Meet the Board
Mr Brian Houston, Chairman
Brian Houston was appointed as Chair of Lothian NHS Board on 1 May 2013. As Chairman he leads the Board in its role of developing and approving strategic plans for the future of NHS Lothian. He also reports to the Cabinet Secretary and First Minister on the Board’s oversight and scrutiny of the executive management of NHS Lothian.
Brian’s previous career was focused mainly on management positions in various private sector companies, and latterly as European CEO of an international management consultancy firm. He retired from the latter role at the age of 50, and since then has held various non-executive and chairing roles in both private and public sector organisations. He has also served as CEO and Group Managing Director of two engineering companies in the offshore oil industry.
Outside of his present NHS role, Brian serves as a Non-Executive Board Member of Hibernian Football Club and as a Trustee of a charity supporting medical services for Burmese refugees. He also chairs the Board of Trustees of the Edinburgh and Lothian’s Health Foundation.
Brian is married to Caroline, has four children and three grandchildren. He is a runner, cyclist, hill walker and an occasional piper.
Mr Tim Davison, Chief Executive
Mrs Shulah Allan, Vice Chair
Mr Alex Joyce, Employee Director
Dr David Farquharson, Medical Director
Mrs Susan Goldsmith, Director of Finance
Professor Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy
Professor Alex McMahon, Nurse Director
Fiona Ireland, Chair of the Area Clinical Forum
Mr Michael Ash, Non-Executive Board Member
Mrs Kay Blair, Non-Executive Board Member
Councillor Harry Cartmill, Non-Executive Board Member
Councillor Donald Grant, Non-Executive Board Member
Councillor Ricky Henderson, Non-Executive Board Member
Mr Peter Johnston, Non-Executive Board Member
Councillor Catherine Johnstone, Non-Executive Board Member
Mrs Julie McDowell, Non-Executive Board Member
Mrs Alison Mitchell, Non-Executive Board Member
Mr Peter Murray, Non-Executive Board Member
Mr George Walker, Non-Executive Board Member
Carolyn Hirst, Non-Executive Board Member
John Oates, Non-Executive Board Member
Mrs Lynsay Williams, Non-Executive Board Member
Dr Richard Williams, Non-Executive Board Member
Martin Hill, Non-Executive Board Member
Professor Moira Whyte, Non-Executive Board Member
The following executive/corporate directors attend the board meetings but are not formal board members:
Jim Crombie, Chief Officer, Acute Services
Jim Crombie joined NHS Lothian in December 2013 as Director of Scheduled Care. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Officer, Acute Hospital Services and is responsible for the management acute hospitals across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
He has 34 years experience in healthcare in both Scotland and the USA. He qualified as a nurse in the early 1980s. In 2000 he completed an MBA at the University of Glasgow. Before coming to NHS Lothian, Jim designed and led the Scottish Government’s National Unscheduled Care Programme.
Jim is a rugby enthusiast supporting Glasgow Warriors.
Dr Simon Watson, Chief Quality Officer
Last Reviewed: 16/02/2017