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Non Executive Board Members 


Mrs Neena Mahal, Chair

Neena Mahal has been Chair of the Lanarkshire NHS Board since January 2013, having previously served as a Non-Executive Director of the Board.

She is a qualified Careers Guidance Adviser, and has also worked in the Equalities field within Education and as a Training Consultant. Neena has a strong background in and understanding of equality and social justice, leading transformational change and developing engagement strategies with young people and disadvantaged communities.

Over the last 20 years she has gained wide ranging governance experience having been a Board member of various Public Bodies, charitable and voluntary sector organisations including the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, National Museums Scotland and BBC Children in Need. She is a Governor of The Glasgow Academy and was commissioned as a Depute Lieutenant for Lanarkshire in 2014.  In August 2015, she was appointed as a Lay Governor on the Court of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Neena brings to the Board extensive experience in corporate governance, strong strategic and interpersonal skills and a track record in partnership working.

Mr Philip Campbell, Vice Chair

Mr Philip Campbell, a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University has spent his career in safety, financial and customer-facing roles, latterly holding senior positions with National Express and First Group. He has a proven track record of delivering customer service improvements in complex organisations that are dealing with substantial change, and with financial, performance and customer challenges.
Philip brings to the board a combination of customer service, financial, audit and inspection skills along with extensive experience of organisational reviews, efficiency and continuous improvement measures. He currently helps deliver full time, unpaid care for a family member who suffers from cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus which gives him experience of how healthcare is delivered to vulnerable adults in Lanarkshire.

Philip is a currently Chair of the Acute Operating Management Committee, Chair of the South Community Health Planning Committee and Vice Chair of the South Integration Board.  He is also a member of the Audit, Staff Governance and Endowment Committees, in addition Philip is a member of the South Community Planning Partnership Board.

Dr Avril Osborne

Dr Avril Osborne qualified as a social worker in 1969 and was in direct practice for several years before progressing to middle and senior management in both Highland Region and Orkney, where she served as Director.

With a Masters degree in management, she has broad experience in social services delivery, policy and resource planning, and in the implementation of change programmes for social services delivery, working throughout her career on a multidisciplinary and partnership basis. She has served on a range of third sector boards at local and national level. Also educated to Ph D level, she led the creation of two social work education programmes in England and Scotland. Avril has worked at national level, serving as an Inspector/Advisor of social work services at the Scottish Office.

Avril brings to the Board a broad range of skills in leadership and in change management, strong analytical skills, and extensive experience of multidisciplinary working, combined with a commitment to the values of social welfare, grounded in equality and positive recognition of diversity.

Councillor Jackie Burns

Jackie Burns was first elected in 1990 to serve as a Regional Councillor representing the Larkhall and Stonehouse area. As a South Lanarkshire Councillor, he was Vice-Chair of Social Work from 1999-2003, and the Council’s spokesperson for youth from 2003-2010, and chaired Regenfx, the Council’s Youth Trust. Since 2010, he has been the Council’s Deputy Leader, and chairs the Community Planning Partnership.

Mr Tom Steele

Mr Tom Steele, a graduate of Edinburgh University, has spent most of his career in the IT industry. Before taking early retirement he was a senior executive with Fujitsu UK for 20 years where he was responsible for a variety of large businesses providing IT solutions and professional services to major public and private sector clients throughout the UK. Prior to joining Fujitsu he was a management consultant with KPMG in Scotland.

Tom brings a wealth of leadership experience in big, complex, customer-facing organisations. His expertise includes strategy development, conducting operational reviews, implementing change programmes and managing very large groups of expert professionals. Since leaving Fujitsu, Tom has run his own business consultancy and in 2010/11 he worked for The General Register Office for Scotland as District Census Manager for Clydesdale. Tom has significant personal experience of healthcare from NHS Lanarkshire.

Mr Michael Fuller

Michael joined the Board in April 2012 after 25 years of working in and around the Scottish NHS, representing trade union members and helping to establish a system of partnership working that involved NHS Scotland staff in developing and implementing health strategy and policy. 

Michael was employed from 1987 to 2011 as Scottish NHS Officer for Unite and its predecessor unions. During that period, he was Chair of the following bodies: Scottish Partnership Forum, the Scottish Workforce and Staff Governance Committee, the Scottish Pensions Group and the Modernising Nursing in the Community Board. He was also a member of the Quality Alliance Board.

Michael was a member of the Health Improvement Scotland Board from 2011 to 2014 and the Employment Tribunals Scotland from 2010 to 2014. 

Currently, within NHS Lanarkshire, he is Chair of the Healthcare Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee and Co-Chair of both the Pharmacy Practices Committee and the Medical Appeal Panel and he is a member of the Acute Operating Management Committee, the Remuneration Committee, and both the North Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership Operating Management Committee and the Transition Integration Board.

Miss Margaret Morris

Margaret Morris became a teacher in 1983 and was a Principal Teacher of Physics before holding several senior management posts in Lanarkshire schools. Margaret was a Head Teacher in three schools, managing the successful merger of two secondary schools and an Additional Support Needs unit, before her retirement in 2010.  

Margaret has been a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland for five years and is currently the Chair of Victim Support in South Lanarkshire, as well as being an Independent Adjudicator for the Additional Support Needs Tribunals.  

Margaret brings to the board skills and experience including large scale strategic and change management; skills in performance analysis and management; finance and personnel management.

Having a background in education, she also has interests in health promotion for young people, addressing health inequalities and encouraging engagement with communities.

Councillor James Smith

Councillor Smith is Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council. Prior to joining Local Government, he worked for 23 years in a Senior Supervisory position with Scottish Power.  

In 1982, Councillor Smith was elected to Monklands District Council, and during that time, held various positions, including Convener of Personnel and Depute Leader of the Council.  

During the reorganisation of Local Authorities in 1995/96, Councillor Smith was elected as the local Councillor for Ward 9, Coatbridge West. He served as the Chairman of the Liaison Committee relating to the Director Labour Organisation. He was Vice-Convener of Community Services, before being elected in 1998 as Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council. 

Currently, Councillor Smith is a member of a number of Council Committees, viz:  Appointments; Emergencies; Environmental Services; Housing & Social Work; Human Resources; Local Review Body; Policy & Resources; Regeneration and Vacancy Monitoring.  

Councillor Smith is a Board Member of North Lanarkshire Leisure Trust, and Chair of North Lanarkshire Industries, which was launched in December 2013. He is an ex Board Member of Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Scottish Enterprise, Lanarkshire.  

Most recently, Councillor Smith was appointed as Chair of the Joint Integration Board for North Lanarkshire.

Councillor Smith was Co-Chair of the International Children’s Games Committee, when North and South Lanarkshire Councils jointly hosted the International Children’s Games in 2011.

Councillor Smith was a Justice of the Peace until the legislation on signing powers changed in December 2007.