Our Board

JIT is co-sponsored by, and has shared accountability to, Scottish Government, CoSLA (acting on behalf of Scottish Local Authorities) and NHS Scotland (“The National Partners”); acting in strategic partnership with the Third, Independent and Housing sectors.  We are governed by the Joint Improvement Partnership Board made up of senior executive representatives of each of the partners.

Board Members are appointed on a 3-year basis, with the current Board appointed on 1 April 2013:

Professor Jim McGoldrick

Independent Chair

Professor James McGoldrick was Chairman of the Fife NHS Board and Vice Chair of the Fife Community Planning Partnership Board until the end of April 2013. He has also served as a Member on the NHS National Services Scotland board and Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. He was the Vice Principal of the University of Abertay and Professor of Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School.

He is a Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (previously serving as Vice President) and retains an active academic interest in strategic Human Resource Development (HRD). He is a leadership and management consultant in health and higher education and a Key Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He was appointed as Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council in August 2013.

Angela Leitch

Chief Executive, East Lothian Council


Annie Gunner Logan

Director, Coalition of Care Providers Scotland

Annie Gunner Logan is the Director of CCPS – the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland. She began her career in Scotland’s public and voluntary sectors at SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) in 1988, and subsequently held posts in policy, information and public affairs at Children in Scotland and the Health Education Board for Scotland.

On behalf of CCPS, Annie serves on a number of Scottish Government advisory and reference groups, including the Health and Community Care Delivery Group and the advisory groups for legislation on Self Directed Support and Health and Social Care Integration. In 2013 she was appointed by the Deputy First Minister to serve on the Expert Working Group on Welfare in an Independent Scotland and in 2014 she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government

Cathie Cowan

Chief Executive, NHS Orkney


Colin Mackenzie BA, DSW CQSW

Chief Executive, Aberdeenshire Council

With a background in specialist social work posts in criminal justice and child care, Colin moved into a number of management posts in Angus, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. In 2002 he was appointed Director of Housing & Social Work within Aberdeenshire Council and became the Chief Executive for Aberdeenshire Council in December 2008.

A past President of the Association of Directors of Social Work, Colin is currently co-chair of the Scottish Government’s Health & Community Care Delivery Group, a member of the Governance & Accountability Working Group; the Integration of Adult Health & Social Care Bill Advisory Group and the Infrastructure Action Plan – Step Change 2015 Programme Board.

Geoff Huggins

Acting Director – Health & Social Care Integration, Scottish Government


Ian Welsh

Chief Executive, The Health & Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland

Ian Welsh is Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and has extensive experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors in executive, non-executive and consultancy roles, as well as a background in teaching.  He is a member of Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, chairing its Staff Governance Committee and is currently Vice Chair of East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Integration Board.

He currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Quality Alliance Board, the Digital Participation Ministerial Advisory Group and the Ministerial Steering Group for the 2020 Route Map. He is also the Chair of Ayr United Football Academy and Ayr Gaiety Partnership Limited, a board member of Borderline Theatre Company Limited and Chair of University of the West of Scotland Court.

John Burns

Chief Executive, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

John Burns joined the Health Service in 1983 where he started in Personnel before moving into Hospital Administration in Dundee and Glasgow. 2001 saw John move to Dumfries and Galloway to take up post as Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity NHS Trust before becoming Director of Health Services/Deputy Chief Executive for NHS Dumfries and Galloway. He was appointed Chief Executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway in May 2004, where he remained until starting his current post as Chief Executive for NHS Ayrshire and Arran in February 2012.

John is currently chairing Programme Boards for Financial and HR Shared Services, chairs the Management Steering Group and Co-chairs a Programme Board for Development of General Practice in Scotland. He is an alumni of the Windsor Leadership Trust having most recently participated in the “Experienced Strategic Leaders Programme” in 2013. John is a Member of the Institute of Health Care Management.

Kenneth Hogg

Director – Local Government & Communities, Scottish Government

Kenneth Hogg is Director for Local Government and Communities within the Scottish Government. Current challenges include leading public service reform and improving the delivery of outcomes for the people of Scotland. In previous roles Kenneth led reform of police and fire & rescue services, and led public policy in areas such as public health and transport. Kenneth has wider executive and non-executive experience in the private and third sectors, and has worked internationally. He is a Chartered Director.

Martin Sime

Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Martin Sime has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the umbrella body for the third sector in Scotland, since 1991. Throughout his career with SCVO Martin has been at the sharp end of engagement with Governments, with the creation and workings of the Scottish Parliament and with the development and growth of the third sector in Scotland.

He is a regular contributor to debates about public policy in Scotland and was an expert adviser to the Christie Commission on the reform of public services. As well as the JIPB, Martin’s current appointments include the Public Services Reform Board, the National Health and Care Delivery Group and the Fred Edwards Trust.

Mary Taylor

Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Mary has been CEO of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations since July 2010. She has over 30 years experience in the Scottish housing sector and spent 20 years until July 2010 teaching and researching at the University of Stirling, with a variety of secondments. While working as an academic, Mary advised the Scottish Parliament on stock transfer and undertook a secondment with the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Her practice career ranges from Housing Management in SSHA in the Grampian area and in the west of Scotland, to Director of Elderpark Housing Association in Govan. Mary also previously served on the Board of the SFHA, latterly as a voluntary committee member of Clydesdale HA, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Ranald Mair

Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Ranald is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body for private and voluntary Care Homes and Care at Home and Housing Support services in Scotland.

Prior to coming to Scottish Care in 2007, Ranald had an extensive career in Social Work and Social Care across a range of settings. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stirling University and his professional training at Nottingham. He also has a Post Qualifying Award in Child Care Studies from Newcastle University and the Certificate in Social Services Management and Leadership from Robert Gordon’s.  Ranald is also involved in a range of Scottish Government planning groups for services for Older People.

Ron Culley

Chief Officer – Health & Social Care, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities




The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that JIT fulfils its aims and objectives and promotes the efficient and effective use of resources and will also ensure on behalf of the partners that the overall remit for JIT as described in the MOU is fulfilled. In doing this, the Board will ensure that JIT acts on behalf of the whole partnership to accelerate service improvements and provide practical support to all health and social care partnerships to:

  • Achieve the outcomes and targets agreed with the partners;
  • Lead the delivery of health and social care reform to drive local change and improvement;
  • Improve performance by developing sustainable solutions to challenges that inhibit the provision of best value and best quality care and outcomes;
  • Develop more integrated approaches to the redesign, commissioning and delivery of health, housing and social care services;
  • Promote innovation, adaptive leadership and transformational change;
  • Be a source of learning and build capacity and capability for improvement more generally;
  • Collaborate with other improvement organisations and scrutiny partners to effectively target respective resources and expertise;
  • Contribute to policy development and implementation.

All enquiries related to the Board should be directed to alistair.hodgson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.