George Crooks OBE
Chief Executive, DHI Scotland
George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George was elected President of the European Health Telematics Association in February 2012 and is a Board member of the European Connected Health Alliance. He leads the Integrated Care Action Group on behalf of the European Commission within the European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing. He is Chair of the Scottish Digital Health and Care Innovation Programme Board, leading on the at scale delivery of telehealth and telecare services and also the Chairman of the Digital Health Institute in Scotland, a partnership between academia, industry and health and care delivery organisations delivering innovation in technology and design that can provide safe, effective and sustainable health and care solutions and create economic growth in Scotland.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.
Director Of Digital, NHS Education
A 30 year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is currently working in the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified environment putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This involves defining and delivering the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) vision for a comprehensive digital transformation by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design and in house build of Turas, the NES digital platform.
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.
Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Robbie Pearson was appointed Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland in December 2016 and previously held the role of Director of Scrutiny and Assurance. A graduate of St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities, he joined the NHS in 1992.
He was Director of Planning in a territorial NHS board, before joining the Scottish Government in 2010 as Deputy Director/Head of Healthcare Planning. He is a lay member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland
CEO, NHS National Services Scotland
Angiolena Foster CBE
Chief Executive, NHS 24
Angiolina was appointed as NHS 24's Chief Executive in December 2016, having been interim Chief Executive since March of that year.
She began her career in local government, where she gained extensive operational management experience in Scotland’s two largest local authorities – Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In her work with these unitary authorities, she gained a strong reputation for driving-up service quality and maximising value for citizens. Over this period, she developed a keen personal interest in customer-led performance improvement.
From 2001 to 2014, Angiolina held a number of senior positions within the Scottish Government, leaving there to become Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Angiolina is proud to work in public service and takes inspiration from the many dedicated people with whom she works. She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2011.