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.
John Ford, NHS Forth Valley (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.
Councillor Les Sharp, Clackmannanshire Council (vice-chair)
Les Sharp is one of 18 Elected Members at Clackmannanshire Council. He is a Scottish National Party (SNP) Councillor and represents constituents in the Clackmannanshire West area of the county, covering the villages of Tullibody, Menstrie, Cambus and Glenochil. Les is spokesperson for the Health and Social Services and Vice Chair of People Committee. The Council’s representative on the Board of NHS Forth Valley and the SNP member on the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integrated Joint Board. He is Scottish National Chair of APSE and National Council member. He is a Trustee of Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environmental Trust, Champion for Carers and Board Member of THLI.
When not at work, Les enjoys spending time with his family – he’s married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Cooking, gardening and music are other hobbies which Les enjoys on those rare occasions when he gets a minute to enjoy them. Currently living in Menstrie, Les has been heavily involved with the local Community Council where he was the chair for 10 consecutive years. In his time with the group, he has seen and contributed to many great things which have made the village what it is today.
Councillor Scott Farmer, Stirling Council
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.
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.
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.
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 is committed to representing the views of members of the community.
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.
Stephen is a former senior Police Officer, with extensive experience in leadership, governance and performance management. During his career, Stephen was a Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiator, which allowed him to develop excellent active listening skills and influencing skills. Stephen was the Police Divisional Commander in Forth Valley prior to retiring and as such has a good perspective on the delivery of a unitary service across three local authorities and a firm understanding of the physical and social geography of the area that Forth Valley Health Board covers.
Since leaving Police Scotland, he has built up non-executive board experience in both the voluntary and public sector and as a consultant in mental health improvement and negotiation. Stephen hopes to bring these various strands of his Police career and post police experience to the benefit of Forth Valley Health board and community it serves.
Allan worked as a journalist on a variety of newspapers including the Stirling Observer, and edited the Sunday Mail and Daily Record. Latterly, he was Managing Director of Media Scotland responsible for two national titles, Business Insider magazine, an events division and 17 regional newspapers. As the former head of the nation’s largest publisher, Allan’s brings a wealth of communication and management knowledge to the role. He managed a diverse portfolio of brands with a focus on people, performance and partnership.
Allan also ran campaigns with charities such as CHAS and partnered with the Scottish Government on the Scottish Health Awards. He is looking forward to working with executives and health professionals at a critical time as NHS Forth Valley strives to improve health care services for 288,000 people in central Scotland. Allan is delighted have been appointed as a non-executive Board Member and is keen to support NHS Forth Valley in the deliver of quality, inclusive, care.
Non Voting Members
Annemargaret is the Chief Officer of Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integrated Joint Board. Previously she was the Head of Community Health and Care for the East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership where she was responsible for the full range of integrated adult services including adult support and protection. Annemargaret was also the lead officer the unscheduled care programme and Alcohol and Drugs Partnership. Annemargaret is a registered mental health nurse who has worked in a number front line roles, including the Community Alcohol and Drugs service in Forth Valley. She then developed her career through a number of management and nurse leadership roles including acting as a Lead Nurse Advisor within previous Heads of Service positions.
Annemargaret is passionate about getting it right for people who live in local communities and believes in doing the right thing. She is committed to working with people and partners to help achieve individual choice, control and outcomes. She is an advocate of the Christie Commissions work and believes in working with people to get the best results. Annemargaret loves the outdoors and also likes singing and dancing, just for the fun of it!
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.
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.
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 has been a carer since 2010. Prior to taking on her caring role she had worked for over 10 years in research and policy roles within the third sector across the UK. She is currently the Partnership Development Officer at the Coalition of Carers in Scotland where her role involves supporting staff in third sector organisations and health and social care partnerships with the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act.
Service User Representatives
Helen Macguire, Clackmannanshire
Helen Macguire taught Business and Computing Studies at Clackmannan College.
She became a member of the Forth Valley Health Council in 2000 and then the Scottish Health Council’s Local Advisory Committee. She was a lay assessor for several years with Quality Improvement Scotland (now Health Improvement Scotland), and the Royal College of General Practitioners. She has also been a lay member on the Scottish Trauma Audit Group.
A Clackmannanshire Public Partnership Forum representative she was on the Project Board for the new Clackmannanshire Community Health Centre. For the past 3 years she has been the Clackmannanshire service user representative on the Clackmannanshire & Stirling Integrated Joint Board’s Strategic Planning Group. As chair of NHS Forth Valley’s Patient Public Panel Helen represents patients and public on several committees and groups including the Board’s Clinical Governance Committee and the Pharmacy Practices Committee.
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 Masterson, Stirling
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 effect 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.
Janine Rennie, Stirling
Janine Rennie has been Chief Executive of Wellbeing Scotland for almost 12 years. She has worked in the field of substance misuse, mental health, disability, children and young people and overseas development. She is a qualified/ experienced counsellor and supervisor but also has qualifications in business and is an FCCA qualified accountant.
Janine started counselling people with disabilities and life limiting conditions 26 years ago. She worked on development of a volunteer centre and has devised a large number of successful service models including the In Care Survivors Service Scotland, and a national prison service for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She also worked closely with Kaye Hills from Clackmannanshire Council on devising a Wellbeing Workers Project. Janine is Co-Convenor on the Cross Party Group for Survivors of Childhood Abuse.
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.
Carol Beattie, Stirling Council
Carol was appointed to the post of Chief Executive for Stirling Council on 7th March 2019
Carol joined Stirling Council in 2014 as a Senior Manager for Economic Development, and was appointed Director of Children, Communities and Enterprise in May 2017 before stepping up to the role of Interim Chief Executive in August 2018 following a four month term as Depute Chief Executive. In her role as Senior Manager for Economic Development and Regeneration, Carol had responsibility for expanding Stirling’s economy to secure its place as a strong contender for global investment. She focussed on creating new employment and regeneration opportunities through place development, business sector growth and inward investment.
Having worked within an international context in both the private and public sector for 20 years, Carol has developed specialist knowledge in developing international trade and foreign direct investment. She has a particular interest in growing trade skills development and the global reach Scottish businesses, which was acknowledged when she became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Export. She has overseen a number of ambitious new projects and initiatives that include delivering best in class visitor experiences in heritage and urban tourism and working with technology businesses to support investment in innovation.
Nikki Bridle, Clackmannanshire Council
Nikki is the Chief Executive , Clackmannanshire Council, a highly committed senior manager with 30 years of public sector experience in Scotland and England. She seeks to promote a strong focus on raising ambition, sustainability and creativity within the sector for the benefit of our communities.
Nikki is a professionally qualified accountant and experienced auditor and inspector. She has worked for a range of public sector bodies including a County Council, two unitary councils, a leading accountancy firm and held senior roles within scrutiny bodies in both Scotland and England. Most of the roles Nikki has held have had a strong focus on driving improvement and whilst working in the public and private sectors, Nikki has delivered significant levels of consultancy/ value added work across a range of public sector clients including councils, the NHS, Higher and Further Education establishments, Police and Fire.
With a strong results focus, Nikki has delivered significant results ranging from a 34% reduction in the level of planned Scrutiny activity across all Scottish councils in 2010, to approximately £43 million of budget savings, £15m of cash savings and a £33m reduction in the level of debt since 2011 at Clackmannanshire Council. Nikki has provided leadership of a range of significant change programmes whilst sustaining the delivery of a portfolio of high performing services. She has expertise in respect of the operation and improvement of strategic partnership arrangements and continues to promote collaborative and innovative approaches to public service delivery for instance in respect of the City Region Deal and Regional Economic Strategy in her current role.
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.