Caroline Lamb

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Caroline Lamb
Chief Executive of NHS Scotland
Assumed office
January 2021
Preceded byJohn Connaghan (acting) Malcolm Wright
Director-General of Health and Social Care
Assumed office
January 2021
Preceded byElinor Mitchell
Personal details
Alma materKing's College London

Caroline Lamb has served as the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General of Health and Social Care directorates since 2021.

Early life[edit]

Lamb studied at the King's College London, before training as a chartered accountant with KPMG. She worked with clients Castle Cement, Citibank, Nestlé and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.[1][2]


Lamb qualified as a chartered accountant and later moved to Scotland, where she worked as the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources in NHS Education for Scotland (NES) from 2004 to 2014. She later served as the Acting Chief Executive for NES, before being appointed into the role on a full term basis the following year.[3]

In December 2019, Lamb joined the Scottish Government, where she led the Digital Health and Care Directorate. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she took on further responsibility for leading on the COVID-19 related ICU surge requirements; acting as Portfolio Director for Test and Protect in May 2020; and becoming Delivery Director for the Extended Seasonal Flu and COVID-19 vaccination programmes in August 2020.[4]

In December 2020, she was announced as the new Chief Executive of NHS Scotland, as well as the new Director-General of the Scottish Government's Health and Social Care Directorates. She assumed both offices the following month.[5]


  1. ^ "NES Events | NHS Education for Scotland | Caroline Lamb". Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Holyrood's top 25 women in the public sector". Holyrood Website. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Caroline Lamb". LinkedIn.
  4. ^ "Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director-General Health and Social Care". Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Caroline Lamb has been appointed as the new chief executive of NHS Scotland". Retrieved 14 April 2022.