NHS Borders appointment

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the new chair of the board of NHS Borders is John Raine.

Announcing the appointment this week Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, said:“I am very pleased to announce this appointment. Mr Raine will bring a valuable range of skills and experience which will be of great benefit to Borders NHS Board. He has shown a strong commitment to public service over many years and I look forward to working together with him in the vital task of improving the health of the people of Scotland.”

Mr Raine started his career in newspaper journalism, moving from industry public relations to local government and serving nine years as chief executive of Derbyshire County Council.

He was appointed chairman of a health-related national government regulatory body from 1997-2003; and served six years as chair of Derbyshire Probation Board, plus he was chairman of the Probation Boards’ Association for England and Wales for three years.

From 2006-2009 Mr Raine was chair of NHS Derbyshire County having previously been a non-executive director with the NHS for eight years. He chaired the Derbyshire Association for Blind People for seven years as well as a charity providing residential outdoor activities for young people in the Peak District.

The appointment will be for four years and will run from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2015.

This post is part-time and Mr Raine will receive £29,640 a year, for a three day week, during which he will be involved in the strategic planning of health services and the development of improvements in the health of Borders communities.