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Non Executive Board Members 


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 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 Philip Campbell

Philip Campbell brings to the board a combination of 22 years customer service, financial, audit and inspection skills along with extensive experience of organisational reviews, efficiency and continuous improvement measures.  

Philip has held senior posts with National Express and First Group and has proven track record of delivering customer service improvements in complex organisations that are dealing with substantial change, and with financial, performance and customer challenges.

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 brings to the board 25 years of experience of working in and around the Scottish NHS, which included developing systems focusing on partnership working using a consensual approach to the implementation of Government health strategy.

Michael is a former Scottish NHS Officer for Unite; former Chair of the Scottish Partnership Forum, the Scottish Workforce & Staff Governance Committee, the Scottish Pensions Group, and the Modernising Nursing in the Community Board; and former member of the Quality Alliance Board.

Currently, he is a Board Member of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Chair of the HIS Staff Governance Committee and member of the Scottish Health Council. Michael is also a member of the Audit Committee; the Acute Operating Management Committee; and the South Lanarkshire Joint Community Health Partnership Operating Management Committee/Health and Care Partnership. He is an alternate Chair of the Pharmacy Practices Committee.

Mrs Neena Mahal, Chair

Neena Mahal was appointed Chair of NHS Lanarkshire in 2013 having served as a Non-Executive Board member since 2004 and Vice Chair of the Board since 2011. She previously chaired the South Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership  and was a member of various governance committees including clinical governance, staff governance, audit and remuneration.

She qualified as a Careers Adviser and  has also worked in the Equalities field within Education and as a Training Consultant. Neena has a particular interest in equality and diversity, change management and engagement strategies. She has extensive experience of working with young people and in community development.

Over the last 20 years she has been a Board member of various Public Bodies, charitable and voluntary sector organisations.

She is a former member of the Broadcasting Council for Scotland and former Trustee of National Museums Scotland, having served as a Trustee on the Project Executive Group which had oversight of the £46 million building and exhibition redevelopment of the Museum. 

She was also a UK Trustee for BBC Children in Need and built expertise in grant making policy development, evaluation and an understanding of issues affecting disadvantaged children and young people. 

Neena is currently a Governor of The Glasgow Academy, a member of its Education Committee and the Governor with responsibility for Staff Liaison.

Neena brings to the Lanarkshire NHS Board her wide ranging experience in governance alongside strong analytical and interpersonal skills with a good understanding of partnership working. She lives in Cumbernauld.

Councillor Jim McCabe

Jim McCabe was appointed to the Lanarkshire NHS Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2001. Jim commenced his working life as a miner, followed by spells as a fitter erector and work offshore. He worked with Strathclyde Regional Council’s Social Work Department from 1985 – 1987. In 1992 he was elected as a District Councillor with Motherwell District Council where he served as Vice Convener of Environmental Services. Following Local Authority reorganisation in 1996, he became Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council and was appointed Leader in 1998. He has recently been re-appointed as Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, following the Local Authority Elections in May 2012.

Jim is a member of the Committee of Regions in Europe and Leader of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) Labour Group. He lives in Uddingston.

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.

Mrs Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith was appointed to the Lanarkshire NHS Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2006. Sandra’s background is in community development and social housing. Formerly depute director of a housing association, she has extensive experience of regeneration, community controlled housing services, and organisational management.

Sandra was previously practice teacher in a community development training unit and a detached youth worker. She now provides consultancy services in the voluntary sector and is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Sandra is Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the South Lanarkshire Joint Community Health Partnership Operating Management Committee/Health and Care Partnership, and is a member of the Staff Governance Committee and the Remuneration Sub-Committee. She lives in Dalserf.