Mr. Neil Galbraith O.B.E
Neil is a former local government Chief Executive and Director of Education and has served for the last five years, at both local and national level, with the Scottish Health Council where patient focus and public involvement of the health service has been his primary consideration. Mr Galbraith holds an OBE for services to Education and an honorary doctorate of the Open University.
Mr. Gordon Jamieson
Gordon first came to the Western Isles in September 2006 as part of a Ministerial Support Team. He then jointed NHS Western Isles in February 2008 as Nurse Director / Chief Operating Officer. His previous post was a Nurse Director / Director of Patient Safety at NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
Gordon was born and brought up in Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.
He has significant experience of working in the NHS, including almost 20 years at Executive Board level.
Dr Maggie Watts
Director of Public Health
Maggie undertook her GP training in Lewis in the mid 1980s, spending a year with Doctors Goodall and Mackenzie at the Lewis and County Hospitals, and a further year in North Lochs practice with Dr Iain McIntosh. She comes back to the Western Isles from a post as Consultant in Public Health Medicine with NHS Ayrshire and Arran and she also worked for the Scottish Government as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Co-ordinator for Scotland.
Mrs. Chris Anne Campbell
Chris Anne was most recently the Associate Chief Operating Officer for Acute Services for 7 year following three years as Agenda for Change Project Manager and prior to that Chris Anne was the Theatre Sister at the Western Isles Hospital as well as, for a number of years, was the Western Isles Hospital Lead. She has spent most of her working life in Lewis and working for the Western Isles Health Board.
As Nurse Director, Chris Anne is responsible for leading, encouraging and developing the nursing midwifery and allied health professionals; both operationally and strategically. She is the lead Executive for Clinical Governance and Patient Safety and leads the Single Operating Division.
Acting Director of Finance
Dr Angus McKellar
Angus McKellar was appointed to the post of Medical Director in March 2014.
Angus is originally from Ayrshire, and first discovered the Western Isles whilst courting his future wife, Kirsty (nee Hay from Uig, Lewis) in the early 1980s. He completed his GP training in Stornoway, after which Angus and his young family moved to Nepal to begin eight years of medical work in two different mission hospitals. It was during this period of time that Angus first became involved in service development and clinical leadership (setting up family planning programmes, developing holistic care within the acute sector, addressing health inequalities, training GP registrars whilst providing clinical leadership to a busy outpatient department and Accident and Emergency). He returned to the Western Isles in 2002 to take up a GP partnership in North Harris, and is actively involved in the community.
Ms. Jennifer Porteous
Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development
Jenny was previously Senior HR Lead – Business Support Group, at National Services Scotland. She comes from Ayrshire originally, but has spent most of her working life in the Central Belt of Scotland. Jenny is now settled on the island and is an active member of the Lewis and Harris Riding Club. She enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities.
As Director of Human Resources and Workforce Development, Jenny leads on all human resource activity and strategy. She leads the development of workforce capability and capacity and provides specialist leadership on strategic human resource issues.
Mr. Murdo MacMillan
Cllr. Angus McCormack
Non-Executive Director / Comhairle Representative
Angus started with the Council in 2003. More recently he provides a service to a number of council committees including the Education and Children Services Committee, Transportation and infrastructure, as well as chairing the Audit & Scrutiny Committee.
Non Executive Director
Ian Burgess started his first career in 1972 as a navigating cadet in the Merchant Navy, serving on tankers until 1983. He joined the Coastguard in 1984, starting in the coordination centre, which was, at that time, above the Clydesale bank. He is currently in charge of coastal operations for the Highlands and Islands. Ian's work experience has given him access to the coastal communities within the Western Isles, working with volunteer teams and engaging with community stakeholders.
Mrs. Mairi Murray
Mairi was elected Employee Director by staffside colleagues on the Board's Area Partnership Forum, and was officially appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy Nicola Sturgeon. Her appointment is for a period of four years from April 1 2011 until March 31 2015.
As Employee Director, Mairi strengthens the link between the Board and its staff. Ms Murray co-chairs the Board's Area Partnership Forum with the Chief Executive, and also chairs the Communications Group.
Mairi has worked for NHS Western Isles since 1990. Before becoming Day Hospital Manager, she worked as a staff nurse in Western Isles Hospital. She has been a staffside representative for approximately 15 years, and is a member of the Area Partnership Forum.
Diane McPherson joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on the 1st December 2014 for a period of four years.
Diane has worked in local authority as a land use planner for around 30 years. She has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Strathclyde University and more recently was awarded a Diploma in Management through Lews Castle College. For the last fifteen years she has been employed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar based in Uist, latterly in the post of Manager leading the team with responsibility for land use policy for the economic and social benefit of the islands. Diane has been a member of a number of local community organisations and brings experience of public consultation and partnership working with a wide range of organisations and agencies.
Gillian McCannon has over 40 years of experience and expertise in working within the health care sector, as a registered nurse and academic teaching fellow. Both of these aspects of her professional career have enabled her to have in-depth knowledge of the challenges that face health care provision. Gillian's academic skills have given her the ability to be able to critically review evidence and health and social care polices in order to establish both the challenges that they present, but also the opportunities to help improve health outcomes. Gillian has a strong work ethic and works with integrity and commitment. Her work is organised, methodical and thorough. Gillian believes that the skills that she has will assist in the core work and values of NHS Western Isles.