The Lieutenancy of Dunbartonshire

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Lord-Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire

Mrs Jill Young MBE


Jill Young’s career started in NHS Scotland 40 years ago when she took a ‘temporary job’ as an Auxiliary Nurse.    However, she quickly realised that caring for others would be her lifetime passion and commitment and trained as a Registered Nurse, quickly working her way up through the nursing profession and moving into NHS Management, determining to make a difference to patient care across the whole of Scotland and beyond, believing that staff values and innovation, combined with an unrelenting focus on quality, creates a more efficient, effective and above all caring healthcare system.  Her final full-time appointment was as Chief Executive of The Golden Jubilee Foundation between 2004-2018.   A unique ‘flagship’ NHS Board for Scotland it comprises the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, a 4* Conference Hotel, a Research Institute, and the National Innovation Centre.   As Scotland’s National Hospital she led the development of:

  • Scotland’s only Heart Transplant Unit
  • A major centre for Orthopaedic and Ophthalmic Surgery
  • One of the largest Cardiac, Ca & Thoracic centres in the UK
  • A major Diagnostic Imaging & Interventional Unit

Over her 14 years leadership the Hospital expanded by over 900% and developed a range of services for the whole population of Scotland and employed almost 2000 staff.  With an annual budget of around £140m Jill secured an additional £80m capital investment before she retired in December 2018 to almost double the size of the hospital over the next few years.   Jill thrives on challenge and has dedicated her career to improving health care for Scotland through leading the modernisation and redesign of patient services, and among a range of other commitments she has travelled the world including Catalonia, Las Vegas, Norway, Washington, and Brunei to lecture and share the Golden Jubilee Hospital and NHS Scotland’s success in Innovation and Quality of Patient Care.

With only one month of retirement taken, Jill was asked by the Scottish Government to return as Chair of their Operational Performance Board which had responsibility for oversight of NHS Scotland’s Patient Waiting Times.   In March 2020 she was then asked on behalf of the First Minister of Scotland to take on the role of Chief Executive of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital and to design and build a 1000 bed COVID hospital with full operational functionality to include High Dependency, Diagnostics, Pharmacy and Ambulance facilities in a large Conference Centre.   She led her quickly assembled team to deliver this commission in just over two weeks. One-month later Jill was also asked to lead Scotland’s COVID Testing Programme which saw COVID test capacity go from 250 per day to almost 40,000 per day. Her team also directs and oversees 18 mobile Testing Units to hotspots around the country, 6 Regional test centres and various Laboratory and Academic Hubs to process the COVID tests. This is an exceptional programme being delivered at a scale and pace never before seen to protect the community and the NHS. Jill was awarded an MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honour’s List for her services to the NHS.

Previous concurrent roles are many and have included:

Scottish Health Innovations Limited – Board Director

Clydebank Rebuilt, Urban Regeneration Company – Board Director

NHS Scotland Innovation Partnership Board – Board Member

NHS Scotland Innovation Assessment Committee – Chair

Jill has supported many Community and Military Charities over the years including the RNRMC, RN Ship Charities, Disability Sport Scotland, British Heart Foundation, and retains an active role in the HMT Lancastria Trust.  When she has any spare time, Jill enjoys outdoor family activities, gardening, walking, fly fishing and travel.   She has been married for 25 years to Rob who spent 30 years in the Royal Navy, and they have a son Conor who has also taken a career as an Engineer in the Royal Navy.