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

Miss Tracey Gillies, Medical Director

Miss Gillies, who is a general surgeon, took up the Medical Director’s post on 1st February 2017. Tracey spent a significant part of her career at NHS Lothian, before joining NHS Forth Valley in 2014.

In her role as Medical Director, Tracey will be responsible for providing professional advice to the board and leadership to medical professionals, pharmacists, healthcare scientists and occupational health and safety staff across the Lothians.

She will also be the Lead Director for medical workforce planning and the education and training of doctors to secure high quality teaching and training in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Medical School and NHS Education Scotland.

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.

Miss 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 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.

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.

Ms 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.

Mr 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 30 years at a practice in Leith.
As a board member, Richard chairs and is a member of a number of committees. He is the Chair for the Healthcare Governance Committee, Doctor Support Group, and Organ Donation Committee.
In addition, Richard is an NHS Board representative on the Integrated Joint Board of the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and also takes a lead on patient safety walk rounds in primary care.

He has recently stepped down from the Local Medical Committee and GP sub-committee of the Area Medical Committee, of which he was an elected representative for 20 years, and previously chaired.

Mr 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.

Professor Tracy Humphrey, Non Executive Board Member

Professor Tracy Humphrey studied for her undergraduate degree in Midwifery at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Since then she has had a successful clinical academic career working in a range of settings in a variety of senior clinical, management, educational and research roles across the North of Scotland.

After completing her MSc in Midwifery at the University of Aberdeen in 2003, she applied for a PhD studentship with the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Training Scheme.

This was a flagship Scottish Government initiative to increase the research capacity amongst these professional groups. After a competitive process, she was the only midwife to be awarded a funded studentship and she went onto successfully complete her PhD in 2007, whilst continuing to work clinically in practice.

As a Consultant Midwife, she has a track record of influencing and implementing national maternal and neonatal policies in Scotland through her research, practice and role as a government advisor.

Her areas of research and publications are on reducing unnecessary interventions during childbirth and improving outcomes for women and families in remote and rural areas through educational and service improvement initiatives.

Internationally she is known for her work with Ministries of Health in developing and middle income countries where there are high rates of maternal and newborn mortality. This has led to the introduction of accelerated direct entry midwifery programmes of education and midwife led pathways of care that have had a demonstrable impact on skilled birth attendance rates and quality of care.

In April 2015, she was appointed as Dean of School for Health & Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University. This is one of the largest providers of health education in the UK that provides all fields of nurse education and midwifery at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Mr Angus McCann, Non Executive Board Member

Angus McCann was appointed to the NHS Lothian Board in September 2017. He has worked for a global information technology firm since 1988 and has specialised in the use of IT in the healthcare industry since 2008.
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. He is the secretary of the Health & Care Scotland subsection of the British Computer Society (BCS), is a Fellow of the BCS and a Chartered IT Professional. His interests include technology, music and travel.

Councillor John McGinty, Non Executive Board Member

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Councillor Fiona O'Donnell, Non Executive Board Member

Fiona is the Health and Social Care Spokesperson for East Lothian Council, and was the MP for East Lothian 2010-15. Fiona has managed respite, residential and community services for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

She has also worked for a children’s charity supporting children to remain in mainstream education, and in housing support for people with mental health problems. She is passionate about tackling poverty and inequalities.

Councillor Derek Milligan, Non Executive Board Member

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Mr Martin Connor, Non Executive Board Member

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The following executive/corporate directors attend the board meetings but are not formal board members:

Mr Jim Crombie, Deputy Chief Executive

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.

Mrs Janis Butler, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Janis Butler was appointed as Interim Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development on 1st September 2016. She is responsible for the executive leadership of the Boards Human Resources and Organisational Development function.

With over 28 years experience in the health service, Janis joined the NHS as a Area Management Trainee with Lothian Health Board in 1988. On completion of her training she took up her first substantive HR post with the Common Services Agency and returned to Lothian in 1994 as an HR Manager for the Western General Hospitals NHS Trust. Janis has worked at Board, Trust and hospital level in a variety of HR positions. Prior to taking up post as Interim Director, Janis was Associate Director of HR responsible for leading and managing a range of operational and expert HR functions, including Recruitment, Employee Relations and Organisational Development.

Janis enjoys travel, walking, relaxing in the Scottish Borders and spending time with her family.

Last Reviewed: 27/10/2017