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

As Chief Executive of NHS Lothian, Tim is accountable to the Chair of the NHS Board for the performance of the whole organisation in protecting and improving the health of the population and for the delivery of front line health care services. As the Accountable Officer for NHS Lothian, Tim also has a personal responsibility to the Scottish Parliament for the propriety and regularity of the public finances deployed by NHS Lothian. He leads the staff of the NHS Board to deliver the board’s vision, values, aims and objectives with particular emphasis on improving the health of the population, improving the quality and safety of care for patients and to improve value for money and sustainability.

Tim joined the NHS in Scotland as a graduate national management trainee in 1983, based in the Forth Valley Health Board area. His first substantive management post was based at Stirling Royal Infirmary and then Tim moved to Lothian Health Board for the first time in 1986 where he worked as a young manager at the Royal Edinburgh and Rosslynlee Hospitals for two years.

Tim then moved to Glasgow where he held a number of senior management posts over the next 17 years. From 1994 to 1999 he was the Chief Executive of the Greater Glasgow Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust.  He then moved to the Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust as Chief Executive from 1999 to 2002. Tim’s last post in the Glasgow area was as Chief Executive of the North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust (later Division) from 2002 to 2005. After his time in Glasgow, Tim held the post of Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire for seven years, from 2005 to 2012, before joining NHS Lothian as Chief Executive.

In addition to his role within NHS Lothian, Tim is also active in national roles on behalf of the NHS in Scotland, most recently focused on the integration of health and social care, the improvement of unscheduled care and the redesign of the medical workforce.

Tim enjoys tennis, cycling and has a particular interest in military and political history.  He is married and lives with his wife in Perthshire.

Mrs Shulah Allan, Vice Chair

Shulah Allan has been a Non-Executive Director of the Lothian NHS Board since 2010. Shulah was then made Vice Chair of the Board in October 2012.  As Vice Chair, she deputises for the Chairman when required, both externally and internally, and meets regularly with the Chairman. Shulah is also involved in a number of committees with her role as Vice Chair. Shulah was originally appointed as a patient member on the Board and still tries to maintain her patient view on issues and schemes that are brought to the Board.

Shulah was appointed Chair of Edinburgh Community Health Partnership in 2012 and is also the Vice Chair of the Edinburgh Shadow Health and Social Care Partnership. Shulah also chairs the NHS Lothian Community Gardens Committee and chairs the new NHS Lothian Catering Strategy.

Shulah brings experience to the board 25 years experience of working within the third sector in Edinburgh. Through much of her career Shulah focused on health and social care services in community development. She was also actively involved in partnership working between the third sector with the Health Board and the local authority.

In addition to her NHS Lothian role, Shulah sits on the board of two local trusts, a housing association and a local charity. She is also the Convenor of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Outside of her committee roles, Shulah enjoys singing in a community choir.

Mr Alex Joyce, Employee Director

Alex Joyce was appointed Employee Director of NHS Lothian in 2012. He has worked in the NHS since 1979 and in NHS Lothian since 1981.  He has worked as a nursing assistant, student nurse, staff nurse and charge nurse throughout his years in the NHS.  He has been committed to the Trade Union Movement throughout his career.  He was a Nursing and Midwifery Council member (NMC) and was on the Fitness to Practice Committee for four years.

In his current role as Employee Director, he is the leader for the staff side of NHS Lothian. Alex chairs the Partnership Forum and Staff Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Healthcare Governance Committee and Acute Hospitals Committee.

In addition, Alex is a member of UNISON and is involved in a number of committees such as their Health Service Group Executive Committee, National Nursing Committee and Scottish Health Committee. He is also a NHS UK Staff Council member.

Outside of his professional commitments, Alex enjoys hill walking and is an avid football fan supporting Rangers

Dr David Farquharson, Medical Director

Dr David Farquharson completed his undergraduate medical training in London and went on to specialise in Gynaecology and Obstetrics.  He then completed a year studying gynaecological cancer at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA.

David’s first consultant post was in Bradford but after three years he relocated to Edinburgh and joined NHS Lothian. He held several consultant posts around Lothian including at the (then) Western General Maternity Unit and St John’s Hospital. Additionally, he was on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for six years.  He also chaired the UK Sub-Speciality Training Centre at the College for three years and he is currently on the Board of Trustees at the College.  Prior to becoming Medical Director, he was a Clinical Director at the Royal Infirmary for 15 years.

As Medical Director, David is responsible for patient safety and quality of patient care throughout Lothian.  He is also the responsible officer for all qualified doctors in Lothian on behalf of the GMC.

David thoroughly enjoys gardening, especially planting rhododendrons.  He also plays golf and enjoys walking through the Cairngorms.

Mrs Susan Goldsmith, Director of Finance

Susan Goldsmith joined NHS Lothian in November 2008 as Director of Finance.  As Director, her primary responsibility is to support the financial stability of NHS Lothian ensuring that financial targets are met. This includes overseeing the revenue budget for NHS Lothian which is currently £1.4 billion. She is also responsible for Operational Financial Management including salaries and wages administration, corporate reporting and internal audit. Susan also oversees the capital programme and major capital projects including the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Susan joined the NHS in 1982 as a graduate finance trainee working within the South East Thames Region. She returned to Scotland in 1991 to work in the (then) Management Executive supporting the establishment of NHS Trusts in Scotland, and eventually heading the Trust Finance Unit. After leaving the Management Executive Susan held various NHS Trust Director of Finance posts in NHS Lothian and NHS Forth Valley. Prior to her current NHS Lothian appointment, she was Director of Finance at NHS Lanarkshire.

In addition to her role with NHS Lothian, Susan is a Trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Chair of HUB South East Territory Partnering Board and is an Executive Director for Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.

In her spare time, Susan enjoys running, cycling, reading and spending time with family.

Professor Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy

Professor Alison McCallum joined NHS Lothian in March 2005. As Director of Public Health and Health Policy she is responsible for protecting and improving the health of the population of Lothian (population circa 860,000) and leading efforts to address health inequalities.

She trained as a doctor in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England. She has worked as a consultant in London and Director of Public Health Strategy in East and North Hertfordshire. Her penultimate role before joining NHS Lothian was a research fellow and specialist in public health medicine at the Finnish National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health.

In addition to her role as Director of Public Health, Alison is Chair of Scottish Directors of Public Health Group and a member of the executive group of the UK Directors of Public Health. She is NHS Lothian’s Caldicott Guardian, is on the national Caldicott Guardians Forum and the United Kingdom Council of Caldicott Guardians.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing and is also very passionate about the arts, specifically music.

Professor Alex McMahon, Nurse Director

Alex joined NHS Lothian in September 2008 with widespread experience in many different areas of healthcare.

Alex started his career as a NHS student nurse in 1983. First of all doing his training in psychiatric nursing and then later general nursing training.  He then worked as a staff nurse, then a charge nurse and manager for many years until he left the NHS in 1994. He took up the post as Head of Policy at the Royal College of Nursing before leaving that post in 2002. Alex then moved to AstraZeneca, a global pharmaceutical company, as their Head of Government Affairs for Scotland and Ireland. This position led Alex to go onto work for the Scottish Government for five and a half years before taking up his current post in NHS Lothian.

In his post of Director for nursing, midwifery and AHPs, Alex will continue to be the executive director responsible for REAS (Royal Edinburgh and Associated Services) and prison healthcare.

In addition to his work with NHS Lothian, Alex is also an honorary chair of the University of Stirling where he holds the title as Professor of Applied Social Sciences.

Alex is a keen tennis player and regularly takes part in mixed-doubles tournaments. He scored success in the mixed doubles tournament at Mortonhall Tennis Club in September 2014 when he and his partner made it to the semi-finals.

Fiona Ireland, Chair of the Area Clinical Forum

Fiona joined the Lothian NHS Board on 1 September 2016. She is Chair of the Area Clinical Forum (ACF) and the Lothian Area Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee. The ACF provides a multi-professional clinical perspective on strategy development and service delivery issues, ensuring the voice of health professionals is considered by the NHS Board.

In her role as ACF Chair, Fiona serves on various board governance committees, including the Healthcare Governance Committee, the Acute Hospitals Committee and the Board of the East Lothian Integrated Joint Board. Fiona is also a trustee on Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation charity board. She engages at a national level through the Chairs of ACF Scotland group with the Health Minister and senior policy officers of the NHS in Scotland.

With the exception of time spent working in The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, Fiona has been employed in Lothian in a range of nursing roles within oncology, haematology and acute medical admissions. After completing post graduate studies, Fiona was employed in practice development and workforce planning positions within the predecessor Trusts in Edinburgh and East & Midlothian. Fiona has also worked within the Scottish Government on a programme of work reviewing nurse bank arrangements nationally.

As Deputy Director for Corporate Nursing, Fiona has a broad portfolio including nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning, clinical policy, documentation, information for patients, interpretation and translation services, generic recruitment, supplementary staffing, eRostering, volunteers and carers.

Outside work, Fiona is a keen cook and enjoys cycling.

Mr Michael Ash, Non-Executive Board Member

Michael Ash joined the Lothian NHS Board in August 2012. In his role as a Non-Executive Director he serves on many different committees. He chairs the East Lothian Community Health Partnership Committee and is involved in the Shadow Board of Health and Social Care, during this transition period.

Michael has over 40 years experience in the public sector, working in various different roles. He was a Non-Executive Director of a mental health and learning disabilities trust in England for 11 years. In addition, he just recently finished a six year term as a member of the Accounts Commission for Scotland.

An avid bridge player, Michael completed a two-year term as President of the Scottish Bridge Union. He also hopes to be able to play alongside four members of the CHP Committee who are also keen bridge players.

Mrs Kay Blair, Non-Executive Board Member

Kay Blair joined the Lothian NHS Board in November 2012. With over 30 years’ collective experience as a Non-Executive Director, Kay brings a breadth of knowledge to the board in both her past and present roles.

Following degrees in Russian and Economics, Kay began her career at the Financial Times in London. When she returned to Scotland she continued her journalistic activities with a weekly business column in the Scotsman and as a deputy editor of Scottish Business Insider. Kay has acted as a Non-Executive Director on a number of different boards in the past including Scottish Ambulance Service, Edinburgh Sick Kids NHS Trust, Scottish Consumer Council, St Andrews University and the Scottish Legal Aid Board.  More recently, from 2006 to 2013 Kay served as the Vice Chair of the Financial Services Authority’s Consumer Panel in London. It focuses on achieving better consumer outcomes from financial services regulation.

Currently, Kay holds a variety of different roles including running her own consumer affairs and communications consultancy. Kay is also Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator and a Non-Executive Director on the NHS24 Board, where she chairs the Clinical Governance Committee. Outside of Scotland, Kay chairs the insurance advisory group of the Frankfurt based European Supervisory Authority, EIOPA.

Kay serves on a number of Lothian’s committees including the Edinburgh Shadow Health and Social Care Integration Board. She also chairs Lothian’s Acute Committee.

In her spare time, Kay enjoys travel, cinema, socialising and reading.  Recently, her time has been consumed by trying to train her new Labrador puppy.

Councillor Harry Cartmill, Non-Executive Board Member

Councillor Harry Cartmill joined the Lothian NHS board in 2016. Born and raised in Bathgate he was elected to serve his local community in 2012.

His early career was spent as a Country Park Ranger, before moving into the voluntary Sector where he progressed to the role of National Chairperson of the UK Coalition Against Poverty. Cllr Cartmill has also spent time working with Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Michael Connarty as a Parliamentary Aide in Westminster. He has a keen interest in health and wellbeing and enjoys cycling and golf.

Councillor Donald Grant, Non-Executive Board Member

Councillor Donald Grant joined the Lothian NHS Board as a Non-Executive Stakeholder Director in August 2012. He sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and Staff Governance Committee as well as being Vice Chair for East Lothian Community Health Partnership and Vice Chair for East Lothian Health and Social Care Shadow Board. Donald is also the Cabinet Spokesperson for Health and Social Care for East Lothian Council.

Donald was formerly an electrician with South of Scotland Electricity Board (SSEB) and then its successor, Scottish Power, for 32 years. Since 1999, he has been an elected Councillor with East Lothian Council originally representing the Tranent/Macmerry Ward but since 2007 has represented the Fa’side Ward as one of four councillors in the multi-member ward system.

In his role, Councillor Grant is involved with the Planning and Education East Lothian Council Committees and is Vice Chair of the Licensing Sub-Committee.  He is also a member of East Lothian Licensing Board.

Donald’s main pastimes are: walking, watching sport, particularly football and rugby with a real interest in reading political biographies and diaries.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Non-Executive Board Member

Councillor Ricky Henderson joined the Lothian NHS Board as a Non-Executive Stakeholder Director in June 2012. In his role he is vice chair of the Integrated Joint Board for Edinburgh and is a member of the Finance and Resource Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation Trust.

Ricky has worked in the retail, construction and telecom sectors before being elected on to the Council in 1999. He is the Convenor of Health, Social Care and Housing, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group and has been elected to represent the Pentland Hills Ward.

He is a member of the Court at Heriot-Watt University and is involved in the Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority. He has also been a CWU Trade Union Official since 1992.

Outside of his role on the Board and the Council, he follows Hearts, enjoys golf, music and cooking.

Mr Peter Johnston, Non-Executive Board Member

Mr Peter Johnston joined the Lothian NHS Board in 2010. Peter is currently involved in various different committees in NHS Lothian. He chairs the Transport and Access Committee, Pharmacy Practices Committee, Midlothian Joint Integration Committee and is Vice Chair of the Finance and Resource Committee.

Peter has been an elected member of West Lothian Council since 1985. He is now a full-time Councillor and spent two terms as the Leader of the Council.  Prior to his role in West Lothian Council, Peter was a teacher.

Currently, Peter is the Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). He is also a Non-Executive Director for Healthcare Improvement Scotland and a member of the Scottish Health Council Board.

A Dundonian by birth, Peter is an avid supporter of Dundee United and also plays golf in his spare time.

Councillor Catherine Johnstone, Non-Executive Board Member

Councillor Catherine Johnstone joined the Lothian NHS Board in June 2012.  She is a Cabinet Member of Midlothian Council with responsibilities for Adult and Social Care.

Prior to the last election, Catherine worked as a Homeless Officer with the Council’s Housing and Community Safety Team and has always had a keen interest in social issues.

Before that, the local politician joined the ranks of the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service (RNXS) and her main job there was Naval Control of Shipping (NCS) and Defence of Ports and Anchorages (DEFPA) – which was said to give her resilience for her present position as a Councillor.

Catherine grew up in Mayfield and has now lived in Newtongrange for the past ten years; she has always wanted to make a real difference to Midlothian, making it the ideal place to live, work, visit and study.

During the years, she has been involved in many different community fundraising activities. Catherine recently became a grandmother and spends her spare time with her family, including partner Fraser. She also enjoys travelling and home-baking.

Mrs Julie McDowell, Non-Executive Board Member

In June 2009, Julie McDowell joined the Lothian NHS Board as a Non-Executive Director. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Midlothian Shadow Board for Health and Social Care Partnership. She is also a trustee of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation where she is involved on the Finance and Investment Advisory Committee.

Julie’s professional career has been in law and finance. She is a US Lawyer, admitted to practice in New York and Washington D.C. Julie is also admitted to practice in numerous federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. For 12 years, she led Standard Life Investments’ Sustainable and Responsible Investment Team.

Currently, Julie conducts freelance consulting work. She is a consultant at Armstrong Bonham Carter, a firm that assists Boards of organisations in the UK in the public or private sector, to maximise their effectiveness for their beneficiaries. Julie is also on the Board of Trustees of ASHI, a Scottish charity that aims to provide clean water projects for people in Africa.

Outside of all of her professional commitments Julie enjoys travel, art, music and is a keen golfer.

Mrs Alison Mitchell, Non-Executive Board Member

Alison Mitchell is an experienced management consultant and brings to the Lothian NHS Board significant experience of strategy planning, change management, performance improvement and organisational audit.

She joined the board on 1 August, 2012 as a Non-Executive Director. She currently sits on the Staff Governance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Acute Hospitals Committee. Alison is a strong supporter of and an active participant in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and undertakes regular patient safety walk rounds. In addition, she is a Trustee of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation and sits on the Foundation’s Funds Advisory Committee.

Alison is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CFCIPD).

Previously, Alison worked in the field of Human Resources at senior and board level for over 20 years and has extensive UK and international experience across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, technology and public sectors. At present she is an ACAS arbitrator and a member of the ACAS Central Arbitration Panel. Alison is also a lay member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Mr Peter Murray, Non-Executive Board Member

Peter Murray joined NHS Lothian on the 1st February 2016. Prior to his retirement after 30 years service Peter was working as the Director of Service Transformation, Assistant Chief Fire Officer in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

He worked in the Grampian and Tayside areas before taking up the post of Director of Service Delivery in the East of Scotland following the merger of the eight fire services into the SFRS in April 2013. In previous roles Peter has been responsible for strategic planning, performance management, best value and partnership working.

Peter was previously a member of the Aberdeen College Board of Management. He is married to Fiona, has three children and two grandchildren and enjoys watching football, reading and current affairs.

Mr George Walker, Non-Executive Board Member

George Walker joined the Lothian NHS Board in February 2008. In his role as a Non-Executive Director he chairs the Finance and Resource Committee which deals with aspects of financial governance, capital spending and business cases. He is a member of the Acute Hospitals Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is also on the Project Board for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences as a finance and resource member.

George has a medical science background starting his career in pharmaceutical research running clinical trials for cardiovascular drugs. He then completed his MBA in Business Administration and worked internationally in the Investment Management business in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada and Asia.

His skills include finance, investment and strategic planning which he uses in a number of different non-executive roles. This includes being on the Board for Waverley Care, a charity helping those with blood borne viruses and he is also on various boards for a number of different investment companies.

George thoroughly enjoys travel, completing a transatlantic crossing on a 70 foot yacht last year and regularly visits the South of France. He also has a passion for opera and is a member of Glyndebourne, a globally recognised opera house. He enjoys playing tennis and likes to keep fit.

Carolyn Hirst, Non-Executive Board Member

Carolyn Hirst is an independent consultant who works as a mediator, complaint, reviewer, independent investigator, researcher and coach. She is a former Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and now also works part-time at Queen Margaret University, where she is a lecturer in Ombudsman and Complaint Handling Practice. Previously, Carolyn worked in Social Rented Housing in Scotland for nearly 20 years, latterly as a Deputy Director of a Housing and Care Organisation. She is an experienced Board Member, mostly recently serving as the Senior Non-Executive Director of a large national English Housing Association. Carolyn is a Lay Member of Employment Tribunals (Scotland) and of the Private Rental Housing/Home Owner Housing Panel. She is also the mediation practice supervisor for Edinburgh Cyrenians, and a member of both the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and the Edinburgh Sheriff Court Mediation Panels.

She joined the Lothian NHS Board in August 2015.

John Oates, Non-Executive Board Member

John Oates was appointed to the Lothian NHS Board in 2015. He is the Managing Director of a large social enterprise and charity specialising in working in hard-to-reach communities. He has been directly involved in helping communities develop healthcare solutions for older people. John has a background in training and leadership development and has worked extensively within the third sector. One of his specialisms is in the field of social enterprise development.

Mrs Lynsay Williams, Non-Executive Board Member

Lynsay Williams joined Lothian NHS Board on 1 February 2016. Lynsay is a qualified lawyer with over 15 years' experience gained in major financial institutions and has spent the last 10 years working in a large bank, in both legal and non-legal roles.

In addition to her legal and financial acumen, Lynsay brings a wealth of experience in risk management and supporting significant change programmes.

Dr Richard Williams, Non-Executive Board Member

Dr Richard Williams joined the Lothian NHS Board in 2010 as a Non-Executive Director. He brings extensive knowledge in medical practice having been a GP for 27 years at a practice in Leith.

As a board member, Richard chairs and is a member of a variety of committees.  He is the Chair for the Doctor Support Group, Organ Donation Committee and Vice Chair of the Healthcare Governance Committee. In addition, Richard also takes lead on patient safety walk rounds in primary care, is a member of the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership Scheme and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

In addition to his role on the board, Richard is an elected member of the Scottish General Practitioners Committee. He also Chairs the Lothian Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee and is a member of the Lothian Local Medical Committee. Until recently, Richard was Chair of the GP Representative Committee.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys cycling, golf, spending time with his family and dogs and also has an interest in motorbikes.

Martin Hill, Non-Executive Board Member

Martin Hill is a retired health service senior manager and former Trust Chief Executive and joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in August 2015. He is currently a Member of the Board’s Finance and Resources and Strategic Planning Committees and has recently taken up post as a voting Member of the West Lothian Integration Joint Board.

Other roles include Scottish Secretary of the Institute of Healthcare Management, of which he holds a Companionship, and non-executive Member on the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). He recently completed degree studies with relevance to sustainable development and environmental social sciences.

Martin currently works as a freelance management consultant with particular interests and experience in strategic planning, programme management and executive coaching. He lives in Strathaven, and is married with a grown-up family.

Professor Moira Whyte, Non-Executive Board Member

Professor Moira Whyte joined Lothian NHS Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2016 and represents the University of Edinburgh following her appointment as Head of Edinburgh Medical School.

She is the Sir John Crofton Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University and an Honorary Consultant Physician in NHS Lothian. She continues to undertake the care of patients with lung disease at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

She trained in Medicine in London and undertook a number of training posts at the Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Postgraduate Medical School. She was previously Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Infection and Immunity at the University of Sheffield before moving to Edinburgh in 2014. She was awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to respiratory medicine.

As Head of the Medical School she is responsible for the training of medical undergraduates, with approximately 200 new doctors qualifying each year in Edinburgh. She also leads on postgraduate training of medical academics in Edinburgh and chairs the Clinical Fellowships Panel of the UK’s Medical Research Council.

Moira is married with two sons and a retired greyhound.

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

Lead development of NHS Lothian’s Quality Management System – systems and processes to focus the organisation’s approach to management on quality.
Exec responsible for quality assurance and improvement infrastructure.
Exec lead for strategic quality planning – including NHS Lothian Healthcare Information Strategy, front-line clinical engagement and partnership working across Scottish public sector.
Exec lead for adoption of Realistic Medicine.
Background – Consultant in Nephrology (kidney medicine) in Edinburgh since 2008. Held various regional and national level roles in Quality Management over the last decade.

Last Reviewed: 16/02/2017