John Burns

Chief Operating Officer, NHS Scotland

John joined the NHS in 1983 and has worked in Dundee, Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire and Arran. Starting as an Assistant Personnel Officer John has worked across a range of roles including hospital management, planning and performance and as Board Chief Executive in Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire and Arran. Since July 2021 John has held the role of Chief Operating Officer – NHS Scotland.

John has also participated in a range of national work including finance and HR shared services, diagnostics, technology enabled care, screening. For a number of years John chaired the Management Steering Group, a sub group of the Chief Executives Group, which focusses on Terms and Conditions of Service.