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Cath Denholm

Role: Independent Interim Chair
Date appointed: March 2024


Cath Denholm joined the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as Executive Director of Corporate Services in June 2020. Cath was interim CEO of EHRC from September 2023 to March 2024, and returned to her post of Chief Operating Officer in April 2024.

Prior to this, Cath worked for more than 20 years in NHS Scotland in both management and strategic roles in primary care, GP appraisal and public health. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Cath sat on the Board of NatureScot from 2016 and was Deputy Chair between 2019 and March 2022. Her overarching professional interests are human rights, public service leadership, and partnership working across sectors in order to achieve fair access for all and a nature-rich future.

Prior to becoming independent interim Chair of the Joint Committee, Cath represented NatureScot on the Joint Committee between April 2018 and March 2022, in her role as Deputy Chair of NatureScot. She was appointed as an independent member on the Joint Committee in April 2022, and appointed as Interim Chair in March 2024.



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