Head of International Development with NHS Health Scotland
Employed by the British Red Cross Society Scottish H.Q. based in Glasgow; final post was that National Training Officer. I specialised in HIV/AIDS, Substance Use and the application of the Geneva Conventions within a Human Rights context in Scotland. A founder member of the Red Cross European and North American Task Force on AIDS linked to the Copenhagen Office of WHO from 1985 to 1988
Worked in the Scottish NHS system since 1989 initially within a local health board; responsibility for HIV and Sexual Health and subsequently as the Health Promotion Department Manager from 1997.
From August 2003 to July 2008 seconded to the Scottish Government as a Specialist Public Health Adviser within the office of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Lead responsibility for; Public Health Workforce developments, Sexual Health, Substance Use, Community Health Partnerships.
Since 2008 employed with NHS Health Scotland as Head of International Development; Health Scotland is the national health improvement agency for Scotland and a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion and Public Health Developments.
From 2006 have been a WHO ‘Temporary Technical Adviser’ on a number of projects.
In addition I have strong links with EuroHealthNet (Elected President October 2010) and International Union for Health Promotion and Educations (Elected V.P. for Marketing, Fundraising and Membership Development July 2010).
Personal achievements – missing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by 600m and being elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in July 2010.