Non Executive members


Stewart MacKinnon

Interim Chair



Mr MacKinnon is a strategic management consultant and visiting Professor in Accounting and Finance at Strathclyde Business School. He has an excellent record of professional success, including significant experience as an Executive and Non-Executive Director in complex organisations. He was formally the Chief Executive of the European Payments Council and of the Irish Payments Services Organisation Ltd. He holds a BA (Economics) degree and a Master of Business studies degree in Strategic Management, with First Class Honours, and is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and the Chartered Management Institute. Mr MacKinnon does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.





Maire Whitehead

Mrs Whitehead has been a member since July 2009. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the University of Strathclyde and was formerly the Chair of “Friends of Victoria Infirmary” pressure group. With experience as a Head Teacher for 26 years, she was also previously an Independent Assessor for the Public Appointments. Mrs Whitehead is also currently a lay assessor for NHS Education for Scotland and a Non Executive Member for the State Hospital at Carstairs. 






Jack Rae

Mr Rae has been a member since July 2009. He recently retired as Professor and Dean of the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery at the University of the West of Scotland, where he preserved and promoted strong links with the National Health Service locally and nationally. A nurse by profession, he worked within the NHS until 1996, latterly in Nurse Education, before transferring to the Higher Education sector in 1996. He has been a Non Executive Director of NHS 24 since 1 April 2014 and is also a Tustee of Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock.





philip_cox.jpgPhilip Cox

Mr Cox has been a member since 1 October 2011. He has completed over 30 years of service with the Royal Air Force (RAF), where he started his professional training as a Fighter Controller. He has undertaken a wide variety of demanding command duties including acting as the Chief Executive and Station Commander of a vital defence capability and has also seen service in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Phil has more recently served in a number of influential posts within the Ministry of Defence and UK government, developing strategies to deliver a wide range of long term initiatives and structures. Mr Cox does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.




kay_harriman.jpgKay Harriman

Miss Harriman has been a member since 1 October 2011. She is an accomplished senior executive and pension trustee with over 20 years experience working in large international, complex, fast moving and customer-focussed organisations – she is currently in the role of Human Resources Director UK & Ireland at Hilton Worldwide. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). Kay’s expertise in dealing with organisational change as well as the human resource side of new hotel openings, acquisitions and conversions is complemented by a strong track record in people management. Miss Harriman does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.




mark_macgregor.jpgMark MacGregor


Dr MacGregor has been a member since 1 October 2011. He is a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist at University Hospital Crosshouse, and Associate Medical Director for the Division of Surgery in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Glasgow University, with research interests in the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease. He is a Health Foundation GenerationQ fellow focussed on quality improvement, leadership and approaches to improve patient-centredness. His main clinical interest is chronic kidney disease. He was previously a Senior Medical Officer in the Scottish Government Health Directorates, advising on the implementation of medical appraisal and revalidation. Dr MacGregor does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.



jane_christie.jpgJane Christie

Employee Director

Jane has been Employee Director of the NHS National Waiting Times Centre since July 2010, and has the same corporate responsibility as all of our other Non-Executive Directors. In addition she plays a key role in:

  • providing a staff perspective on strategy development and service delivery issues considered by the Board; 
  • acting as a focal point for staff from across the organisation who wish to contribute to the business of the Board; 
  • explaining the work of the Board and promoting opportunities for staff to be involved in decision-making; 
  • reflecting the views of Partnership Forum on the performance of employers within the Board in discharging their staff governance responsibilities; and 
  • championing partnership working and providing a vital link between the NHS Board and the Partnership Forum.


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