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Board Members

Board Members

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Ronnie Bowie

Chairman

Ronnie was formerly senior partner at Hymans Robertson, which he has taken to its position as the UK’s leading actuarial consultancy.

He holds a number of non-executive roles including chairing the trustees of the Royal Bank of Scotland pension scheme, the Prudential With Profits Fund and the Court of the University of Dundee. 

He is a member of the UK Government’s Professional & Business Services Council. 

He was the first president of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the successor body to the separate Institute of Actuaries and the Faculty of Actuaries. 

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Hazel Tomkins

Hazel worked in research and the scientific instrumentation field, specialising in capital equipment for hospitals, universities and industry, until 2006 when she formed her own training company, Urban Training.

Providing accredited certified training and policy documentation for all levels of Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, First Aid and Hygiene Auditing, her company covers all of Scotland.

Hazel is also a Director of a number of well-known Glasgow restaurants where she is additionally responsible for all aspects of training.

When not cycling or keeping fit, Hazel volunteers with Canine Concern Scotland with her Therapet canine partner and is also a dedicated Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice volunteer.

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Louise Worrall

Louise Charlotte Worrall DipPFS BA(Hons) Cert CII (MP) CMgr MCMI
  • Successfully undertook AIB in September 2008 and was offered a Warfare Bursary. This allowed for 3 years study prior to undertaking basic officer training.
  • Read History at the University of Southampton, and was an active member of Blake Squadron, Britannia Royal Naval College’s bursar squadron.
  • On completion of the BA (Hons), commenced Officer Training in September 2011.
  • Was award the Queen’s Commission in October 2012. (Delayed due to injury).
  • Undertook the role of St Vincent Squadron Deputy Senior Sub Lieutenant during Phase 2 training at BRNC.
  • 7 months Warfare training on HMS ECHO resulted in deployment and tasking in Libya, off Socotra and ultimately the Persian Gulf.
  • Awarded the Beaufort Wharton course prize during the final Phase 2 exams for coming top of the course. Given the opportunity to become a first job navigating officer.
  • Took control of the Navigation Department of HMS BANGOR as ‘Navs’ to Mine Countermeasures Squadron 1 Crew 8 in 2013.
  • Served a year in the role before being flown home due to the deterioration of existing injury.
  • Conducted a short posting as Naval Aide De Camp to the Lord High Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May 2015.
  • Sent to HMS COLLINGWOOD to run the Bridge Simulator conducting all warfare officer initial and ongoing training.
  • Injury worsened and undertook two in-patient rehabilitation courses at Headley Court.
  • Awarded Chartered Manager status.
  • Medically discharged from service when unable to walk therefore unable to serve.
  • Completed the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Academy programme and joined the Partnership as a fully diploma qualified self-employed Financial Adviser.
  • Became a Trustee and Board member of the Gareloch Riding for the Disabled Association and started undertaking disability riding competitively.
  • Continued to develop the business extending into Mortgages and working primarily with the military. Secondary to the military, those in the maritime and energy sectors.
  • Shortlisted for the Ex-Forces in Business Awards under the category ‘Inspiration of the Year’.
  • Joined the Board of the Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce as the Chair of ChamberFORCE for Dunbartonshire and a Women in Business representative. Left in 2021.
  • Actively engaged with the Officers Association Scotland and The Network Glasgow, especially offering support and guidance to those with the OA thinking of working in Finance or joining the St. James’s Place academy.
  • In any spare time, plays piano, rides the RDA horse Breon and tries to walk Winston the German Shepherd Dog!
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Ian Reid

Vice Chairman

Ian is an HR Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, Organisational Development, Change Management and Employee Relations.

With the last 20 years in senior positions in NHS Scotland, retiring from the post of Director of HR with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland's largest Health Board in 2016, after 10 years.

He now has his own consultancy business providing support to a range of organisations. In addition to being a Director and Vice Chair of the Hospice, he is also a Trustee of Erskine Hospital.  

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Robert Calderwood

Robert was Chief Executive Officer at NHS Greater Glasgow And Clyde from April 2009 until his retirement in March 2017.

He served as Chief Operating Officer for the Acute Division at NHS Greater Glasgow And Clyde from April 2006 to March 2009. He joined the NHS as an Administrative Trainee with Argyll and Clyde Health Board in May 1974.

Robert is a Member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and was awarded Companionship in 2009.

In 2013 Robert was awarded an Honorary Professorship, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow and an Honorary Degree of Doctor from University of Glasgow in 2017.

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John Kyle

John is a qualified solicitor and Notary Public. John spent his first years with the firm of Bannatyne Kirkwood and France specialising in litigation.

In 1982 he joined Cardowan Creameries as a director, an independent family business manufacturing bulk margarines, shortenings and specialised bakery fats, based in Glasgow.  In 1986 John was appointed to Managing Director where he still holds this position.

He has been an active supporter of the hospice for a number of years in his role as an event sponsor, supporting and assisting with events including the hospice Five Ferries, New York Gala Dinner and annual Sporting Lunch.

Very much a wheel enthusiast from cycling and cars to motorsport are among John’s hobbies.

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Dr Iain Wallace

Iain studied Immunology and Medicine at the University of Glasgow and later gained an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School

He practised as a GP Principal for 10 years before being appointed to his first Medical Director role in Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust in 1999. Following this, he was Associate Medical Director for the Women and Children’s Directorate in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde moving on to be Medical Director in NHS Forth Valley in 2010 and then NHS Lanarkshire in 2013. 

Following his retirement in 2018, he was appointed Medical Advisor to the West of Scotland Regional Planning Team. In this role was involved in implementing the Major Trauma Network in the West of Scotland which launched in August 2021. He has also been responsible for re-designing urology, interventional radiology and adult cardiac services across the region. In late March 2020, he was asked to take on the role of Medical Director of NHS Louisa Jordan, a temporary hospital built at the SEC in Glasgow, to help with the NHS Scotland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also working with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on their Quality Governance Collaborative and is a Board Member of FMLM Applied.

Iain is an accredited associate executive coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching, an Honorary Professor in the School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow.  He is past chair of the Scottish Association of Medical Directors and past interim chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

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Tricia Ward

With over 25 years’ experience in public relations and marketing, Tricia has a proven track-record of delivering targeted and creative communications campaigns, building brand awareness for clients and successfully influencing public opinion.

Tricia provides PR and marketing consultancy for numerous blue-chip corporate organisations and SMEs.  As a highly commercial marketing and communications leader, Tricia has a strong track record of achievement in public relations, marketing and digital marketing.

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Heather Matthews

Heather is the Managing Director of Little's, Scotland's oldest and largest chauffeur drive company, a family business established in 1966.

 She has almost 30 years’ experience in the travel industry with particular expertise in transport, event management and logistics. Little’s provide a five-star chauffeur drive service to the corporate and leisure markets in Scotland, London and overseas. Heather has worked in the business since 1991, been a Partner since 1997, and MD since 2005. Her focus has been to grow the business in both Scotland and internationally, something which has been achieved with great results, with a 40% increase in turnover and 80% increase in profits in the last pre-Covid financial year. 2020 had a huge impact on the company because of the pandemic but under Heather’s leadership it has survived despite an over 90% reduction in demand.

In 2019 Heather won Businesswoman of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards and the company won a number of awards including Established Business of the Year; Business of the Year at the Scottish Women's Awards; Business of the Year at the Women's Enterprise Scotland Awards and UK Chauffeur Company of the Year at the QI Awards, beating all the much larger London companies - a hugely proud moment.

Heather was an Ambassador for the Hospice for four years before being invited to join the Board in 2021. She hopes to utilise her wealth of commercial knowledge and experience to benefit the Hospice in her new role on the Board, and looks forward to offering her support to Rhona and the rest of the senior team.

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Murray Cromar

Murray is head of office for Aon in Glasgow. Aon is the world’s largest risk consultancy and insurance broker.

it is represented in 120 countries throughout the world and employs around 66,000 people. Aon have 3 offices in Scotland (Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh) and employs over 250 client advisors consulting with businesses of all sizes in the fields of general insurance, pensions, health and benefits, credit risk.

Murray has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years working for both insurance companies and insurance brokers. Currently he leads Aon’s Glasgow office in advising and arranging general insurance for businesses with a turnover exceeding £10m.  General insurance covers a very wide gambit but mainly property/liability/motor fleet/professional indemnity/ directors and officer’s liability.

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Graeme Waddell

Graeme is a result orientated Executive with over 20 years’ experience managing Engine Repair and Overhaul in the Aerospace sector. He has proven skills in high value contract negotiations.

Travelled extensively on business in Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East. An outstanding record of leading a dynamic organisation through major change and delivering customer and business value.

Since retiring from Rolls Royce, Graeme has established a family owned energy renewable company which he is Chairman. He also gained Public Sector experience with his involvement in the following Boards:

·      Ex Board Director Skills Development Scotland

·      Ex Board Director Scottish Enterprise

·      Ex Chair Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board

·      Ex Chair of the West Regional Advisory Board

·      Chair of the Engineering Workstream Glasgow Economic Commission.  

Graeme has also written several articles for magazine publications on the topics of Skills and Leadership. He mentors Senior Executives and deliver talks on Leadership.

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Jane Scott

Jane qualified as a solicitor and notary public in 2015 having trained at Edinburgh-based law firm Anderson Strathern. Jane now practices law at the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland in Glasgow providing legal advice and services in respect of clinical negligence complaints, claims and litigation.

She also represents clinicians before their professional regulators. Jane read neuroscience at the University of Glasgow and worked in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board before studying law.

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Professor James Miller

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Professor James Miller has been Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) of Glasgow Caledonian University since August 2015. He will take up the role of Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of West of Scotland in November 2022.

Professor Miller began his career in 1986 as a Clinical Nurse in Edinburgh after graduating from North Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery. He became Quality Facilitator and Deputy Director of Nursing for West Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust in 1992 and remained there until 2001, by which time he had become Divisional General Manager. He was Divisional General Manager of South Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2001 to 2005, when he became Chief Executive of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He took up the post of Director of the Open University in Scotland in August 2010.

Professor Miller gained an MBA from Napier University in 1998 and a PhD from Edinburgh University in 2004. James is an Alumnus of Harvard University’s Institute of Education Management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the Institute of Directors and has been a Visiting Lecturer at four Scottish universities, teaching on undergraduate and Masters programmes in nursing, healthcare management and clinical leadership. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on a range of clinical and management issues in healthcare and is a regular reviewer for a number of journals.

Professor Miller was a founding member of the British Council’s Digital Advisory Board and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Amity University Group in India.

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Robin Gilles

A qualified Chartered Accountant, my early years were spent working in professional accountancy firms in Scotland and Denmark. Thereafter I moved into finance roles within industry including ICI plc, Philips Electronics N.V., before spending two years working as a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse.

The last 25 years of my working career were spent with The Edrington Group. Edrington manufacture and sell a range of spirits brands, mainly in Scotch Whisky – The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park, Brugal (rum). Edrington is owned by The Robertson Trust, a major Scottish charity. I worked in a number of roles over these years, initially in finance but ultimately in various operational positions. Latterly, as Director of Whisky Operations, sitting on the Company’s Group Executive, I had responsibility for all the operational activity within the whisky liquid side of the business – whisky distillation, warehousing, casks, whisky stock management, blending, new product development. The role also encompassed significant commercial activity – buying and selling whisky, selling surplus assets.

I retired from Edrington at the end of March 2015. Since retirement I have become involved in a number of organisations and activities, all on a voluntary basis - Chair of the Management Board of a small children’s educational theatre company called Hopscotch; Working as a mentor to “looked after children” of secondary school age in Glasgow - as part of an organisation called MCR Pathways; Trustee to The Glasgow Clyde College Education Foundation; a chair-trained member of the Children’s Panel in Glasgow; Trustee to an organisation called Scottish Sports Futures, which uses sport to engage with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Scotland.

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