Non Executive members


Susan Douglas-Scott CBE

Susan has been Chair since 4 April 2018.


For the past eight years, Susan has followed a diverse portfolio career as a freelance consultant in equalities, health, disability and social care; as a non-executive director of a NHS Education for Scotland; as the chair of the Independent Living Fund Scotland; and as a popular humanist celebrant. 

This followed on from her 18-year career in local authorities and non-Government Organisations in the field of disability and health, including the CEO of PHACE Scotland, Epilepsy Scotland and the Health and Social Care Alliance.  Susan has also served on the boards of a variety of third sector organisations, most recently as a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability, where she was vice chair and latterly interim chair.  She served for seven years and once her term ended in 2016, she was given the honorary role of Vice President.  

In all her roles, Susan uses her skills as a committed people person, holding strong foundations in supporting people to live their lives in a positive way. With over two decades in leadership of organisations Susan has given her experience and insight into how strategy and focussing on people can bring about effective change. Susan has a keen eye for organisational development and through that lens, guides organisations to deliver services that make a real difference to the people they serve.

As a woman in leadership, Susan is committed to not only being a role model to other women but to making a difference to organisational culture.  Where there is a positive and supportive people centred culture, women and indeed everyone does better. Susan believes that this is the only way for us all to thrive in both the workplace and in society. 

In her personal life Susan and her partner Gerrie were the first lesbian couple to have a legal marriage ceremony in Scotland on 31 December 2014 having campaigned for equality for many years. In 2016, Susan was honoured to receive the LGBTQI ICON award in recognition of her career long commitment to equality for all.



Marcella Boyle

She has held senior executive positions in the public, private and third sectors.  She started her career in economic development before a move to the private sector where, for over 10 years, she worked as Client Services Directors with a NASDAQ listed talent management company.  She is now an independent Change and Business Development Director working with public and not for profit organisations. Marcella has been a member since 1 August 2017.

She has also served as a Trustee with ENABLE Scotland, Scotland’s national learning disability charity.  Marcella is a graduate of Strathclyde University and holds BA and MSc degrees.

Marcella does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.



karen kellyKaren Kelly

She has recently moved into freelance consultancy specialising in financial management, organisational governance and programme assurance. From 2012 to 2015 she was Head of Corporate Programmes at the City of Edinburgh Council, responsible for overseeing a diverse range of major projects. Prior to this she was Head of Financial Services and also spent time as Treasurer to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Forth Road Bridge.Karen has been a member since 1 August 2017.

Karen is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, serving as Scottish Chair in 2008-2009, and is currently a member of the Institute Council. She also serves on the Board of the City of Glasgow College, where she is Chair of the Finance and Physical Resources Committee. 


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Phil 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.

Phil does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.




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Kay 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 and 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.

Kay does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.




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Mark 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. H

He was previously a Senior Medical Officer in the Scottish Government Health Directorates, advising on the implementation of medical appraisal and revalidation.

Mark does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.


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Employee Director

Jane has been Employee Director since July 2010.

Jane has the same corporate responsibility as all of our other Non-Executive Directors and 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.

Jane does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Jane is also a member of the Scottish NHS Pension Scheme Advisory Board.

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Linda was appointed on 1 October 2018.

Linda has lived in Scotland since moving from England in 1996. She had a successful career in publishing, bookselling and journalism and has worked in many roles in the NHS, focusing on Health Intelligence, Health Economics and Quality Improvement -this includes eight years as an Assistant Director in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. For the last five years, she was seconded into the Scottish Government where she ran a number of national improvement   projects, retiring in March 2018 as Head of Sustainability & Value. As well as her strategic and analytical experience in health systems, Linda has also   spent many years working for LGBT and Women’s organisations as a volunteer and in the third sector.




Stephen McAllister

Stephen was appointed on 1 October 2018.

He is a former Divisional Commander in Police Scotland where he gained experience in leading people through significant change in a complex and fast paced environment. Since retiring from the police, he has worked as a volunteer Board Member with the Samaritans and with Lifelink, a Glasgow-based social enterprise who provide stress management and counselling in areas of high social deprivation. He is delighted to be able to utilise the experience gained in these non-executive positions, as well as in senior leadership roles, as a Board Member with the Golden Jubilee Foundation Board.  

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