Karen Reid appointed Chief Executive for NHS Education for Scotland

21 Oct 2020


Karen Reid has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for NHS Education for Scotland (NES), with effect from 1 February 2021.

Mrs Reid is currently the Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross Council and the SOLACE portfolio holder for education. Prior to this, Karen held the post of Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate. During 2017, she also provided interim Chief Executive leadership of Education Scotland, and led both these organisations. She also led the partnership with HIS which developed the new rights based National Care Standards for Health and Social care. During this period she also worked with NHS NES to use the TURAS architecture for the basis of a new digital approach in the Care Inspectorate.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I am sure that Karen Reid’s extensive experience within in the public sector will be an asset to NHS Education for Scotland as they continue to deliver education, training and workforce development to NHS staff despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.

“Karen has a range of skills acquired during her roles with Perth & Kinross Council, the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland among others. Her knowledge and enthusiasm will enable us to keep building the skilled and sustainable workforce which Scotland needs as we navigate the current crisis.”

NES Chairman David Garbutt said: “I am delighted that we are to be joined by Karen, who is one of Scotland’s foremost leaders in public sector design and delivery, and scrutiny and improvement in health and social care. She is passionate about education and learning and committed to improving outcomes for people and communities.

Karen Reid said: “I have worked extensively with NHS and social care colleagues over the years and I’m excited about the opportunities which working with NES presents.”

Karen was until recently a member of the University Court at the University of Dundee, Chair of the University Audit Committee, member of the Scottish Education Council and Covid Education Recovery Group. During her tenure at the Care Inspectorate she sat on the General Medical Council Scotland Advisory Group. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Karen is qualified in accountancy and communications /public relations and has formal certification in international regulation, coaching and mediation.


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