Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid has been appointed the new head of NHS Education for Scotland.

Mrs Reid, who joined Perth & Kinross Council in September2018, will take up her new role as Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland on 1 February.

Her appointment was announced by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman today (Wed).

Mrs Reid said: “I am pleased to have been appointed as Chief Executive of NHS National Education for Scotland, an organisation that plays a critical role in health and social care.

“It has, however, been an incredibly difficult decision to leave Perth & Kinross Council given the very talented and committed people who work for the Council.

“Day in, day out every colleague goes above and beyond to ensure residents, business and visitors enjoy good experiences and outcomes to live life well.

“It is the hard work and commitment of colleagues that makes Perth & Kinross Council a truly fantastic organisation.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Chief Executive at Perth & Kinross Council, bringing new ways of working, the Perth and Kinross Offer, and agreement on an array of exciting capital projects for the future including a new boutique hotel in Perth city centre.

“As a resident of Perth and Kinross I will enjoy watching the area flourish and I wish each and every one of my colleagues every success for the future. “

Perth & Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said: “I am disappointed that Karen is leaving but delighted she is taking up a national role and I wish her every success in the future.

“She will undoubtedly be a loss to Perth and Kinross. She is an outstanding chief executive, combining vision with hard work.

“In my relationship with her as leader of the Council I have found her to be absolutely first-class and she has been a tremendous leader of staff at Perth & Kinross Council.”

SNP Group leader Councillor Grant Laing added: “Obviously, I am disappointed to see Karen leave to take up a national appointment because I think she is the right person to lead Perth and Kinross through this extremely difficult period.

“Having known Karen since when she interviewed for the job and having worked closely with her as leader of the opposition, I know how capable a person she is and how approachable to Elected members she is.

“It is a huge loss to Perth and Kinross.”