Director, Health Workforce, Scottish Government
In May 2012 Shirley was appointed to Scottish Government where she is Director of Health Workforce and Strategic Change. She has responsibility for a number of areas including Workforce, Transformational Change and Strategy, leadership and management development, succession planning and talent management, sustainability, pay, terms and conditions of service, pensions, workforce planning, reshaping medical careers and the sponsorship of NHS Education for Scotland. Shirley led the development and implementation of Everyone Matters, the 20:20 Workforce Vision for NHS Scotland and the NHS Scotland Delivery Plan.
Shirley graduated with an Honours Degree from Newcastle University in 1986, she began her career working in Central Government in London and from there moved to the private sector and the Police Service before joining NHS Scotland in 1996.
Shirley also holds a Master’s Degree in International Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.