George Crooks OBE
Chief Executive, DHI Scotland
Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.
He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.
Margaret Whoriskey MBE
Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Health Care Innovation, Scottish Government
Margaret is responsible for the national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland. She also has a lead role in development of policy on Technology Enabled Care and has a sponsorship role for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. She is active in the European arena and European Innovation Partnership (EIP).
Up until November 2015 Margaret was Director of the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) in Scotland having joined when it was established in 2005. The Joint Improvement Team was a unique partnership between the Scottish Government, Local Government (CoSLA), NHS Scotland, the Third, Independent Care and Housing sectors, tasked with accelerating the pace of local change and improvement in the quality of Scotland’s health and social care and support services.
Margaret trained as a clinical psychologist and worked in clinical and managerial positions in the NHS for many years. From 1998, and prior to joining JIT, Margaret has worked in a national capacity with the Scottish Health Advisory Services (latterly NHS Quality Improvement Scotland) and as a commissioner with the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.
CEO, NHS National Services Scotland
Colin joined NSS in 2008 initially as Logistics Director and then as Director of National Procurement. He has since been Director of NSS’ Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Business Unit before being appointed Chief Executive on 1st August 2016.
He has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors working for a range of large public ltd companies in the manufacturing and logistics fields. Prior to joining NSS Colin was Regional Operations Director for a major UK logistics business where responsibilities included business development and customer account management.
Colin’s career has been in the service sector and he brings this experience to his current role with a focus on providing high quality customer service, understanding and working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders and delivering new services to meet changing needs.
Head of Sales, InterSystems
Charles joined InterSystems in April 2011, and is responsible for the sale of InterSystems healthcare solutions and services in Scotland. His role also includes ongoing engagement account management with all Board and NHS Scotland, optimisation and clinical engagement to encourage wider clinical usage of ISC products and services.
He has been involved in the IT industry for a number of years having previously worked within the Experian Data Quality division for 15 years, latterly specialising in Master Data Management and single customer view projects.
Chief Executive, NHS Education For Scotland
Caroline is the Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland, appointed in October 2015.
Caroline graduated from Kings College London and trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, working with clients including Castle Cement, Citibank, Nestle and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Caroline moved to Scotland and her first Director of Finance post was at Edinvar Housing Association. From Edinvar she moved into Higher Education, joining the University of Abertay Dundee as Director of Finance and then moving to the post of University Secretary and Director of Operations.
Caroline joined NES in 2004 as Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive of the organisation in October 2015. Caroline is a Trustee of Circle, a Scottish Charity working with families affected by parental substance abuse and imprisonment; she is also a Non Executive Director of Tabula Rasa, a Scottish Dance Company.