A NEW interim chair has been appointed at NHS Forth Valley.

Neena Mahal MBE has taken up the role, as announced by the cabinet secretary for NHS recovery, health and social care Neil Gray.

Neena will assume the position from Monday, April 1 on a one-year contract.

The health board confirmed the appointment on Monday, March 18, citing her wealth of expertise as a factor in the hiring.

In a statement, the board said: “Neena has extensive experience of leadership and governance in the NHS as a former chair of NHS Lanarkshire.

“Her expertise in corporate governance and strategy development has been gained through her previous non-executive roles on a wide range of public bodies, charitable and voluntary sector organisations including the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, National Museums Scotland, BBC Children in Need and The Glasgow Academy.

“She is currently a Lay Governor at Glasgow Caledonian University and an independent consultant, trainer and advisor.

“Neena has a strong background in and understanding of what equality, diversity and inclusion means for leadership and good governance and has supported organisations to build an inclusive and positive culture.

“She brings a wealth of experience in collaborative leadership and organisational change.”

Neena replaces Janie McCusker as the chair of NHS Forth Valley, whose term came to an end in February.

Vice chair Alan Rennie will cover the position throughout March and will also remain as the number two when Neena comes in.