Our People

Highland Hospice employs over 100 full and part-time staff across a range of clinical and medical services as well as support functions such as finance, human resources, facilities, fundraising and retail. We also benefit from the support of over 750 volunteers working in the Hospice, in our shops and fundraising in the community.

The Hospice is led by a Chief Executive supported by a Senior Management Team of four and a Lead Clinician. Oversight and strategic direction is provided by a Board of up to 12 trustees drawn from across all parts of the Highlands and bringing a range of skills and experience to their role. The Board provides oversight through a number of governance committees. Trustees serve up to two three year terms and are appointed through an open recruitment process.

To contact the Senior Management Team, Chair or any other Board Member please email Fiona Stoddart, Management Assistant on f.stoddart@highlandhospice.org.uk.

Senior Management Team

Kenny Steele

Chief Executive

Email: k.steele@highlandhospice.org.uk

Kathryn Hamling

Head of Clinical Services

Email: k.hamling@highlandhospice.org.uk

Andrew Leaver

Head of Fundraising and Development

Email: a.leaver@highlandhospice.org.uk

Linda Lawton

Head of People

Email: l.lawton@highlandhospice.org.uk

Julie Douglas

Head of Finance and Facilities

Email: j.douglas@highlandhospice.org.uk

Lead Clinician

Dr Jeremy Keen

Consultant Physician in Palliative Care

Email: j.keen@highlandhospice.org.uk

Board of Trustees

Forbes Duthie

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Forbes is a chartered accountant and formerly held senior finance roles at Highlands and Islands Enterprise and NHS Highland.

Dr Bill McKerrow

Vice Chair; Member of the Healthcare Governance Committee

Bill is a retired ENT consultant and currently associate postgraduate dean for NHS Highland / NHS Education.

Roisin Connolly

Member of the People Governance Committee

Roisin is currently Manager for Connecting Carers and brings a valuable perspective of the role and challenges for carers supporting loved ones living with palliative and end of life care needs.

Dr Charles Crichton

Chair of the Healthcare Governance Committee

Charles is a retired General Practitioner and community hospital doctor on the Isle of Skye who has recently obtained a further qualification in Palliative Medicine.

Nicholas Gubbins

Chair of the People Governance Committee

Nicholas is Chief Executive of Community Energy Scotland, a social enterprise which supports communities in Scotland to develop renewable energy projects.

Dr Jeff Howarth

Member of the Healthcare Governance Committee

Until his retirement in 2019 Jeff was the Vice Principal for Enterprise at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Shona MacDougall

Member of the Finance Governance Committee

Shona was Director of Environment and Communities at Renfrewshire Council until her retirement in 2018 when she moved to Dornoch with her husband. Shona currently volunteers in the Hospice shop in Dornoch.

Niall McArthur

Chair of the Finance Governance Committee

Niall is a chartered accountant and Director of Corporate Resources at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Stephen Pennington

Member of the People Governance Committee

Stephen was Managing Director of Highland Home Carers and he brings a wealth of experience in the delivery of social care at home and in working in partnership with local communities.  This is particularly relevant in light of our 2018-2021 'Supporting our Compassionate Communities' strategy.

Peter Mearns

Member of the Finance Governance Committee

Peter is a Chartered Accountant who retired as Senior Partner in the Inverness office of EY in 2015.

Dr Sara Ramsey

Member of the Healthcare Governance Committee

Sara is a Consultant Urologist at Raigmore Hospital. As well as working within a specialty where her patients can benefit from the support of Highland Hospice, Sara also has a wider personal interest in the running of the Hospice.

Dr Janet Sidgwick

Member of the Healthcare Governance Committee

Janet is a retired community paediatrician from Fort William with wide experience in the voluntary sector.