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:

John Raine, Chair

John Raine


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.

Jane Davidson, Chief Executive Officer

Jane Davidson

Chief Executive

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 latterly Chief Operating Officer for NHS Borders.

Carol Gillie, Director of Finance

Carol Gillie

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.

Tim Patterson, Director of Public Health (Interim)

Tim Patterson

Interim Director of Public Health

As Scottish Borders Interim Director of Public Health, Tim Patterson holds an innovative joint post as an executive director across both NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council. He has worked for NHS Borders since 2001 as consultant in public health and has considerable experience of the challenges for health improvement, health protection, and service innovation within the area.

Dr Patterson has board level responsibility for the following areas:

  • Health Improvement
  • Health Protection
  • Screening Services
  • Service Improvement
  • Resilience

Claire Pearce

Director of Nursing & Midwifery

Claire is a registered nurse who trained at South Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery in 1986.

She completed her degree in Nursing Studies in 2003 at Napier University and her Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice through Edinburgh University in 2016.

Claire's clinical background is predominantly Cancer and Palliative Care. She was a Ward Sister in the haematology/bone marrow transplant unit at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Since 2005 Claire has held senior nursing roles throughout NHS Lothian providing nursing leadership and management in Cancer & Palliative Care, Critical Care, Clinical Neuro Sciences, Theatres & Anaesthetics and most recently as Associate Nurse Director at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.

Claire had a secondment in 2014 to the Scottish Government where she gave clinical input into Sustainability and Seven Day Services work stream.

Cliff Sharp

Medical Director

Dr Sharp is a Consultant Community Psychiatrist at Huntlyburn House. After a spell in Neurology, he trained in Psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, before undertaking research into the inheritance of major mental illness as MRC Clinical Scientist within the University of Edinburgh's Department of Psychiatry. He became a consultant in 1995, and as College Tutor organised the Borders Basic Specialist Training Scheme in Psychiatry from 1999 to 2005.

Dr Sharp took on the role of Chair of the Clinical Board and Associate Medical Director for NHS Borders in 2003, providing Clinical Leadership to the Mental Health Service and ensuring appropriate and effective management of the services and resources within the Clinical Board, championing Mental Health Services and aiming to maximise clinical care.

June Smyth, Director of Workforce & Planning

June Smyth

Director of Workforce & Planning

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a Business Studies degree, June joined the NHS Scotland Management Training Scheme with placements in Ayrshire.  During 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 Strategic 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 of Planning & Performance, which she held for a number of years.  In June 2011, June became the Interim Director of Workforce & Planning, and was subsequently appointed permanently to the post in 2012.  June’s portfolio includes responsibilities for the Human Resources department, Training & Professional Development, Work & Well Being Services, Planning & Performance (which incorporates Fundraising and Communications) and, from October 2015, IM&T.

June moved to the Borders when she took up her first role with the Health Board and has since had two daughters, both of whom were born at the Borders General Hospital.

John McLaren, Employee Director

John McLaren

Employee Director

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.

David Davidson, Non-Executive Director

David Davidson

Non-Executive Director

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.

Malcolm Dickson

Non-Executive Director

Malcolm Dickson, QPM was educated in the Scottish Borders prior to St Andrews University and then served in Lothian and Borders Police for thirty years in every rank up to Deputy Chief Constable. This included two spells with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary where he scrutinised policing across Scotland and its interaction with other public services, and advised Ministers on policing issues. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services to policing in 2007. After completing his police service, he served for 8 years on the Board of the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration; for six of those years he was Deputy Chair as well as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. For two years up to 2015 he held a similar non-executive directorship on the equivalent body on the island of Guernsey. He is a committee member on two Borders voluntary bodies concerned with conservation, both of which he helped to set up, and is an active member of the Campaign for a Scottish Borders National Park.

Karen Hamilton, Non-Executive Director

Karen Hamilton

Non-Executive Director

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.

Stephen Mather, Non-Executive Director

Stephen Mather

Non-Executive Director

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.

Tris Taylor

Non-Executive Director

Tris Taylor holds executive offices in the music industry, from which he supports unique independent creators and companies to develop, realise and commercialise their visions. Outside music, he has worked in public, private and third sectors across infrastructure, healthcare, media, learning and services. He has particular interest and experience in administrative technology and the involvement of patients and communities in the way services are planned and delivered.

Alison Wilson

Non-Executive Director

Alison Wilson graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BSc in Pharmacy.

After completing pre-registration training in Stirling, Alison had a Research/Clinical Pharmacist post at Hope Hospital, Salford. During this time Alison completed her Masters degree through the University of Manchester.

Alison had a number of posts in hospital pharmacy before moving into Primary Care as a Prescribing Support Pharmacist and progressing to become Assistant Director of Medicines Management at Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust.

Alison joined NHS Borders in 2008 as Director of Pharmacy. She became Chair of Area Pharmaceutical Committee in June 2010 and Chair of the Area Clinical Forum in August 2016. The role of Non Executive Director comes with the ACF Chair's role.

As a Non Executive Director, Alison chairs the Area Drugs & Therapeutic Committee and is a member of the Endowment Fund Board of Trustees, Clinical Governance and Staff Governance committees.

Iris Bishop, Executive Assistant & Board Secretary

Iris Bishop

Board Secretary

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.