Retiral of NHS Tayside chief

Sandy Watson, NHS Tayside chairman, has retired after seven-and-a-half years with NHS Tayside and 48 years of public service.

An Honours graduate of Glasgow University in both Classics and Education, Mr Watson taught in Crieff, Portree and Callander before going into the Education Directorate in Central Region in October 1975.

He spent two years in Strathclyde in the mid 1980s as an assistant director before going back to Central Region as senior depute and was appointed education director in Tayside in 1990.

He was President of the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland from 1992 to 1993 and then became the Association’s General Secretary.

He succeeded Robert Black, the first Auditor General for Scotland, as Chief Executive of Tayside Regional Council in December 1994, and was appointed Chief Executive of the new Angus Council in May 1995 on the reorganisation of local government in Scotland.

He retired from this post in 2005. He served as the secretary of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives from 1997 to 2008. He now plans to spend more time with his wife Jean and family.