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Angus McCann

Chair of Edinburgh Integration Joint Board

Angus McCann was appointed to the NHS Lothian Board in September 2017. He worked for IBM between 1988 and 2018, latterly specialising in the use of IT in the healthcare industry. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Healthcare Informatics and Public Health.

Angus was a citizen member of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board from 2014 until 2017 when he became a voting member. He a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Chartered IT Professional. His interests include technology, music and travel.

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Ricky Henderson

Vice Chair of Edinburgh Integration Joint Board

Ricky Henderson has been an elected member of City of Edinburgh Council for more than 20 years and currently represents the Pentland Hills ward in the south west of the city. He has been the Council’s lead for health and social care services since 2012 and has therefore travelled the Integration journey for some time… Currently Vice Chair of the Edinburgh IJB, he also chairs the Board’s Strategic Planning Group. He is a keen supporter of partnership working and tackling health inequalities. In addition to his IJB and Council roles Ricky is a lay trade union official and member of the Employment Tribunals service.

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Richard Williams

Member of the EIJB

I joined the Board in 2018 as a lay person Non Executive Director, having previously been the GP Stakeholder non exec director from 2010 to 2018. I no longer chair the acute hospitals committee. I was a GP in leith for 32 years, and was a member of Lothian Local Medical Committee for 20 years, and chair for 8. I now chair the EIJB Clinical and Care Governance Committee.

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Phil Doggart

Member of the EIJB

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Mike Ash

Member of the EIJB

Michael Ash joined the Lothian NHS Board in August 2012. He currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and the Charitable Funds Committee of the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation. He is a member of Edinburgh Integration Joint Board, where he is leading the work on commissioning mental health services. Michael has over 50 years’ experience in the public sector working in various roles. He was a Non-Executive Director of a mental health and learning disabilities trust in England for 11 years. Since living in Scotland, he has served 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 and continues to represent Scotland at international events..

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Melanie Main

Member of the EIJB

Councillor Melanie Main is the Scottish Green Party Spokesperson for Health and Social Care and for Governance and Audit.  On the EIJB, she chairs the Quality and Performance Committee and is a member of the Futures Committee.  She is a member of Edinburgh’s Deprivation Interest Group.

After graduating in accountancy from Edinburgh University, Melanie, worked in the West End,  London and then began a career in what was then very political ‘Alternative Comedy’.  She produced ‘probably London’s most influential Comedy Club’ according to The Guardian, worked for BBC Radio one and was a regular promoter at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Melanie returned to live in Scotland and turned to politics,  working for the Green group of MSPS in the Scottish Parliament.  She was first elected to Edinburgh Council as Green Party Councillor for Morningside in May 2012.

Melanie  is proud to be a founding member and the first Chair of Dig-in, Bruntsfield’s Community owned cooperative Greengrocer and is on the Board of Capital Theatres.

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Martin Hill

Member of the EIJB

Martin Hill is a retired health service senior manager and former Trust Chief Executive and joined the NHS Lothian Board as a Non-executive Director in August 2015. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Board, serves as Chair of the Board’s Finance and Resources committee and is a Member of both the Edinburgh and the West Lothian Integration Joint Boards.

Martin is also a 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 and, in his previous career, was awarded Companionship of the Institute of Healthcare Management.

Martin recently retired from his work as a freelance management consultant with interests and experience in strategic planning, programme management and executive coaching. He lives in Strathaven and is married with a grown-up family.

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George Gordon

Member of the EIJB

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Peter Murray

Member of the EIJB

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.

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Robert Aldridge

Member of the EIJB

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Judith Proctor

Chief Officer

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Moira Pringle

Chief Finance Officer

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Jackie Irvine

Chief Social Work Officer

Jackie Irvine is the Head of Safer and Stronger Communities and the Chief Social Work Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council. Jackie has worked in social work services for 31 years having qualified in 1989.

Jackie has predominantly worked in children’s services however has spent time working as a Child Protection inspector for HMIE and has spent time working in planning and performance for a large council area as well as within an integrated health and social care partnership. Prior coming to Edinburgh Jackie was the Head of Children’s Community Health and Care Services, and Criminal Justice and the CSWO in West Dunbartonshire within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

In her current role Jackie is responsible for the delivery of Criminal Justice Social Work Services, Homelessness, Family and Household Support Services, Chair of the Multi- Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Strategic oversight Group for Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders and Chair of the Child Protection Committee. Jackie is a non-voting member of the IJB and acts as an advisor in respect of the delivery of social work services within the HSCP. Jackie is also a member of the Clinical and Care Governance Committee.

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Ian McKay

Medical Director

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Jacqui Macrae

Chief Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1982. Since then, I have gained a range of experience within the NHS, hospice, care home and housing sectors and with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. I have a MSc in Human Resource Management and  am currently undertaking a Clinical Doctorate in Nursing at Stirling University. I took up post as interim Chief Nurse in August 2019.

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Carl Bickler

Chair of the Professional Advisory Group

Carl graduated in 1980 from Edinburgh University and has been a GP partner in Craigmillar since 1985. The practice is situated in one of the most deprived communities and has grown into a 7 partner training practice, recognised as a forward thinking , innovative and dynamic practice .

Carl has a wide range of experience within clinical leadership , having been clinical lead for in Lothian’s Heart Disease Managed Clinical Network and Clinical Lead for Edinburgh’s House of Care. He continues to be EHSCP Clinical Lead for Long term Conditions /Multiple Morbidity. He is the Lead GP for Edinburgh South East Locality and Edinburgh’s HSCP representative on the Lothian GP subcommittee and Local Medical Committee .

His interest in health inequalities and deprivation led to leadership in the development of the Primary Care Alcohol and Substance Misuse Facilitation Team , the clinical protocol for the GP management of drug users via the enhanced service, now delivered in virtually all Edinburgh practices, and the setting up of Lothian’s Deprivation Interest Group , a forerunner of the Scotland wide Deep End organisation.

As co-chair of the EHSCP Professional Advisory Group , he is a non voting member of the IJB.

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Colin Beck

Co-chair of the Professional Advisory Group

Helping people have a better life is our core business. I qualified as a social worker in Edinburgh in 1981 and then practised a generic worker in Shotts for four years, I moved to London to complete a Post Graduate Mental Health Training at the Maudsley Hospital and on return I was employed by Lothian Regional Council as Divisional Mental Health Officer for East and Midlothian.

I moved on to work as a full time Practice Teacher at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and then South West District. Since then I have been in a series of management roles, managing services across all adult client groups and all service areas. As a social worker, MHO, trainer and manager I believe that everything we do should be underpinned by “ will it make a difference for the people”.

In my role as Strategy and Quality Manager for Mental Health and Substance Misuse I hope to contribute to service planning and delivery which; involves people who use services, promotes integrated locality working and constantly improves outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

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Andrew Coull

Clinical Lead HBCCC of Elderly

Andrew is Lothian Associate Medical Director for Older People and Stroke Services. He graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1993 and trained in Edinburgh, Oxford and Australia and completed a MD in Stroke Medicine. In 2004 he was appointed to NHS Lothian as a Consultant Physician in Medicine of the Elderly and General Medicine.

He was Clinical Director of Acute and General Medicine and Medicine of the Elderly at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and was appointed to his current post as Associate Medical Director in 2015 and Clinical Lead for Older People with Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership in 2019. Andrew continues to work clinically contributing to general unselected acute medical receiving and regular input the front door service specifically for older people at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

He provides a regular commitment to the acute stroke service that provides expert advice to the region. He has a weekly specialist clinics for older people and supports the Edinburgh Acute Care at Home service. He also works with Primary Care to deliver polypharmacy reviews for residents in Edinburgh care homes. Andrew has led on the redesign of a wide range of medical services. He has also developed and implemented new models of care across community and acute hospitals.

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Kirsten Hey

Staffside Representation, City of Edinburgh Council

Kirsten Hey is an occupational therapist and UNISON steward. Occupational therapists are one of very few professions to routinely work in both health and social care settings and Kirsten believes they have a huge amount to offer in improving health and wellbeing and encouraging independence.

She tries to advocate for the profession as much as possible. Kirsten worked in the NHS in England and Scotland for the first eight years of her career, and has worked for the City of Edinburgh Council since 2000. She is involved in OT student education, both as an occasional guest lecturer, and as a fieldwork education supervisor.

She has been a steward for almost all of her career and strongly believes in the importance of trade unions to support, protect and represent the workforce. She was involved in the Joint Future work of previous years and is committed to making integration a success. Outside work, Kirsten enjoys reading, baking, cats, and has made good use of community physiotherapy services after deciding to learn to swim butterfly.

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Helen Fitzgerald

Staffside Representation, NHS Lothian

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Christine Farquhar

Carer Representative

Christine has been a family carer for over 30 years. She retired recently after 15 years as a Trustee of  VOCAL and was Chair of Upmo’s Board for 10 years.  She is a member of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, the Carers Trust UK, and the Cross Party Carers Group in the Scottish Parliament. She recently worked as a carer advisor for the Scottish Government’s Independent Living Fund Scotland’s co-design of their Transition Fund

Christine retired as a Principal Investigator/Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology in 2012. A University of Edinburgh graduate she worked on autoimmune diseases prior to joining the Animal Disease Studies Group at King’s Buildings. This became the BBSRC and MRC Neuropathogenesis Unit in 1980, and latterly part of the Roslin Institute. Her research was on neurodegenerative diseases, in particular the human and animal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs, syn. prion diseases eg BSE and CJD).

Christine has worked with colleagues in the National CJD Surveillance Unit, the Department of Clinical Neurology, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, the University of Strathclyde and scientific, veterinary and clinical colleagues in Scotland, the UK and worldwide.

For 15 years she was an Expert Advisor to the Biologicals subcommittee of the Committee of Safety in Medicines/Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, Gov. UK.

Christine was a member of the City of Edinburgh Council’s core group on Self Directed Support and served for a year on the CHP before taking up her appointment to the EIJB in May 2014.  Her interests are sailing, theatre,  reading and family.

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Ella Simpson

Chief Executive, EVOC

I joined EVOC in September 2009 bringing experience of working with adults and children who have additional support needs, community development, social policy development and, importantly, partnership working.  I am absolutely committed to finding sustainable solutions for people and shaping systems to enable this to happen. The work we do at EVOC is all about working together and that has always been my ethos – the net result is I find the work at EVOC exciting, challenging and never ending.

As well as working in the Third Sector I have a long history of volunteering.  I have been a Trustee for a number of voluntary organisations – grant making and addressing discrimination – always with the core theme of supporting social justice.  My current commitments include Director, STAND International working with Scottish people who are marginalised and from disadvantaged communities to volunteer abroad.

As Chief Executive at EVOC I believe my job is about making connections, showcasing best practice and working together honestly with all sectors to improve the lives of everyone living in Edinburgh.

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