February 25th 2020 | Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh


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.  

Zahid Deen

 Director of Digital and Service Transformation

Zahid leads the ALLIANCE’s digital health and care activity using a multi-faceted, collaborative approach.

This year he is also building a strategy for ‘ALISS’ – a digital service that helps people find and share information about local sources of support for health and wellbeing.
More broadly, he facilitates citizen input to digital health and care. This includes leading ‘Our GP’ - one of Scotland’s largest co-design projects - working with the public to develop innovative GP digital services.
He also supports the third sector innovate (and integrate their solutions) on digital health and care.

Zahid brings almost 18 years’ experience in digital.  He previously worked as a Policy Manager at the communications regulator, Ofcom and prior to that was the Scottish Government’s Head of Telecommunications Policy.

Steph Wright

Director of Health & Wellbeing Engagement, The Data Lab

Steph joined The Data Lab in 2017 to take on the management of the Cancer Innovation Challenge, a £1M SFC funded project involving industry, academia and the NHS to improve cancer care and outcomes in Scotland through innovation with data. She now leads on a portfolio of health and wellbeing engagement for the Data Lab. She also leads on the Data Lab’s work in developing an AI strategy for Scotland. Steph has had a diverse career path before getting involved in data and healthcare. Having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics, she went on to take an Arts Masters which then led into working in freelance TV and film production for a few years. Then eight years in arts management followed (working in theatre and dance) which also included founding a company and international dance film festival. She returned to the world of science in 2012 at the Genomics Forum and then the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre and has now found herself in the world of data science. She has extensive project and programme management experience and relishes bringing diverse stakeholders together to work in collaboration.

Dr Lesley Holdsworth

Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care

Since 2015, Lesley has been a Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care at Scottish Government with a specific responsibility for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. In 2013, She co-founded and has subsequently overseen the Scottish NMAHP Digital Health Network, including its associated National Digital Leadership Programme run by NES. She is passionate about developing a digitally enabled workforce and is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Informatics. Lesley has held a number of national positions including, Programme Director and Head of Health Services Research & Effectiveness at Healthcare Improvement Scotland and AHP Director at NHS 24 Scotland’s Digital Care. Lesley is currently leading a number of national, UK and international digital initiatives: a national dataset for Scottish AHPs: international standards for digital practice for the WCPT. Her longstanding research interest has been in establishing the efficacy of patient self referral systems about which she has widely published and presented. Lesley was made a fellow of the CSP in 2002 in recognition of this and her wider work. She is also Chair of the Board of Bield, the largest Housing Association in Scotland. In 2018, Lesley was named Scottish Digital Impact Leader of the Year and UK Digital Team Leader of the year.

Ian Welsh OBE

Chief Executive, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Ian Welsh OBE is Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and has extensive experience in the public, private and third sectors.

He was Director of UK Services for the Rehab Group, leading charities working in care, supported employment, rehabilitation and training.

As Chief Executive and Board member of Kilmarnock Football Club, he led the club through business and footballing success building a number of innovative community programmes.

He served as a non-executive Director of the Glasgow Prestwick Airport and as Executive Director of Human Resources and Public Affairs.

He worked in teaching in East Ayrshire and was latterly a Depute Head Teacher.

He served as an elected member leading first Kyle and Carrick District Council and then South Ayrshire Council before serving briefly as MSP for Ayr.

He served on Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, chairing its Staff Governance Committee.

He served as the first Chair of the East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership.

He is Chair of Ayr Gaiety Partnership and Dementia-Friendly Prestwick.

He served on the Court of the University of the West of Scotland, chairing its Policy and Resources Committee and completed his tenure as Chair of the Court.

He served on the Board of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire and on the Boards of Ayr College and Kilmarnock College.

He chaired the Microtech Group.

In November 2016, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of Scotland and is currently an Honorary Professor.

After the Penrose Inquiry, he was invited by the Scottish Government to Chair its Contaminated Blood Financial Review Group.

He was invited by the Scottish Government to Chair its GIRFEC Practice Development Panel, reporting to the Deputy First Minister in March 2019.

He sits on a range of Scottish Government Programme Boards and the Cancer Innovation Challenge Strategic Management Board.

Peter Macleod

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

I was appointed chief executive in December 2018.

I have been privileged to spend over 30 years in the public sector, working to make a difference. I am as passionate about care and support now as I was when I first started out. I am ambitious for social care; I want people in Scotland to experience transformational, world-class care that makes a real and positive difference to their lives.

I graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a degree in social sciences and a qualification in social work and began my career as a social worker in Glasgow in 1987. Since then, I have worked in a range of front line social work services, with a particular interest in working with children and young people.

I joined Renfrewshire council in 1996 as an area manager, responsible for adult, children’s and criminal justice social work in a busy locality team. In early 2007, I was appointed head of children’s services and criminal justice for social work and the community health partnership. Later that year, I was appointed director of social work. I was honoured to become president of the Association of Directors of Social Work in 2012. In 2015, I became Renfrewshire’s first director of a new children’s services directorate, bringing together children’s social work, education and criminal justice services.

I have been appointed chairperson of the Technology Enabled Care programme board. I sit on the national leadership groups for child protection, early years and adult social care reform. I am also a member of the Ministerial Strategy Group for health and care. 

I was brought up in the Western Isles as a Gaelic speaker. I have volunteered in social care services abroad, including in Tanzania. In my spare time, I enjoy mountains, outdoor swimming and cycling. My family and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017.

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