Decades of public service

Sandy Watson
Sandy Watson

Long-standing public servant Mr Sandy Watson has retired from his role as

chairman of the board

of NHS Tayside.

Mr Watson retired on Friday after seven-and-a-half years in the role and an event was held at Ninewells Hospital attended by family, friends and colleagues.

It brings to a close three public sector careers and a lifetime of service to communities across Scotland.

He graduated from Glasgow University with an Honours degree in Classics and Education before going on to teach in Crieff, Portree and Callander.

In 1975 he went into the Education Directorate and served in several posts. In 1994 he became chief executive of Tayside Regional Council, and the following year was appointed chief executive of the new Angus Council, retiring from the post in 2005.

Mr Watson has held a number of posts over the years: chairman of the National Group for Volunteering in Scotland; and until recently the chairman of the NHS Scotland Board Chairs’ Group; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Abertay Dundee; former chairman of the Scottish Advisory Committee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and has had a long association with Young Scot and the Dialogue Youth Initiative. In addition he was appointed depute lord lieutenant of Angus and his commitment to public service was recognised in 2003 with an OBE.

He paid tribute to the Board members with whom he has served, and to the chief executive, directors, clinicians and all staff for their professionalism and willingness to always go the extra mile.

He added: “The people of Tayside are well served by exceptional people doing exceptional things. These exceptional people deserve my thanks and best wishes as they rise to the undoubted challenges which lie ahead for the NHS and the public sector generally.”

Lesley McLay, chief executive of NHS Tayside, said: “Always resolute in his belief that NHS Tayside is one of the best health systems in the country, he has helped this organisation achieve all of its goals with his exceptional leadership of the Board. Sandy always puts staff and patients first in everything he does.

“His wisdom and vast experience have undoubtedly stood NHS Tayside in good stead over the years and he has pursued everything with an unwavering professionalism, but also always with a sense of humour and a love for a great anecdote!

“On behalf of the Board of NHS Tayside, I wish him and his wife and family all best wishes in his retirement; he will be truly missed.”

Mr Watson officially stepped down on Sunday, May 31, and he plans to spend more time with his wife, Jean, and family at home and abroad.