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At Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our amazing #ClanCHSS members who give their time and expertise to make sure there’s No Life Half Lived in Scotland.
Patron – Her Majesty the Queen
Jim Gibson (Chair)
Theresa Douglas (Vice-Chair)
Chief Executive – Jane-Claire Judson
Find out more about our Trustees and committee members below.
Jim Gibson is a graduate of Glasgow University and has considerable executive and non-executive experience, having worked previously for Rolls-Royce, British Nuclear Fuels, the Scottish Police Authority and Glasgow Caledonian University. Jim has also served as Chair for Includem and Greater Easterhouse Development Company and as a trustee with Glasgow Opportunities and Westlakes Research. Jim joined CHSS as the Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2018 after an open recruitment process. Jim’s father passed away after a severe stroke, an experience that gave him a passion to try to help improve the life chances and quality of life for stroke survivors.
Theresa Douglas has more than forty years’ experience of working for and with the NHS in Scotland as a nurse and leadership consultant. Theresa is currently employed by NHS Education for Scotland as a Senior Educator, specialising for ten years in developing staff working with people with dementia, more recently moving to focus particularly on postgraduate education for community nurses. Theresa was previously a Non-Executive Director of NHS Lothian for six years and during that time chaired the West Lothian Community Health & Care Partnership for over three years. Theresa became a trustee in 2016, her interest in volunteering with CHSS coming from personal experience of supporting family members with heart conditions and suddenly losing her mother to a stroke at the age of 64. Vice-Chair of the Board, Theresa currently sits on the Audit & Risk Committee.
Mary Ballantyne has worked in the Healthcare and Science sector for nearly 45 years, with a focus on anything which may improve the human condition. Nursing is Mary’s core skill, enhanced by science and business degrees. Before becoming a trustee in 2019, Mary volunteered with CHSS as a member of Angus Cardiac Group. Mary’s interest in volunteering with CHSS came from a long history of family cardiovascular disease and Mary’s own experience of heart disease. Mary is currently Chair of the Volunteer Strategy Group and sits on the Staff Governance Committee and CHSA Trading Company Board. Outside of CHSS, Mary’s interests include supporting family first and foremost, then the Angus Cardiac Group, Dundee University Centre of Entrepreneurship, Dundee Science Centre as well as other Board commitments with companies in both science and scientific infrastructure businesses.
Paul Denton has wide-ranging experience in the private and financial sector, latterly as the CEO of the Scottish Building Society. Bringing a huge amount of financial knowledge to the charity, Paul is also a Chartered Banker. Paul’s connection to CHSS stems from lived experience of supporting family members with our conditions. Paul became a Trustee in 2021 and currently sits on the Finance Committee.
Neil Francis is currently the chairman of a digital agency and director of a software company. Neil became a trustee in 2019 and currently sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. In 2006, at the age of 41, Neil suffered a stroke; to help with his recovery he became a golf caddie. Based on that experience Neil wrote his first book in 2013, ‘Changing Course’. Since then Neil has written three other books, ‘The Entrepreneur’s Book’, ‘Positive Thinking’ and ‘Inspired Thinking’.
Scott Hutchinson has worked in commercial banking for twenty years, with a focus on the healthcare sector (including community pharmacy, GPs, dentists and care homes) and now works for Unity Trust, a social & ethical bank. Before becoming a Trustee in 2019, Scott volunteered with CHSS as a fundraiser, taking part in various cycling events. Scott currently sits on the Finance Committee. Scott’s interest in volunteering with CHSS came from being a stroke survivor after suffering from an ischaemic stroke whilst at work in 2017. Outside of CHSS, Scott is a keen cyclist and is currently Chair of Dunfermline Cycling Club and is a Non-Executive Director for Scottish Cycling, the sport’s governing body, also sitting on their Finance & Governance Committee.
Lisa Kidd has a national and international profile in stroke research, latterly as the Reader in Supported Self-Management (Nursing) at the University of Glasgow. Amongst other things, Lisa sits on the Steering Committee and Scientific Committee for the United Kingdom Stroke Forum and is Chair Elect 2023/24, as well as being a committee member of the Scottish Stroke Nurse Forum. Lisa became a Trustee in 2021 and currently sits on the Impact Advisory Panel.
John McCroskie has wide-ranging experience in the Scottish public sector, including as a former Chief Press Officer for Scottish Government and latterly a Director and former interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Police Authority. John’s late father experienced heart disease and severe strokes in later life and both parents were helped to live through that experience by CHSS’ much-valued services and network of support. John became a Trustee in 2021 and currently sits on the Staff Governance Committee.
David McIntosh is a Chartered Accountant working at global advisory firm Teneo. David’s experience includes conducting business reviews, advisory work for corporates and financial stakeholders and contingency planning across a broad range of sectors. David has lived experience of our conditions in the family. David became a Trustee in 2021 and currently sits on the Finance Committee.
Sharon Millar has worked in four Scottish Health Boards in her career and has had the privilege of leading many teams and service improvements in nursing, health promotion and human resources. Sharon has considerable experience in corporate governance as her ‘day job’ as Principal Lead for Board development is to support NHS Board members to effectively govern the quality and performance of health services to the people of Scotland. Sharon has also worked in collaboration with voluntary organisations all her days. Sharon became a trustee in 2019 and currently chairs the Staff Governance Committee. Sharon has first-hand experience of how devastating chest, heart and stroke conditions can be for individuals and their families: her father had three strokes and her mother had several interventions to address her heart failure. CHSS’ vision of ‘No Life Half Lived’ is consistent with Sharon’s own views that everyone should be supported to live full and productive lives. The support provided by CHSS reframes minds and enables people to see beyond their difficulties, cope and then flourish. Outside of CHSS, her interests are her family, walking, music and dancing.
Andrew Morris worked in the public sector for over thirty years and has vast experience in the areas of legal & corporate governance. An accredited facilitator, Andrew now teaches corporate governance across the public and private sectors. Andrew became a trustee in 2019 and, as the Senior Independent Non-Executive, provides independent governance advise across the wider functions of the charity. Andrew also currently chairs the Audit & Risk Committee. Andrew’s interest in volunteering with CHSS came from personal and family experience of living with one of the conditions the charity supports.
Neil Pirie qualified as a chartered accountant; after five years in the profession Neil spent the majority of his career in investment management. Neil was one of a team who built and sold their own investment business based in Edinburgh. Neil subsequently spent four years on the Board of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and chaired their Audit & Risk Assurance Committee. Neil became a trustee in 2013 and currently chairs of the Finance Committee. Neil’s external interests are mainly sporting. Neil holds a private pilot’s licence and is a keen golfer and skier. Neil is also an enthusiastic cyclist and has participated on several occasions in the Tour de Lauder which raises funds for CHSS.
Douglas Sewell has worked in various local authorities as an IT Centre manager and an Assistant Director of Education. Douglas became a Trustee in 2019 and sits on the Staff Governance Committee. Douglas’ interest in volunteering with CHSS came from personal experience as a service user, having experienced a TIA and then a stroke. Douglas is also a Rehabilitation Support Volunteer, has raised funds for the charity in various ways over the past five years and is a member of the Physical Activity Strategy Group and the Volunteer Support Group (Volunteer Communications Sub-group). Outside of CHSS Douglas’ interests are sea kayaking, mountain biking, road cycling, hillwalking and Nordic walking.
Ian Turnbull recently retired after nearly forty years in private practice as a solicitor, including twenty years as Managing Partner of a leading Edinburgh law firm. As well as substantial experience in many legal fields including commerce, employment, property and dispute resolution, Ian also has significant managemen
t and business development experience. Ian has been involved in advising on charity governance and currently sit on other charity boards, including the Scottish SPCA and National Trust for Scotland. Ian became a trustee in 2019 and currently sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Outside CHSS his interests include hill walking, travel and golf.
Tim Walsh is the Chair of Critical Care, Head of Department (Anesthesia) and Co-Director Acute Care Edinburgh (Centre for Population Health Science, Usher Institute) at the University of Edinburgh. Tim is also an Honorary Consultant Critical Care and Director of Innovation at NHS Lothian. Tim has played a key role in developing our Hospital to Home service in response to the pandemic. Tim became a Trustee in 2021 and currently sits on the Impact Advisory Panel.
“We aim to double the number of volunteers in CHSS by 2021 in order to reach everybody who needs us and to help us to raise funds.”(No Life Half Lived, 2018)
Volunteering is a fundamental part of the CHSS structure, integral in facilitating the work of CHSS by supporting innovation across the charity, the expansion of retail outlets and service provision. Contributing a net economic benefit of £1.5 million to CHSS in 2017/18, volunteers will form a substantial part of the Charity’s ability to deliver No Live Half Lived (NLHL) for those experiencing the conditions we support. Volunteers are therefore vital to the success of the organisation’s strategic goals. An expansion in the number of people we help can’t happen without a corresponding increase in volunteer numbers.
The VSG will take into consideration the political, economic, social and cultural contexts which influence volunteering, ensuring constructive benchmarking against the impact of volunteering on: the volunteers; service users; CHSS as an organisation; the wider Scottish community.