After several years at the helm, Sir Kenneth Calman has stepped down as Chair of the National Library of Scotland.
Sir Kenneth Calman was appointed as Chair of the Board on 1 October 2016, and has seen the Library through an intense growth period, in particular the acceleration of its digital infrastructure and its reputation as a national institute of significance.
National Librarian Dr John Scally said:
'Sir Kenneth needs little by way of introduction in Scottish society and further afield — he has had a profoundly illustrious career in academia and medicine, and many people will know of his role in leading the Calman Commission review on devolution. Importantly for us, he has been an active advocate for the culture and heritage sector.
'Sir Kenneth's experience and expertise has been invaluable to us at the Library, and we are indebted to him for his work as Chair. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.'
Sir Kenneth Calman said:
'Maps, music, sound, film and even books. What a pleasure to have been part of this great library.'
A public appointments process is scheduled to take place next year for a replacement Chair, and in the meantime, Simon Learoyd will act as Interim Chair of the Board.
Simon Learoyd has been a member of the Library Board since 2014 and has chaired the Audit Committee during that period. He is also a Trustee of the National Library of Scotland Foundation. In addition, he is a Trustee of Community Integrated Care, one of the largest social care charities in the UK, and of Pittenweem Arts Festival, a community-based arts festival. Simon recently retired after a 35-year career in financial services, most of which was with Clydesdale Bank. He completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2020.
Sir Kenneth Calman graduated in medicine in Glasgow and became Professor of Oncology in 1974. He remained in that post for 10 years. In 1984 he became Dean of Postgraduate Medicine and Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Glasgow and Consultant Physician with an interest in palliative care at Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow.
In 1989 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Home and Health Department and in September 1991 he became Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health in London. He was a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation, and its Chairman from 1998–1999. He was Vice-Chancellor and Warden of the University of Durham from 1998 until 2007. He was a Member of the Statistics Commission from 1999 until 2007. He was President of the Institute of medical Ethics and Deputy Chair of the Board of the British Library. He chaired the Commission on Scottish Devolution 2008–2009 and was President of the British Medical Association 2008. He was awarded a KCB in 1996. He was Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland from September 2010–2015. He was Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 2006–2020.
Sir Kenneth's most recent books are 'A study of storytelling, humour and learning in medicine' and 'Medical Education: Past present and future'. He has recently completed research for an M.Litt on Scottish Literature and Medicine and published a book on this subject in July 2014 entitled A Doctor's Line: Poems and Prescriptions in Health and Healing'. His autobiography, 'It started in a cupboard', was published by Luath Press in October 2019.
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26 June 2020