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Executive Board Members 


Mrs Laura Ace, Director of Finance

Laura Ace joined NHS Lanarkshire in January 2009 following eight years as Finance Director of NHS Dumfries and Galloway and a career in the NHS stretching back to 1991. 

Laura is a chartered accountant with a law degree and Masters in Business Administration and is responsible for the finance, payroll, audit and procurement functions of the Board.

Dr Harpreet Kohli, Director of Public Health and Health Policy

Harpreet Kohli qualified from Edinburgh University in 1981 and trained in general practice before coming into public health. He worked as a consultant in public health medicine in Lanarkshire from 1990 to 2001 focusing on prevention, including screening programmes, alcohol and drug misuse services, and partnership working with local authorities.

Harpreet spent seven years as Medical Advisor in the Health Technology Board for Scotland (HTBS) and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS), now Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). His interests include quality improvement methods, and assessing the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of health interventions.

Harpreet returned to NHS Lanarkshire in October 2008 as Director of Public Health and Health Policy. He is passionate about public health and is committed to improving the health of Lanarkshire people and reducing health inequalities.

Mrs Rosemary Lyness, Director for Nurses, Midwives and the Allied Health Professions and Interim Director of Acute Services

Rosemary Lyness took up post as Director for Nurses, Midwives and the Allied Health Professions on 1st June 2012. She is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and holds an MBA. Rosemary is also the Child Health Commissioner for NHS Lanarkshire.
Prior to that, she was Director of Acute Services.

Rosemary has had extensive experience within acute services working both in Scotland and the Channel Islands and has held a number of senior nursing and managerial posts across Glasgow and Lanarkshire over the last 20 years.

Mr Ian Ross, Chief Executive

Ian Ross has extensive NHS experience in both England and Scotland. Ian has worked within NHS Lanarkshire since 1987 mainly in the Acute Services. 

Ian was responsible for leading the PFI procurement process for Wishaw General Hospital and led the project to open new hospitals at Wishaw and Hairmyres Hospital in 2001.

Ian held the post of Director of Acute Services within NHS Lanarkshire from 2004 until he moved to the post of Director for Strategic Implementation, Planning and Performance. This post had responsibility for the planning and management of change and development of clinical services across NHS Lanarkshire. The post included the role of Deputy Chief Executive and lead responsibility for the implementation of the Board’s Capital Programme, the designated Director for PFPI, Communications and Property & Support Services across NHS Lanarkshire.

Ian also held the position of Acting Chief Executive from April 2012. Ian was appointed to the post of Chief Executive in December 2012.

Mr Colin Sloey, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance

Colin Sloey is responsible for delivering the full range of clinical and non-clinical services within the North Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership (CHP). He also has responsibility for strategic leadership of Child Health Services, Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, Sexual Health Services and Substance Misuse Services on a Lanarkshire-wide basis.

Prior to the introduction of Community Health Partnerships in April 2005, Colin was the Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire’s Primary Care Operating Division.

Colin began his NHS career in 1978, training as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Registered General Nurse. He held a range of clinical posts in both hospital and community settings before moving into service management. He worked for Lanarkshire Primary Care NHS Trust as Director of Patient Services before its dissolution in 2004.

Colin is a qualified member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers and has completed a Masters in Business Administration. Married with two children, he is keen on virtually all sports especially football, American Football and golf.

Dr Iain Wallace, Medical Director

Iain studied Immunology and Medicine at the University of Glasgow and later gained a MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School. 

Iain practised as a GP Principal in the south-side of Glasgow for 10 years before being appointed as Medical Director of Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust in 1999.  In 2005 he became the Associate Medical Director for the Women and Children’s Directorate in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and for a time combined this role with being interim Medical Director of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.  He was appointed Medical Director of NHS Forth Valley in 2010 before moving to Lanarkshire in July 2013.

Iain is Chair of the Scottish Association of Medical Directors and co-chairs the Managed Service Network for Children and Young People with Cancer.