Falkirk’s Integration Joint Board, through its Chief Officer, has responsibility for the planning, resourcing and the operational oversight of a wide range of health and social care services. The Board and its Committees have established Standing Orders to regulate proceedings and a Code of Conduct which members abide by.
Upcoming and previous meeting details, reports and video recordings can be viewed on the IJB meeting schedule page.
Integration Joint Board Members
Here we introduce members of the Integration Joint Board for the Partnership. The Board is made up of representatives from Falkirk Council, NHS Forth Valley, Third Sector representatives, service users and carers.
Dr Michele McClung, NHS Forth Valley (Chair)
Michele McClung is a Non-Executive Board Member for NHS Forth Valley and has over 20 years of public sector experience in a policy and research environment. She has worked in both Stirling Council and Falkirk Council and is now employed by Education Services within Glasgow City Council, where she leads a team providing strategic support to the Directorate.
Michele has been a member of Falkirk and Central Scotland Samaritans and is a member of the national board of Trustees which is responsible for the governance of all Samaritan branches throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Michele’s key areas of interest include mental health, poverty and inequality.
Councillor Fiona Collie, Falkirk Council (Vice Chair)
Councillor Fiona Collie is Councillor for the Denny & Banknock ward and is Portfolio Holder for Health & Social Care. Fiona has worked in both paid and volunteer roles within the third sector for most of her career in a wide range of roles including policy development, campaigning, advice and support. She combines her council role with employment with the charity Carers Scotland and volunteer roles.
Gordon Johnston, NHS Forth Valley
Gordon has held senior roles in the public and voluntary sectors in areas including community development, managing a local community engagement organisation, and co ordinating the distribution of National Lottery and European funding. He is now active in many third sector mental health organisations in Scotland, has considerable leadership and governance experience and is currently chair of Bipolar Scotland and a public partner with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. He also carries out paid consultancy work, mainly in peer research, patient engagement, community development and organisational development. Gordon was appointed as a Board member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland in April 2017 and chairs its Audit, Risk and Information Governance Committee. In 2019 he became a member of the Mental Health Strategic Delivery Board, established and chaired by the Minister for Mental Health.
Stephen McAllister, NHS Forth Valley
Stephen is a former senior Police Officer, with extensive experience in leadership, governance and performance management. During his career, Stephen was a Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiator, which allowed him to develop excellent active listening skills and influencing skills. Stephen was the Police Divisional Commander in Forth Valley prior to retiring and as such has a good perspective on the delivery of a unitary service across three local authorities and a firm understanding of the physical and social geography of the area that Forth Valley Health Board covers.
Since leaving Police Scotland, he has built up non-executive board experience in both the voluntary and public sector and as a consultant in mental health improvement and negotiation. Stephen hopes to bring these various strands of his Police career and post police experience to the benefit of Forth Valley Health board and community it serves.
Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Falkirk Council
First elected to Falkirk Council in 2007, and became SNP Group Leader in 2012, and is currently Leader of Falkirk. I have a broad experienced of working within health and social care both the voluntary and public sector prior to being elected including being a carer for over 20 years. I have continued to work within the sector in my capacity as an non Executive Board Member of the Care Inspectorate from its amalgamation of the 3 constituent regulatory bodies in 2011 and remained a Board member until June 2017. I have has also worked with Transport Scotland as a member of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland improving transport options for disable people and I am currently a non executive Board member of the Scottish Ambulance Service. I am committed to taking forward the integration of health and social care and working towards improving the health and wellbeing of those who live and work within Falkirk and its districts.
Patricia Cassidy, Chief Officer
Patricia originally trained as a nurse and has worked with a number of health boards in a variety of roles including health education and health promotion. She was also a visiting specialist lecturer in health studies and community nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University and has worked in a number of national roles with sportsscotland, the Scottish Consumer Council and the Health Education Board for Scotland.
After joining Aberdeen City Council in 2010, Patricia worked in a number of senior positions before moving to Inverclyde Council in 2014 where she was Corporate Director for Education, Communities and Organisational Development.
Jillian Thomson, Chief Finance Officer
Jillian joined Falkirk IJB in April 2020 as Chief Finance Officer and brings 20 years of public sector finance experience to the role.
Jillian graduated as a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Glasgow in 2000, before joining NHS Forth Valley as a Management Accountant in the corporate finance team, later moving to the Scottish Government Health Department as Financial Controller where she completed her postgraduate professional accountancy qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
In 2009 Jillian returned to NHS Forth Valley as Senior Finance Manager leading on financial management, planning and governance in relation to Family Health Services and in 2015 completed a Masters Degree in Health Technology Assessment (also from the University of Glasgow). Jillian’s professional interests include primary care service transformation and health economics.
Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive, Falkirk Council
Kenneth Lawrie was recently appointed as Falkirk Council’s new Chief Executive and took up his role at the beginning of August.
Kenneth joined local government in 1994 and since then has held various positions at Dartford Borough Council and Scottish Borders Council, taking up the position as Chief Executive with Midlothian Council in September 2009.
Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley
Cathie originally trained as a nurse at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow in the 1980s and worked in a variety of nursing roles before moving to Perth in 1990, initially to take up post as a Clinical Nurse Manager at Perth Royal Infirmary and later as Clinical Services and Business Manager for the former Perth and Kinross NHS Trust. In 1995, she was appointed Director of Nursing, Patient Services and Planning for Kirkcaldy NHS Trust and then Director of Service Development and Capacity Planning for the Fife NHS Board.
Cathie returned to Glasgow in 2005 to take up post as the Director for the new South East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership before moving to Orkney in 2010 as the Chief Executive of NHS Orkney, Cathie also worked at this time as Executive Director at Orkney Islands Council and lead the integration of health and social care services before the appointment of Orkney’s Chief Officer.
Cathie has an MSc in Leadership (Quality Improvement), is a GenerationQ Fellow and a member of the Q Community, whose mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care.
Sara Lacey, Chief Social Work Officer
Sara Lacey is Head of Social Work Children’s Services and Chief Social Work Officer for Falkirk Council. Sara has worked in social care for 25 years and has been a qualified social worker since 1996. She has worked in a variety of practice and leadership roles within the local authority, third and independent sectors. Over the course of her career Sara has worked predominantly within children and families services; starting her management experience in a statutory support and protection team before moving on to provide preventative family support. Prior to coming to Falkirk Council Sara was the Managing Director of a national residential child care organisation and spent time overseas developing home based nursing services for people with critical health issues and at end of life. Sara’s current role as Head of Service includes responsibility for Criminal Justice Services. As Chief Social Work Officer Sara is a non-voting member of the IJB and a member of the Clinical and Care Governance Group.
Mr Andrew Murray, NHS Forth Valley
Andrew is Medical Director for NHS Forth Valley. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and worked in Scotland and New Zealand until 2001, when he moved to NHS Ayrshire and Arran as a Consultant ENT surgeon, Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and then Medical Director with NHS Borders before taking his current post of Medical Director at NHS Forth Valley.
Andrew is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and has led the redesign of a wide range of medical services. He has also developed and implemented new models of care across community and acute hospitals.
Dr David Herron, General Practitioner
David graduated from Manchester in 2002 and has been a GP Partner in a practice in Polmont since 2006. He is also involved in training medical students and GP Trainees and arranging educational events for GPs across Forth Valley. David chair’s NHS Forth Valley’s GP Subcommittee which provides advice on a wide range of issues affecting General Practice. He is also the GP Clinical Lead for the Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership.
Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley
Ms Angela Wallace has dedicated her nursing career to the NHS in Scotland and brings over 20 years continuous service to her post.
Following extensive critical care charge nurse experience in Glasgow, she moved from her clinical specialist role, gaining her MBA. She quickly progressed through senior nurse posts, which included Senior Nurse Manager across a large medical, intermediate care, rehabilitation and care of older people directorate, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Nursing in NHS Fife. In late 2002, Ms Wallace came to NHS Forth Valley as Interim, and then Director of Nursing within the Acute Operating Division.
She was appointed Nurse Director for NHS Forth Valley in 2004, and is the professional head of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition she has a particular focus on Improving Patient Care, Safety and Experience and the involvement of patients in this work.
Angela is Executive Lead for Spiritual Care with NHS Forth Valley.
In December 2008 Angela was made an Honorary Professor in recognition for the development of Nursing and Midwifery and Improving Patient Experience by Stirling University, Department of Nursing.
*Angela’s professional adviser role is deputised by Ellen Hudson, NHS Forth Valley Deputy Nurse Director, when appropriate.
Gail Woodcock, Head of Integration
Gail has over 28 years’ experience working within local authority, community, and health and social care settings. She joins the Partnership from adult social care provider Bon Accord Care, where she had overall responsibility for the delivery of services as Interim Managing Director. Her career also spans significant roles at Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership. Gail is a former chair of the Health and Social Care Scotland Strategic Commissioning Group. She has expertise in managing transformation projects, having established locality working within Aberdeen City and implemented improvement plans covering primary care, mental health, and digital services.
Martin Thom, Head of Integration
Martin has a strong commitment to working in partnership with NHS, voluntary and private sector partners. For over twenty years, he has worked as a practitioner and manager within Social Work and Social Care. His experience spans a range of services covering residential care for adults with learning disabilities, support for people affected by alcohol-related brain injury, criminal justice social work services, and offenders with problem drug use. Prior to joining Falkirk, Martin has held senior roles at Fife Council as Head of Older People Services and for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, where he was appointed Head of Community Care – Partnerships.
Robert Clark, NHS Forth Valley
Robert began his career in NHS Forth Valley in 1985 working as a relief Plaster Technician and then moved to Theatres as a Theatre Orderly. He then undertook the Operating Department Practitioner course, qualified in 1989, and has worked in Theatres since then.
He has been involved in the Trade Union movement since 1985 and became a Unison steward in 1990. He has also served as Branch Secretary for the Stirling Royal Infirmary and latterly the Forth Valley Health branches of Unison.
Robert is a passionate believer in Partnership Working, fairness and equality and has served on NHS Forth Valley’s Acute Service’s Partnership Forum and the Area Partnership Forum for many years.
He is a strong supporter of the NHS and is committed to doing all he can to preserve this great institution to ensure it can continue to provide care to all, regardless of their income or social background.
Roger Ridley, Falkirk Council
Roger is the union representative from Falkirk Council on the committee. Roger has worked in social work for thirty five years. Working in children and families social work as a social worker and manager most of that time but moving to adults services as a mental health officer over the last few years.
Thus, Roger feels the values that brought him in to social work all those years ago still motivate him both in his work with Unison but also his role as representative on the board, trying to see individuals and communities holistically
Margo Biggs (Service user representative)
Margo was born in Glasgow and has lived in Falkirk for over 40 years. She studied at Glasgow University graduating in Politics and Modern History and gained a post graduate qualification in economic history and media education. Margo has taught Modern Studies, tackling political issues nationally and internationally and concentrating on the depth study in health and social care. In addition, Margo has taught life skills courses to pupils, who previously lack motivation and success in the community.
After taking early retirement, Margo joined the local health council in Forth Valley taking on the task of monitoring services for patients. Margo is currently a member of the Patient Public Panel in Forth Valley Hospitals and of the PPF serving the interests of patients and carers in Falkirk.
In Forth Valley she was a lay reviewer visiting GP practices and currently serves on the RCGP P3 Patient Group looking at ways in which patients can become more involved in how practices serve their communities. She has been a public partner with Health Improvement Scotland for many years doing hospital visits, latterly as an HEI Inspector and a member of SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network) contributing to Patient Versions of Guidelines.
Margo passionately believes in equality for patients and carers and involving patients in decisions about their treatment and care and being communicated with in the provision of information and being consulted and fed back to on what they contribute.
Outside of health and social care her interests and commitments include being an active church member and a Season Ticket Holder at Falkirk Football Club.
Morven Mack (Carers representative)
Morven is retired and is a family carer with a specific interest in mental health. She is a member of Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre and Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health.
Morven moved to Falkirk in 1984 where she initially employed as secretary and subsequently co-ordinator with Falkirk Local Health Council. After moving into the marketing environment within the construction industry she graduated with a BA Hons in Social Science through the Open University. She went on to manage the Distance Learning Programme at University of Strathclyde where she was responsible for recruiting and supporting students from Asia. Morven then returned to work in the health service as manager of the GP Out-of-Hours service, ultimately being employed by NHS Forth Valley when responsibility for the these services transferred to the NHS Board. Her personal interests are history, philosophy, current affairs (which she pursues through the U3A), writing, hill walking and gardening.
Maureen Hill (Third sector representative)
Maureen has been an active member of the Third Sector for over forty-five years both as a volunteer and a paid worker. Previous roles include Chief Executive officer of CVS North Lanarkshire, Community Consultant, Organisation Support Officer and Funding Officer. She is currently Interim CEO of CVS Falkirk, the third sector interface for Falkirk and District.
Meetings are currently being held remotely, with recordings made available via the Falkirk Council Youtube channel for committee meetings.