A new chief executive for NHS Tayside has been announced.
Grant Archibald is currently chief operating officer of Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s acute services.
Malcolm Wright, who is currently chief executive of NHS Tayside, is to take over from NHS Scotland’s chief executive Paul Gray, who is stepping down in February after more than five years the role.
Mr Wright will be replaced by Mr Archibald on a permanent basis.
Having been born in Dundee and grown up in Broughty Ferry, Mr Archibald started his working life as a porter at Ninewells while he was a student at Dundee University.
He began his NHS career on the national graduate trainee programme in 1984 and his first permanent work was in Dundee Royal Infirmary and then Ninewells.
He has held a series of senior management posts in three of Scotland’s largest health boards – NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
While in Glasgow, Mr Archibald was at the helm of a £1 billion reorganisation of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s acute services.
He has also overseen an ambitious building programme that included the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow which opened in 2015.
Mr Archibald said: “I am delighted and proud to have been appointed to this important post and am looking forward to getting on with the job of continuing to build a really bright future for health and social care services in the region.
“I know that the staff in Tayside do amazing things every day both in communities and in our hospitals and it is now my job to make sure that they can keep making a difference to patients, service users and their families.
“Health and social care services are changing across the country and I look forward to the opportunity of working with my staff and partner organisations to deliver quality services for the population.”