Information about our Board Members
NHS Borders is managed by a Board of Non-Executive and Executive Directors. The Board is accountable to the Scottish Government through the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
Current Board members are as follows:
Jane Davidson has worked as a senior manager in the NHS in Scotland since 1993. She began her career in Lanarkshire, moving to the State Hospitals Board for Scotland where she held the post of Director of Finance
Jane has worked with the Scottish Government as Deputy Director of Health Finance. She led the modernisation and integration of the health finance division of the Scottish Government Health Directorates with responsibility for the development and implementation of the financial planning strategy and the financial performance management of NHS Boards. Jane's previous roles were Director of Finance and laterally Chief Operating Officer for NHS Borders.
Dr Eric Baijal
Director of Public Health
As Scottish Borders Director of Public Health, Eric Baijal holds an innovative joint post as an executive director across both NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council. He has considerable experience of the challenges for health improvement, health protection, and service innovation in rural communities from working in areas such as Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Dr Baijal’s previous post was Director of Public Health and Health Policy in NHS Highland and he is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of a number of national committees and is also a National Assessor for the Faculty of Public Health.
Dr Baijal is responsible for the following areas:
- Health Improvement
- Health Protection
- Service Improvement
- Occupational Health
He also is the Executive Lead for Equality and Diversity and chairs the Borders Drug & Alcohol Partnership.
Pat worked in East Lothian Social Work Department for twenty five years and was Head of Community Care from 2000 until her retirement in 2004. She was responsible for the strategic and operational management of all care services purchased and provided by the Council, working closely with NHS colleagues. Pat also assumed responsibility for the delivery of criminal justice services in the county.
Pat lives in Berwickshire and is a volunteer and committee member with Berwickshire Branch of Riding for the Disabled.
As a Non-executive Director, Pat is a member of the Endowment, Community Health & Care Partnership, Fundraising, Staff Governance, Public Governance and the Strategic Corporate Parenting Group Committees.
John Raine has held non-executive positions with the NHS, including chairmanships, since 1998. In a 25 year local government career he was, for nine years, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Council. He was appointed Chairman of the Hearing Aid Council, a government regulatory body, from 1997 to 2003 and served six years as Chair of Derbyshire Probation Board and represented boards nationally for three years as the elected Chairman of the Probation Boards` Association for England and Wales.
In the voluntary sector, John chaired for seven years the Derbyshire Association for Blind People and also a charity providing residential outdoor activities for young people. He was appointed to the Board of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital in 1998 and was acting chairman before being appointed chairman of NHS Derbyshire County.
After moving to Scottish Borders, John was appointed by Scottish Borders Council as independent chair for child protection. In an earlier career in journalism John worked for daily and evening newspapers and, as a freelance agency reporter, for national media. He moved from journalism to public relations in industry prior to his local government career.
Director of Workforce & Planning
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a Business Studies degree, June joined the NHS Management Training Scheme with placements in Ayrshire. At this time she completed her Masters in Healthcare Management through Stirling University. Following this, she worked in Argyll and Clyde Health Board, first in the Organisational Performance Department and then in the Planning Team. She left Argyll and Clyde to work in the voluntary sector for a number of years, before returning to the NHS in 2004 when she joined NHS Borders.
June’s first role in NHS Borders was as Assistant Director Planning & Performance. In 2011 June became the Interim Director for Workforce & Planning, and was subsequently appointed permanently to the post in 2012. June is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Scottish Council member of the Institute of Healthcare Management.
Director of Finance
Carol is qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. She began her career in the NHS in 1984 as a National Finance Trainee under the national NHS training scheme.
Carol joined the NHS in the Borders in 1987 and has worked in a range of finance roles both at the Board and in the former community and primary care organisations.
In her previous role with NHS Borders, Carol was the Deputy Director of Finance with responsibility for financial planning, forecasting and reporting.
Carol is responsible for all financial services.
Sheena was a GP principal for 22 years, and has been involved in medical management and clinical leadership for the last ten years.
She was seconded to the Scottish Government in 2010 -2012 as medical adviser and continues as a part time UK negotiator for the GP contract in addition to her role in NHS Borders as Medical Director.
Iris has had a varied career working in both the public and private sectors. She began her career working for the Electrical Electronic Telecommunications & Plumbing Union as a Junior Secretary. Three years later she was appointed as Diary Secretary within the Office of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State/Minister for Aviation and Shipping, Transport Spokesman in the House of Lords, and Second Treasury Spokesman in the House of Lords where she honed her organisational and communications skills. She then gained valuable insight into the world of corporate business when she began working for the General Counsel and Company Secretary of PowerGen plc.
In 2001 she moved to the Scottish Borders where she has been responsible for the day to day management of the Chief Executive, Chairman and Board of NHS Borders since its inception.
Karen McNicoll is the Chair of the Area Clinical Forum which carries Non Executive Director responsibility. As part of this role she also is Chair of the Area Drug & Therapeutic Committee and is a member of the Clinical Governance and Endowment Committees. Karen has a background as an Allied Health Professional having worked in a variety of clinical and leadership roles in NHS, Local Authority and the Voluntary Sector. Karen has held Head of Service roles in Performance & Planning, Communication & Public Involvement and Clinical Governance & Quality.
Her role currently is Associate Director of Allied Health Professionals a joint post between NHS Borders & Scottish Borders Council. She is also a visiting lecturer to under and postgraduate university students on health & social policy, quality and leadership at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.
Non Executive Director
Doreen has 25 years experience in the NHS and Local Government as a Chief Executive, Director of Human Resources, Director of Learning and Development and Chair of Stow College of Further Education. She is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a member of the Institute of Directors and of the IHM. Educated and trained in group and family therapy she practised in the USA.
Doreen currently has a share in two small businesses in the Borders, manages the HR of a local award winning accountancy firm, is an independent Human Resources and strategic Planning Consultant, a Director of a Registered Social Landlord and a non executive director of a social care partnership.
As a Non-executive Director, Doreen is Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Public Governance and Chair of the Pharmacy Practices Committee. She is also a member of the Audit Committee, the Fund Raising Committee, the Endowment Committee and is Vice Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee.
Evelyn joined the NHS in 1980 and has held senior clincial leadership positions within Community, Medical, Obstetric, Mental Health, Oncological, Paediatric and Surgical services. During that time she completed her masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change and has led the extensive modernisation and improvement of services.
She cares passionately about the quality of care which we deliver to patients.
Since joining NHS Borders she has led the continuing quest for delivering world leading quality by building on the significant achievements already made improving person-centred safe and effective care.
Dr Stephen Mather qualified as a doctor in 1977 from Dundee University and, after full registration with the GMC, he spent time as a General Practitioner in Norfolk. He then retrained in anaesthesia and was a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management at Warwick Hospital. For ten years, he was a Justice of the Peace in Warwickshire and also served as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Warwickshire. In later years, he was the Medical Director of Warwick Hospital and was part of the team which led the Trust to a successful application for Foundation status. Having held a number of managerial posts whilst a consultant, included BMA local negotiating committee chairman, he has experience of service redesign, change management and an Executive Board role as well as negotiation skills to bring to the post.
David Davidson has spent his professional life in pharmacy, business, farming and politics. He has a special interest accessible health care delivery and a keen understanding of efficiency and affordability as key factors in the modern NHS. David also has a great interest in the management of chronic and long term conditions, mental health, health promotion and in the effective coordination of all of the agencies involved in care so that the patient is kept at the centre of all focus.
In his capacity as a Non Executive Director David is Chair of the Audit Committee, is a member of the Community Health and Care Partnership, the Clinical Governance Committee, the Endowment Committee and also Chairs the Spiritual Care and Resilience Committees. He also regularly attends the Primary and Community Services Clinical Board and its Governance Group.
John McLaren is Employee Director of the Area Partnership forum, the strategic body where staff-side representatives and managers work together.
John is registered Health Visitor, and has worked for NHS Borders since 1997 and served as a trade union representative since 1998. John has been employed in the Health Service since 1986. He represents all staff in NHS Borders.
Mrs Karen Hamilton has 25 years of experience in Adult Care and Social Work, beginning as a Home Carer, then Co-ordinator, followed by a Diploma in Social Work Training from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen. Since then she has had a varied career progressing to Senior Management positions with both Moray and Highland Councils culminating in Head of Service for Care at Home Development with Highland. Karen has also achieved Post Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Social Work Practice Teaching. Since ‘retiring’ Karen has been actively involved in Community Council matters and a member of NHS Moray and Borders Patient/Public Forums. Karen’s career has given her particular insight into the sometimes fragile links between being cared for at home and in hospital, the structures in place and the tensions that can limit seamless care.
Following a successful career in hotel management and the tourism industry, Catriona was elected to Scottish Borders Council (SBC) in 2003 representing Peebles East. In 2007 Catriona was re-elected for the larger ward of Tweeddale West, and appointed as SBC’s Executive Member for Education, where she was responsible for a budget of over £90million and introduced radical reforms in schools and central education services to reduce management tiers in order to protect school budgets.
Following the 2012 Council elections Catriona was appointed as SBC’s representative on the board of NHS Borders, and is also Deputy Leader of the Council. She has a keen interest in Public Health issues and in achieving even closer working between SBC and NHS Borders, particularly with regard to the integration of Health and Social Care.
Catriona chairs the Community Health and Care Partnership, and is also a member of the Public Governance Committee and the Endowment Committee.