per week. Her appointment to Borders NHS Board will end on 30 April 2017.

Dr Tannahill does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.


All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Dr Steele and Dr Tannahill have had no political activity in the last five years.


High quality education, training and lifelong learning are vital to providing excellent health services. NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the Education, Training and Workforce Development Organisation for the NHS in Scotland and helps to provide better patient care by providing educational solutions for workforce development.