Dr Malcolm Kerr

BackgroundMalcolm Kerr

Born Leith, 8th May 1953 and educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and Edinburgh University (1971-1977). GP at Brodick, Isle of Arran since 1984.


Resident and Registrar posts with Eastern Health and Social Services Board, Northern Ireland from 1977 to 1982. GP registrar, Sandbach, Cheshire, 1982 to 1983. Research Fellow with Belfast Monica Project (Queen’s University, Belfast) 1983 to 1984. Author of papers on diagnosis and management of myocardial infarcti0n, epidemiology of coronary heart disease, and Bell’s Palsy. MB,ChB 1977, MRCP(UK) 1981, MRCGP 1983. Appointed to initially single-handed practice at Brodick in 1984. Subsequent career:

Medical /A&E Officer, Arran War Memorial Hospital, from 1988
Chair, AWMH hospital staff group, 1992
In Brodick Medical Practice partnership from 1994
Chair, Arran Local Health care Cooperative, 1999
Project Lead on ‘Bid 79’, an extensive enquiry into psychiatric crisis management in remote and rural areas of Scotland, 2000 to 2002
Chair, subsequently Clinical Lead, North Ayrshire Community Health Partnership, 2003 to 2005
GP Trainer/Educational Supervisor with NES from 2004
Clinical Lead, Arran Health Group, from 2005 to 2012
Primary Care Advisor, NHS QIS, 2006 to 2008
Member Ayrshire and Arran Local Medical Committee, 2006 to 2014


Community development: Chair of Arran Council for Voluntary Service, 1994 to 1996
Folk Music: Treasurer, then Chair of Arran Folk Festival, 1989 to 1994. Member of erstwhile folk band Ceilidh Menage, 1998 to 2002, including tours to Brittany and Canada
Jazz: amateur jazz drummer with Arran’s Jazz Cafe Band, 2002 to current
Sailing: Arran Yacht Club member since 1986, Commodore 1996 to 1998
Climbing Scottish hills, with recent renewal of interest in Munros


Joined the SNP in 1967
Numerous branch and constituency offices in Edinburgh and, later, North Ayrshire
President , Federation of Student Nationalists , 1974-5
Contested Arran ward of North Ayrshire Council in 1996 (unsuccessful)
Contested West of Scotland (list) in the 1999 Scottish Parliament election (unsuccessful)
Currently Convenor of Isle of Arran SNP Branch
Long term member of Scottish CND, and Amnesty International Supporter
Closely associated with the Yes Campaign on Arran during the Independence Referendum (successful – Arran voted Yes)