Katharina Kasper

Chair of Edinburgh Integration Joint Board

Katharina is a senior risk and compliance professional, with substantial experience acting as a risk subject matter expert and professional adviser. Her core areas of expertise are audit, oversight and assurance, risk management, financial crime prevention and organisational transformation. Katharina is passionate about leading by example, facilitating meaningful organisational change and delivering a lasting positive impact for all stakeholders.

Katharina’s career to date has included a number of senior risk, compliance and transformation roles in the Financial Services (FS) industry, She is an experienced management consultant, advising a wide breadth of UK and EU based financial institutions, including FS regulators. Katharina holds an MA in Business and Law from the University of Edinburgh and a Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management.

Katharina’s interests include travel, photography and arts and crafts.

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Tim Pogson

Vice-chair of Edinburgh Integration Joint Board

Tim Pogson was elected the Labour councillor for the Southside Newington ward at the 2022 council elections. Professionally his whole career has been spent in the social/affordable housing sector, and currently he works for Scotland’s Housing Network, a membership organisation of Scotland’s council housing services and housing associations. He has worked extensively in the fields of older people’s housing and homelessness. Tim is also a Board Member with two voluntary sector organisations, including Housing Options Scotland that provides housing advice to people with disability, older people and veterans. Prior to being elected, Tim was Chair of Southside Community Council and was involved in health and social care provision issues both in the Southside and throughout the city.

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Pat Togher

Chief Officer

Pat took up his position of Chief Officer for the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB) and Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) on 6 November 2023.  Prior to that he had been the Assistant Chief Officer at the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership.

Pat led Glasgow HSCP’s work on public protection and complex needs, supporting the Chief Officer on strategy development, transformation and the management and delivery of Glasgow City HSCP’s Homelessness, Asylum, Emergency Out of Hours Social Work Services, Practice Audit and Criminal Justice Services across the city. Pat also held strategic responsibility for Adult and Child Protection and chaired the Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

Pat began his career in 1998 working in Addiction Services initially in East Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire before starting his management career within a third sector alcohol and drug service. Pat moved to Glasgow in 2003 working in Community Addiction Teams Children’s Services. In 2014 Pat commenced his role as Head of Service in North-East Glasgow, initially holding responsibility for area team Social Work Services before the establishment of Glasgow City HSCP.

Pat graduated from Robert Gordon University with a BA in social work and continued his academic interest with post graduate qualifications from Glasgow, Strathclyde and West of Scotland universities focusing on social work and business management.

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Bridie Ashrowan

Third Sector Representative (Chief Executive, EVOC)

Bridie is Chief Executive of EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council). EVOC, Volunteer Edinburgh and Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network are the three partners in the Third Sector Interface, who work in partnership to support the community and voluntary sector in the city. Bridie has over thirty years’ experience in the community sector, having worked in start-ups, social enterprise and business. Before joining EVOC, she was Chief Executive at Space and Broomhouse Hub where she successfully headed the £3.2 million capital investment programme to open the Hub, a local community development trust in an area that has some of the highest child and in-work poverty in Scotland.

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Philip Allenby

Member of the EIJB

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Heather Cameron

Allied Healthcare Professional Representative

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Euan Davidson

Member of the EIJB

At the 2022 council elections, Euan was elected as the Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Corstorphine/Murrayfield ward. He currently works as a caseworker and researcher for a member of parliament. His professional career has been spent mainly in the social work/care sector. He has had a focus on the rights of children and young people and also learning disabilities.  Previous roles have also included experience working in refugee camps, sexual violence prevention and homelessness.

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Elizabeth Gordon

Member of the EIJB

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George Gordon

Member of the EIJB

George has been a long-term community activist for forty years, founding two community councils and was the first community chair for the Neighbourhood Networks. He has a particular interest in public and community health and was a founding member of two youth groups, namely Granton Youth and Spartans Community Football Academy, the latter he is still a trustee with. He was elected as a councillor for the Forth Ward in 2017 and took on a senior role in the administration and was the spokesperson for disabilities, equalities, and sustainability. He chaired the Edible Edinburgh Partnership, helping to achieve the Sustainable Food Places Bronze and Silver Awards, the Capital City Partnership and the EICC. He then joined the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board and NHS Lothian in 2019 and also co-chaired the North West Local Community Planning Partnership. He also chaired the Green Health Advisory Group for NHS Lothian Charity. As a councillor he held roles in Planning, Finance and Resource and served short terms on numerous other committees.

Having stepped down in 2022 from council, he retained his position on the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board as a voting member for NHS Lothian and retained his position as the chair of the North West Local Community Planning Partnership. He has subsequently taken on roles as the Scottish Regional Chair for Organ and Tissue Donation and joined the Scottish Donation and Transplant Group, which is the advisory group to the Scottish Government. He has also retained his role as the chair of the Green Health Advisory Group for NHS Lothian Charity and re-joined Granton and District Community Council and is now the Secretary. He was also appointed onto the board of West Lothian Integrated Joint Board and has assumed the role of chair of the Audit, Risk, and Governance Committee.

When finding time for leisure activities and interests, he enjoys watching football, rugby, Formula 1, and listening to music, has a keen interest in nature and was a former member of the Lothian and Fife Swan and Goose Study Group and continues to keep updated of politics within Scotland having previously held a number of roles both locally and nationally.

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Ruth Hendery

Carer Representative

I am a carer representative, and a Trustee of Vocal (Voices of Carers across Lothian) since 2020. I am the mother of a young man with complex needs including learning disabilities and autism. I was also, until recently, a carer for my frail, elderly parents.

My professional background is in education, including schools and further education, particularly with children and young people with additional support needs. Until my retirement I worked in Edinburgh’s special school sector. I am currently involved through Vocal, in the planning and delivery of short breaks and assistance funding for carers.

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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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Rose Howley

Chief Social Work Officer

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Peter Knight

Member of the EIJB

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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Allister McKillop

Service User Representative

I started my life as a Bank of Scotland clerk in 1973, retiring after 33 years for what I thought would be a well-earned rest! Boredom set me on a different path.

I joined forces with a few others in creating a local charity, Dementia Friendly Pentlands covering the villages of Juniper Green, Currie and Balerno. We aim to make our communities a safe place for those living with dementia and run a couple of cafes, the most recent The Meeting Place which is open every Monday for those who need it.

My main focus is on health and wellbeing within smaller communities, fighting to get accessible services to the residents who need help the most.

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Claire Miller

Member of the EIJB

Claire Miller is the Green councillor for Edinburgh city centre, where she was first elected in 2017. Her professional background prior to public life was in strategic planning in the private sector. She is a keen campaigner for equalities and wellbeing.

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Max Mitchell

Member of the EIJB

Max was first elected as a Scottish Conservative councillor in 2017 representing the Inverleith Ward in the City of Edinburgh Council. Following his appointment to the IJB in 2022, he chairs the Performance & Delivery Committee.

From 2017-2022, Max was a trustee of Capital Theatres, Honorary Treasurer of the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children, and was a board observer at LifeCare. He is a trustee of Merchant Company Endowments Trust. He has a degree in French and Sociology, and has worked in hospitality, events, and at Holyrood.”

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Vicky Nicolson

Member of the EIJB

Originally from Ayrshire I came to Edinburgh in 1995 as a student. I went on to have my family here and we have spent more than twenty happy years calling Inverleith Ward home. I love spending time with my children, gardening, holidaying in Scotland, being with family and friends, reading widely, enjoying live music and keeping up with politics.  Being both connected with my community and a community connector is important to me.

Until recently, I worked for the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership as a Local Area Co-ordinator.  This involved helping people who experience barriers such as living with a disability or a long term condition to access their communities.  I connected people with their community, helped them to develop supportive networks and live as full and independent lives as they possibly could.  Where gaps were identified in what the community offered, I worked with individuals, communities, and organisations to fill the inevitable gaps.  I have enjoyed my role advising people on welfare rights, helping people navigate the complex systems within the Health and Social Care Partnership, organising respite care and short breaks for unpaid carers and supporting people to find the resources they need.  At the height of the Covid-19 crisis I left my job temporarily and volunteered in a Council run care home, I then went on to manage a Council Home Care team in North West Edinburgh for eight months.

My colleagues within the City of Edinburgh Council and the front line workforce responded to the pandemic with great courage and dedication.  While working in the care home and home care team 2020/21 I was overwhelmed with admiration for the staff teams on the front line as well as in the offices.  The staff kept services running when, at times, it seemed like we were running out of options. The ways in which the City of Edinburgh Council, residents, communities and agencies pulled together and worked through the situations imposed upon them makes me proud to have been part of that journey and makes me certain that I have a contribution to make to the EIJB.

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Moira Pringle

Chief Finance Officer

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Emma Reynish

Registered medical practitioner

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Helen Fitzgerald

Staffside Representation, NHS Lothian

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Robin Balfour

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