About the NHS (Scotland) Pension Board
Pension boards for the schemes administered by SPPA were established in 2015. We have four Pension Boards covering our Police, Firefighters, NHS and Teachers Schemes.
The boards have equal number of employer representatives and member representatives and are each led by an Independent Chair and Independent Vice-Chair.
Pension Boards are responsible for assisting the Scheme Manager with the governance and administration of the Scheme. This includes ensuring compliance with the Scheme regulations, and any other relevant legislation and requirements as set out by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in relation to the Scheme.
Every individual who is a member of the Pension Board must be conversant with the rules of the Schemes; in other words the Regulations and other legislation governing the Schemes; and have knowledge and understanding of the law relating to pensions. The Pension Boards meet four times a year.
NHS (Scotland) Pension Board members
Brian Barbour, Independent Chair
Brian Barbour is an experienced Pension Trustee. He’s been a board member of the Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme for over eight years and is also a trustee of the Standard Life Excepted Life Group Assurance Scheme.
Brian has significant experience in technology and cyber security and was previously Chief Information Security Officer at Standard Life as well as holding roles in IT and group risk. He also spent 20 years with IBM in software and quality assurance roles and served as a member of the Scottish Police Authority from its inception until 2015 and chaired its Audit and Risk Committee for three years.
Mark Cook, Independent Vice Chair
Raised in the North East of Scotland Mark is a Biochemistry graduate of Aberdeen University with postgraduate MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
Mark has spent 25 years in roles within the health sector including biologicals/pharmaceuticals, medical technology and consultancy. His current role includes determining the direction in areas such as strategy, government relations policy plus working specifically on the implications of BREXIT for the UK and individually within the devolved nations, as well as issues surrounding regulation and trade.
Mark is currently Chair of a defined benefit pension scheme in the private sector and has been on the pension board for the past 7 years
In addition, Mark is active in industry trade bodies including ABHI, MedTech Europe, ADVAMED and has published on healthcare resource utilisation in areas such as diabetes, hypertension and heart failure.
In February 2018 Mark joined the Life Sciences Industrial Leadership Group in Scotland and continues to support decision making for non-medicine technologies through membership of the Scottish Health Technology Group.
Married with 3 adult children in his spare time Mark enjoys mountain biking, archery & travel.
Tom Wilson, member representative
I have been an employee of NHS Lanarkshire for the past 33 years.
I have been a steward with the RCN in Lanarkshire for 15 years, which includes a period of 18 months as an officer.
I have also held a variety of Governance and Partnership roles both locally in NHS Lanarkshire, Nationally and within the RCN in Scotland.
These include 10 years on RCN Scottish Board, currently I am the Chair person. I am the National Staff Side lead for volunteering in NHS Scotland. Within Lanarkshire I am the NHSL Staff Side Chair for the South IJB, former chair of the HRF and a member of the Joint Policy Forum. I am also the staff side lead for Job Evaluation in Lanarkshire.
Graeme Eunson, member representative
Elected representative of BMA at both Scottish and UK level for 20 years. Deputy to BMA pensions committee for 5 years.
Actively involved in lobbying on pensions at both Scottish and UK level for last 2 years, including meetings at Scottish and UK Parliaments around NHS Pension scheme, scheme financing and pensions taxation.
Gordon McKay, member representative
Gordon McKay is a Charge Nurse, and has been an elected member of UNISON's National Executive since 2009. He’s been a member of various NHS Strategic Partnership bodies in Scotland, such as Workforce and Governance Committee, Terms and Conditions Committee and Pensions Group. He’s also involved in a number of local groups sits on various boards.
David McColl, member representative
David McColl is the Chair of the Scottish Dental Practice Committee, Chair of the Area Dental Committee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde LDC and Vice Chair of the GP sub-committee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Local Dental Committee. He is also the Scottish representative on the BDA Pensions Committee. He is a practice owner and runs a busy NHS practice in Govanhill in Glasgow.
Kay Sandlilands, employer representative
Craig Black, employer representative
Claire Pullar, employer representative
Ailsa Paterson, employer representative
- NHS Pension Board Annual Report 2020-21
- NHS Pension Board Annual Report 2019-20
- NHS Pension Board Annual Report 2018-19
Please contact us if you wish to access previous reports.
Minutes and agendas
- NHS Agenda 26 May 2022
- NHS Minutes 26 May 2022
- NHS Agenda 17 February 2022
- NHS Minutes 17 February 2022
- NHS Agenda 02 November 2021
- NHS Minutes 02 November 2021
- NHS Agenda 27 July 2021
- NHS Minutes 27 July 2021
- NHS Agenda 4 May 2021
- NHS Minutes 4 May 2021
- NHS Agenda 9 February 2021
- NHS Minutes 9 February 2021
- NHS Agenda 29 October 2020
- NHS Minutes 29 October 2020
- NHS Agenda 9 July 2020
- NHS Minutes 9 July 2020
- NHS Agenda 6 February 2020
- NHS Minutes 6 February 2020
Please contact us if you wish to access previous years minutes.