The Integration Joint Board for Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of representatives from Clackmannanshire Council, Stirling Council, NHS Forth Valley, Third Sector representatives, service users and carers. The Integration Joint Board*, through its Chief Officer, will have the responsibility for the planning, resourcing and the operational oversight of a wide range of health and social care services.
Introducing the Integration Joint Board Members
Cathie Cowan, NHS Forth Valley
Cathie originally trained as a nurse at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow in the 1980s and worked in a variety of nursing roles before moving to Perth in 1990, initially to take up post as a Clinical Nurse Manager at Perth Royal Infirmary and later as Clinical Services and Business Manager for the former Perth and Kinross NHS Trust. In 1995, she was appointed Director of Nursing, Patient Services and Planning for Kirkcaldy NHS Trust and then Director of Service Development and Capacity Planning for the Fife NHS Board.
Cathie returned to Glasgow in 2005 to take up post as the Director for the new South East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership before moving to Orkney in 2010 as the Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, Cathie also worked at this time as Executive Director at Orkney Islands Council and lead the integration of health and social care services before the appointment of Orkney’s Chief Officer.
Cathie has an MSc in Leadership (Quality Improvement), is a GenerationQ Fellow and a member of the Q Community, whose mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care.
Alex Linkston, NHS Forth Valley
Alex Linkston, Chairman of NHS Forth Valley, is a former Chief Executive of West Lothian Council and under his leadership the Council won many awards for excellent customer service. He was awarded the Quality Scotland’s Leadership Award in 2007.
In 2008 he was awarded a CBE and in 2009 he was the Prince’s Trust Scottish Volunteer of the Year. He is currently Chair of Youth Link Scotland, Vice Chair of West Lothian College and a member of the Scottish Council of the Prince’s Trust.
Fiona Gavine, NHS Forth Valley
Fiona Gavine, NHS Forth Valley Non-Executive Board Member, has 25 years experience in industry and commerce; in finance, operational, business and strategy roles.
Following a brief spell carrying out post-graduate Biochemical research she trained with Touche Ross and Co and became a Chartered Accountant prior to moving back into the science world of ICI PLC and then Astra Zeneca PLC.
She then moved to Compaq Manufacturing PLC carrying out financial and latterly operational roles. Shortly after the merger with Hewlett Packard, Fiona was made Director of a European business unit with specific responsibility for developing their strategy for small and medium enterprises.
Fiona also manages her own consultancy practice (Quest Business Consulting Ltd) and runs One Allan Park, a wellbeing clinic in Stirling. Fiona is also a member of the Integration Joint Board Audit Committee.
John Ford, NHS Forth Valley (Vice Chair)
Mr John Ford, NHS Forth Valley Non-Executive Board Member, has a degree in Economics and is a CIPFA and FCCA qualified accountant with extensive management experience in the public and private sector.
He worked as Director of Finance at Stobhill NHS Trust for 6 years before joining the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as Director of Finance and Corporate Services. John then retired from SEPA in early 2013 and set up his own consultancy company. As well as bringing financial expertise to NHS Forth Valley, John also has experience of implementing transformational change through leading customer focus and simplifying processes, procedures and systems. He also has a wide range of experience in areas such as such procurement, facilities & estates and risk management. John is also a member of the Integration Joint Board Audit Committee.
Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley
Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Public Health and Strategic Planning, is an experienced Senior Public Health Consultant with responsibility for Acute Services and Child Health. He is the NHS Board’s Child Health Commissioner, has a Clinical Lead role for the Diabetes MCN and the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) multi-agency Early Years Collaborative and is also the current Interim Associate Medical Director for Women and Children’s Unit. He is currently a Deputy Faculty Advisor for the Faculty of Public Health and a recent past Chair of the Local BMA Local negotiating Committee.
He has undertaken development in improvement methodologies and been involved in a range of health service improvement projects leading up to the move into the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Mrs Joanne Chisholm, NHS Forth Valley
Mrs Joanne Chisholm is an experienced HR & Organisational Development professional who has held senior management roles in utilities, financial services and the third sector. She currently works as an independent consultant providing advice and support to local organisations, teams and individuals and is also a Non-Executive member of the NHS Forth Valley Board. Residing in Bridge of Allan with her husband and young family, she is keen to play a role in the wider community and use her leadership skills and experience to further improve local health and care services.
Councillor Scott Farmer, Stirling Council (Chair)
Councillor Scott Farmer was born in Edinburgh in 1962. He attended Newbattle Abbey in Dalkeith and graduated from the University of Stirling in Politics, Philosophy, Business Law and Economics.
Councillor Farmer is married with one child and was elected by Election in March 2006.
Councillor Graham Houston, Stirling Council
Councillor Graham Houston was first elected as a Councillor for Bridge of Allan and Dunblane in 2007 and re-elected in 2012 and 2017. He served on the Social Care and Health Committee and sits as a member of the Licensing Board of Stirling Council.
Councillor Houston has been a member of the Scottish National Party since 1966 and has held a variety of posts in the local branch and constituency. He is an experienced, management coach and Non-Executive Director who has worked throughout the private and public sectors.
Prior to setting up his own Consultancy he was the Scottish Director of The Work Foundation (formally The Industrial Society)
In February 2009 Councillor Houston was appointment Chairman of the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).
Councillor Houston was appointed to the Board of the first Scottish Police Authority in October 2012.
He is married with two grown-up children and has lived in Dunblane for over 30 years.
Leisure interests include golf, gardening and reading. He is also an active member of Rotary and an elder in the Church of Scotland. Graham is also a member of the Integration Joint Board Audit Committee.
Councillor Susan McGill, Stirling Council
Councillor Susan McGill was elected as Councillor to Stirling Council in May 2017.
She is a qualified as Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor and has worked in the NHS in various roles for 38 years.
Councillor McGill is delighted to be nominated as Stirling Council representative on the Integration Joint Board and says she is committed to representing the views of members of the community.
Councillor Ellen Forson, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor Ellen Forson has been a Councillor for the Clackmannanshire South ward, which covers the Alloa area, since 2012. She is Clackmannanshire Council’s spokesperson for Health and Social Services and is also a member of the Integration Joint Board’s Audit Committee.
Councillor Dave Clark, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor David Clark has had four careers in his working life. He has been a time served engineer, a social worker, a manager and a local politician. He is passionate about education and has been fortunate enough to study at university gaining seven qualifications across four subjects, with Masters Degrees in management and theology. David is a father of three and has one grandchild.
Councillor Bill Mason, Clackmannanshire Council
Councillor Bill Mason is a retired architect, having worked on general hospital design in Glasgow and Cork in earlier times, and is delighted to represent Clackmannanshire Council on the Integration Joint Board with Stirling Council and NHS Forth Valley.
Non Voting Members
Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley
Ms Angela Wallace has dedicated her nursing career to the NHS in Scotland and brings over 20 years continuous service to her post.
Following extensive critical care charge nurse experience in Glasgow, she moved from her clinical specialist role, gaining her MBA. She quickly progressed through senior nurse posts, which included Senior Nurse Manager across a large medical, intermediate care, rehabilitation and care of older people directorate, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Nursing in NHS Fife. In late 2002, Ms Wallace came to NHS Forth Valley as Interim, and then Director of Nursing within the Acute Operating Division.
She was appointed Nurse Director for NHS Forth Valley in 2004, and is the professional head of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition she has a particular focus on Improving Patient Care, Safety and Experience and the involvement of patients in this work.
Angela is Executive Lead for Spiritual Care with NHS Forth Valley.
In December 2008 Angela was made an Honorary Professor in recognition for the development of Nursing and Midwifery and Improving Patient Experience by Stirling University, Department of Nursing.
Mr Andrew Murray, NHS Forth Valley
Andrew is Medical Director for NHS Forth Valley. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and worked in Scotland and New Zealand until 2001, when he moved to NHS Ayrshire and Arran as a Consultant ENT surgeon, Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and then Medical Director with NHS Borders before taking his current post of Medical Director at NHS Forth Valley.
Andrew is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and has led the redesign of a wide range of medical services. He has also developed and implemented new models of care across community and acute hospitals.
Shiona Strachan (Chief Officer)
Shiona has extensive experience of partnership working across public agencies and the independent and voluntary sectors. Shiona has been responsible for managing, developing and re-designing a wide range of joint community social work and health services. These include multi-disciplinary learning disability services, mental health, sensory impairment, social work and occupational therapy services for children, adults and older people. Shiona previously worked across Stirling and the Forth Valley area for over 20 years. She has also worked in Renfrewshire Council where she was Head of Adult Services before being appointed as the Chief Officer for Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
Dr Scott Williams
Dr Williams has been a General Practitioner in Stirling for 13 years and is the Primary Care Medical representative on the Clackmannanshire & Stirling Integration Joint Board.
Ewan Murray, Chief Finance Officer
Ewan Murray is the Chief Finance Officer for the Integration Joint Board and his role is focussed in supporting effective financial governance and ensuring best value from the use of public resources.
Ewan has over 25 years experience working across various health finance roles within Forth Valley and a wealth of knowledge of community services and partnership working from previous roles including his work as Senior Finance Manager for Community Health Partnerships in NHS Forth Valley. Ewan has specific interests in population based health and care planning and infrastructure development.
Celia Gray, Clackmannanshire Council
Celia Gray is Head of Social Services and Chief Social Work Officer for Clackmannanshire Council. Celia, whose role covers children’s and adult services, was previously senior manager for Corporate Parenting at Glasgow City Council and before that was Senior Manager for Child Protection in Ayrshire. She qualified as a social worker 32 years ago and is the Co-chair of the Foster and Adoption Sub Group of Social Work Scotland.
Marie Valente, Stirling Council
Marie Valente is the Chief Social Work Officer for Stirling Council and provides professional leadership for all social work services within the council. Marie began her career as a social worker in Glasgow where she gained experience working with people affected by drug and alcohol misuse and physical and sexual abuse. She then moved to South Lanarkshire Council where she had a focus on child protection, before going on to work for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde at both Yorkhill Hospital and the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Robert Clark, NHS Forth Valley
Robert began his career in NHS Forth Valley in 1985 working as a relief Plaster Technician and then moved to Theatres as a Theatre Orderly. He then undertook the Operating Department Practitioner course, qualified in 1989, and has worked in Theatres since then.
He has been involved in the Trade Union movement since 1985 and became a Unison steward in 1990. He has also served as Branch Secretary for the Stirling Royal Infirmary and latterly the Forth Valley Health branches of Unison.
Robert is a passionate believer in Partnership Working, fairness and equality and has served on NHS Forth Valley’s Acute Service’s Partnership Forum and the Area Partnership Forum for many years.
He is a strong supporter of the NHS and is committed to doing all he can to preserve this great institution to ensure it can continue to provide care to all, regardless of their income or social background.
Pam Robertson, Clackmannanshire Council
Pam Robertson has worked at Clackmannanshire Council for 22 years in the Revenues Service. She is branch secretary of UNISON, a post she has held for 12 years, and is also secretary of the JTUC in Clackmannanshire.
As branch secretary she manages the day to day running of the branch in Clackmannanshire and attends the majority of negotiation meetings. She has vast experience of partnership working having been involved in the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Council shared services programme since its inception as well as health and social care integration.
Pam lives in Alloa and is married with two children.
Abigail Robertson, Stirling Council
Abigail is the board’s Stirling Joint Trade Union Committee representative. A qualified social worker, she began working for Stirling Council in 1996 after graduating from Northern College in Dundee. She has worked with adults with a wide range of social care needs, including learning disabilities, older people, people with dementia and adults with mental health issues.
Abigail became a trade union rep for Stirling Unison in 2001 and has held a variety of positions within the branch. Since 2007 she has been Vice Chair of Stirling Unison. She is currently Stirling JTUC Secretary.
Abigail has lived in the Stirling area for most of her life.
Unpaid Carer Representatives
Elizabeth Ramsay, Clackmannanshire
Elizabeth Ramsay cared for her mother, who has dementia, for five years, prior to her entering residential care. She also cared for her father.
She is a member of the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre Board and regularly attends a variety of carers meetings and has contact with carers in different circumstances.
Elizabeth, who lives in Alloa, is a retired secondary school teacher and worked for many years at Alva Academy teaching business studies and guidance.
She has a keen interest in the impact any services changes have on Clackmannanshire residents and feels carers have an important contribution to make to the Integration Joint Board.
Shubhanna Hussain-Ahmed, Stirling
Shubhanna has been a carer for a family member since 2010. Prior to taking on her caring role, she worked for over 10 years within research and policy roles in the Third Sector.
Shubhanna is also a parent of two children and is currently studying towards her MSc in Health Psychology.
Service User Representatives
Teresa McNally, Clackmannanshire
Teresa McNally is a retired community health practitioner and a former elected Councillor and Leader. She has also been actively involved in a number of local organisations including the former NHS Forth Valley Primary Care Trust, Forth Valley Health Council, Clackmannanshire Third Sector Steering Group and was a lay assessor with the former Scottish Care Commission for seven years. She was also one of the first Public Partnership Forum Representatives on the Clackmannanshire Community Health Partnership Board. Currently, Teresa is a Board Director of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; a Board Member and Convenor of Customer Services Committee of Ochil View Housing Association and a Lay Advisor for NHS Forth Valley’s Fair for All Development Group. Teresa is committed to ensuring that the voices of local people and service user voices are listened to and their views taken into account when planning and shaping public services. She has lived and worked within Forth Valley since 1980 and is grandmother of eight.
Morag Mason, Stirling
Morag Mason studied Biological Sciences at Glasgow University. She later helped in the family business and became a Community Councillor in Drymen. She was subsequently involved at Federation level in the Scottish Women’s Rural. Her involvement with Forth Valley Health Board began as a member of the Public Patient Panel and she became a public representative on the Project Board for the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital. She then moved to the Community Health Partnership. Morag is keenly interested in the future of Stirling Community Hospital and believes that sharing information in a respectful manner helps people have quality life at home. She is also a great supporter of respite care. Morag believes that joint care services have to be designed to reflect needs and linking with the Third Sector can also help support people. She is strongly committed to the national health service and integration with local authorities to help keep people in their own homes as long as possible. Morag is also a member of the Integration Joint Board Audit Committee.
Third Sector Representatives
Natalie is the Chief Executive of Stirling Voluntary Enterprise (SVE). Through her role, Natalie represents the third sector in Stirling on public bodies and committees such as the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Joint Integration Board, the Community Planning Partnership Leadership group, and the Tackling Poverty and Inequality task group which she co-chairs.
Natalie joined SVE after 10 years of working in voluntary and public sector management, including most recently for NUS Scotland. Her career has focused on enabling groups and communities to engage with decision- makers, have their voices heard and affect change in their own lives.
Outside of work Natalie is a Board Member of Zero Tolerance, a charity dedicated to ending violence against women, and she is an active member of her local school Parent Council. Natalie is also a member of the Integration Joint Board Audit Committee.
Wendy Sharp, Stirling
Wendy Sharp is the manager at Forth Valley Advocacy, a service that is jointly commissioned by all three local authorities and the NHS. Her service works with a wide client group including people over 65 and people with dementia, autism, a learning disability, a mental health issue or an acquired brain injury.
Wendy has worked in the third sector for over 23 years in local and national organisations across Scotland. She was a member of the Community Planning Partnership in Aberdeen City and has been involved at strategic level on a number of issues including Domestic Abuse, Antisocial Behaviour, Adult Support & Protection, Mental Health and Autism.
Paul Mooney, Clackmannanshire
Paul Mooney is the Chief Executive of Addictions Support & Counselling (ASC) – Forth Valley. He qualified as a Social Worker with a M.Sc. in Applied Social Studies from the University of Oxford in 1984 and he has held several senior managerial positions, mostly in the third sector. Paul has worked in Glasgow, Leeds, West Lothian and Midlothian and he has a keen interest in partnership working, the development of third sector interfaces and recovery orientated systems of care.
Anthea Coulter, Clackmannanshire
Anthea is the Chief Officer & Business Manager of Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI). Through her role, Anthea is the voice of the third sector on a number of public bodies and committees such as the Alliance Executive, Vice Chair, Community Justice Partnership and a strategic partner on the Community Wellbeing and Safety Partnership. Anthea also supports the third sector involvement on the Clackmannanshire & Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board.
Anthea has been working in the third sector for over 10 years, following a career in international marketing and copywriting. Most recently she has been Manager of CheckIn Works & Giraffe, based in Perth and Kinross and was Project Leader for Helm Training in Dundee. Her career has particularly focused on developing successful social enterprises and other projects that help empower people through greater inclusion, skills and value, to bring transformational change to their lives. She has worked with young people with severe barriers to work, offenders, young parents, and most recently with people with learning and physical disabilities, and mental ill health.
Anthea is an active member in her community and previously held trustee roles with a community pre-school, parent council, community hall and development trust. She has worked with a wide number of organisations to build resilience through strong business management and enable effective governance, for a sustainable future.
Stewart Carruth, Stirling Council
Stewart Carruth was appointed Chief Executive for Stirling Council in July 2014 and is also currently Strategic Director of the Scottish Cities Alliance. Prior to these appointments, Stewart was Depute Chief Executive at Stirling Council and also held the post of Director of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen City Council for four years where he played a leading role in turning around the Council.
Stewart has also held Senior Management positions with PwC for five years where he worked with a large number of clients from across the public sector. In addition, Stewart previously worked with Learning and Teaching Scotland as Director of Corporate Services and spent three years in Turkey working on a range of projects.
Stewart is also an accredited mediator, enjoys climbing and coaches Rugby at West of Scotland.
Elaine McPherson, Clackmannanshire Council
Elaine, Chief Executive of Clackmannanshire Council, started her career in the private financial sector in investment analysis and then moved into the public sector. She has worked in local government for 27 years in regional, district and unitary authorities. At senior levels, she was a Head of Service in Education and then Head of Strategic Policy before becoming Chief Executive of Clackmannanshire Council in 2011.
Elaine has an Honours degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrew’s and an MBA in Public Sector Management from the University of Stirling.
Lesley graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Management Science and worked in the private sector for a number of years before moving to the NHS in 2004.
After working in a variety of management roles and healthcare settings, Lesley joined the Quality and Efficiency Support Team at the Scottish Government in September 2012 and later took up the role of Interim National Lead for the QuEST Mental Health & Dementia programmes.
Lesley returned to Forth Valley in October 2014 to take up the role of Programme Manager for the Clackmannanshire & Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership and is currently working towards an MBA through the Open University.
Kathy O’Neill is the General Manager for the Community Services Directorate in NHS Forth Valley. Her remit covers primary care and community services (GP Services, community nursing, allied health professionals, mental health and learning disability services).
Kathy started her career as a management trainee, and worked with Greater Glasgow and Dumfries & Galloway Health Boards before joining NHS Forth Valley in 1994. She has worked within mental health services and services for older people. Since 2005, she has been the General Manager, initially for the Clackmannanshire Community Health Partnership and, more the previous Stirling and Falkirk Community Health Partnerships. Kathy also supported the work to establish the two Health and Social Care Partnerships in Forth Valley.
Elaine has worked in the Health Service for over 30 years, firstly as a nurse then midwife and then as a Ward Manager before moving into senior managerial roles. She became General Manager for Medicine and Intermediate Care in 2000 and then General Manager for Surgery before moving to the Health Board in 2006 as Head of Performance. She is now Head of Performance and Governance and works closely with colleagues in the Integrated Joint Boards and Local Authorities to support the integration of health and social care.
*The requirements for voting and non-voting members is set out in the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 and supporting regulations. The voting members consist of three Elected Members from Clackmannanshire Council, 3 Elected Members from Stirling Council, 4 Non Executive Health Board Members and 2 Executive Health Board Members.