Our People | Highland Hospice

Our People

Highland Hospice employs over 200 full and part-time staff across a range of clinical and medical services as well as support functions such as finance, human resources, volunteer co-ordination, facilities, fundraising and retail. We also benefit from the support of nearly 900 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 Jo Chisholm, Secretary to the CEO and Board on j.chisholm@highlandhospice.org.uk.

Senior Management Team

Kenny Steele

Chief Executive

Email: k.steele@highlandhospice.org.uk

Paula Cooper

Head of Hospice Services

Email: p.cooper@highlandhospice.org.uk

Andrew Leaver

Head of Income 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

Shona MacDougall

Co-chair of the Board of Trustees; Member of the Finance Governance Committee; Director of Highland Hospice Trading Ltd

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.

Stephen Pennington

Co-chair of the Board of Trustees; 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.

Roisin Connolly

Chair 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.

Margaret Davidson

Member of the Care Governance Committee

Margaret was Leader of The Highland Council from 2015 until her retirement in 2022. Margaret has a long time interest in health and social care and in supporting local communities to develop services to meet their needs.

William Gilfillan

Member of the Care Governance Committee

William worked as Director of Community Services at The Highland Council until June 2019 and now runs his own business. William has personal family experience of Highland Hospice care which he describes as ‘amazing and humbling’ and wants to ensure our support continues across the region for many years to come.

Kathryn Hamling

Member of the Care Governance Committee

Kathryn has a long career in palliative care working as a Macmillan Nurse in Lochaber and until her retirement in 2020, as Head of Clinical Services here at Highland Hospice. Kathryn also volunteers in our retail warehouse and Falcon Square shop.

Dr Shona Macbryer

Member of the People Governance Committee

Shona is a retired clinical psychologist.

Peter Mearns

Chair of the Finance Governance Committee; Chair of Ness Islands Railway Ltd

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

Donna Mortimer

Member of the Finance Governance Committee; Chair of Highland Hospice Trading Ltd

Donna is Head of Finance and Procurement at Forest and Land Scotland. As well as bringing a strong financial understanding to the monitoring Hospice finances, Donna has a personal interest in supporting the Hospice and the individuals and communities we in turn support.

Dr Sara Ramsey

Chair of the Care 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.

Roy Templeton

Member of the Finance Governance Committee

Roy is Senior Head of Communications with BBC Scotland. Roy is based in the Highlands and brings extensive media experience to support the Hospice as we engage our communities to act as partners in the delivery of new services.

Dr Maria Wybrew

Member of the Care Governance Committee

Maria is a General Practitioner at the Princes Street Surgery in Thurso and brings first-hand experience of working with palliative care patients in the community.