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Friday, 14 October 2011

NHS Ayrshire & Arran appoints new chief executive John Burns

From 1 April 2012, NHS Ayrshire & Arran will have a new chief executive. Following the retiral of Dr Wai-yin Hatton at the end of March 2012, John Burns will take up the post of chief executive of NHS Ayrshire & Arran.


Mr Burns (pictured above) is the current chief executive of NHS Dumfries & Galloway, and has also held the position of Director of Health Services. He started his NHS career at Tayside Health Board in 1983 and has held several positions throughout Scotland before taking up the post as chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity Hospitals NHS Trust in 2001.

Professor William Stevely CBE, chairman of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board explains: “John Burns brings a wealth of experience of the NHS, and has been responsible for leading and integrating services across the region.”

Mr Burns has chaired a range of national work programmes including Financial Shared Services, review of Cervical Cytology Laboratory Services and the Implementation Board for the Managed Services Network for Children and Young People’s Cancer.

Mr Burns is originally from St Andrews in Fife, and is married with two children.

Professor Stevely adds: “John was appointed out of a very strong field of candidates after a rigorous interview process. We are confident that John will be a worthy successor to Dr Hatton, with a strong commitment to safe, quality, patient-centred services.

“On behalf of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board, I would like to convey our personal and professional thanks to Dr Hatton for her significant contribution to health care throughout her long career in the NHS.”

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