Leading the way

Neena Mahal brings 20 years experience of working with various public bodies.
Neena Mahal brings 20 years experience of working with various public bodies.
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NHS Lanarkshire has announced the appointment of a new chairwoman Neena Mahal and chief executive Ian Ross.

Both have been acting in the roles on an interim basis since May, but now Health Minister Alex Neil MSP has confirmed they will both continue on a permanent basis.

Ian Ross has been employed by NHS Lanarkshire for 25 years.

Ian Ross has been employed by NHS Lanarkshire for 25 years.

Ms Mahal was appointed following the untimely death of Ken Corsar, having been vice-chairwoman and a non–executive director of NHS Lanarkshire since 2004.

She has a background in training, education and careers guidance, and over the last 20 years has been a board member of various organisations including the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, National Museums Scotland and BBC Children in Need as well as being a governor of The Glasgow Academy.

Ms Mahal said: “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead NHS Lanarkshire and build on the good work that has already started.

“We have a crucial role to play in developing services to meet the health needs of our local population and central to delivering on this will be the joint working with our local authority partners, voluntary and third sector organisations.”

Mr Ross took up his position following the departure of Tim Davison who became chief executive of NHS Lothian.

He has worked in NHS Lanarkshire for 25 years and was director of strategic implementation, planning and performance for the past five years.

Mr Ross said: “I am delighted to take up the post on a substantive basis.

“There are many challenges and opportunities for developing quality health services for the future.

“We have an excellent workforce and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them and our partners to deliver top quality care.”

Commenting on his appointment, Ms Mahal, added: “There was a very strong field of candidates, but Ian’s track record of delivery, combined with his reputation for successful partnership working, is precisely the experience we were looking for.

“I am confident that he is the right person to take NHS Lanarkshire forward.”

The Public Partnership Forum (PPF) Chairs for North and South Lanarkshire were among those who met the candidates as part of the selection process.

Felix Mullholland, chairman of the North PPF, said: “We welcomed the opportunity to be part of the recruitment process where we were able to focus on the importance and value of partnership working within Lanarkshire.

“This is a good appointment for NHS Lanarkshire as Ian will lead all partners in our shared vision for a healthier Lanarkshire.”