Provost takes on new health role

Appointment: Provost Bill Howatson is to become Vice-Chair of the NHS Grampian board
Appointment: Provost Bill Howatson is to become Vice-Chair of the NHS Grampian board

Aberdeenshire Council Provost Bill Howatson has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairperson of the Board of NHS Grampian, it has been announced.

Councillor Howatson will take up his role as Vice Chairperson with immediate effect and will assume the role of Chairperson of the Board for the period that the Chairman, Dr David Cameron, is absent from his duties.

Councillor Howatson was first elected to Aberdeenshire Council in 1999 when he was elected to represent the Mearns South ward. A Non Executive Board member of NHS Grampian since July 2007, he has held a number of senior appointments during that time. A trained journalist, he has written for the Dundee Courier, and was agricultural editor of The Press and Journal from 1994 to 1996.

The shire’s civic leader also chairs the North East of Scotland Agricultural Advisory Group, the North East Fisheries Development Partnership, and represents Aberdeenshire Council on the Court of Aberdeen University. He has also served as a main board member of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and as its east regional chairman, and for nine years on the board of Health Scotland (formerly the Health Education Board for Scotland), where he was vice chair from 2002 to 2005.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said that the authority welcomed Provost Howatson’s appointment, and that he would play an important role in assuming the temporary role of Chairperson to the Board.

“The appointment is an acknowledgement of the work of Cllr Howatson who has served as a non-executive member of the NHS Board since 2007”, said the spokesperson.

“Aberdeenshire Council values its close working relationship with our partners in health and we believe this appointment will serve to enhance our partnership working.”