November 26th 2015 | The Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh



Pennie Taylor

Journalist and Broadcaster 


Pennie Taylor is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters. A former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday.

Pennie has a particular interest in public involvement in NHS development, and has led national and local consultations on a range of issues. Having worked as Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2000 and 2002, she knows how things operate inside the health service as well as on newsdesks. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach, and stimulate, debate.  


Dr Anne Hendry

National Clinical Lead for Integrated Care, Joint Improvement Team

Anne, a consultant geriatrician and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow, holds a portfolio post with the Scottish Government and Joint Improvement Team as clinical lead for Integrated Care. 

She leads work that aims to transform care and support for older people and people with multimorbidity in Scotland. She also supports the implementation of the National Delivery Plan for Telehealth and Telecare and participates in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.  This involves knowledge exchange and collaboration with many European systems facing similar demographic challenges. 

Anne is passionate about support and care that are citizen led, fully integrate health, social care, housing, community and voluntary sectors, and are co-designed and delivered with local people, enterprise and academic partners.

Maureen Falconer

Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner's Office (Scotland)

Maureen Falconer joined the ICO in 2007. Maureen works with a variety of organisations, providing awareness-raising events to promote the Data Protection Act as a standard for good processing of personal information rather than it being viewed as a barrier. Maureen has a particular interest in the development of IT in respect of cyber security and the growth of cloud technology.

Prior to joining the ICO, Maureen worked in the Scottish Parliament as parliamentary researcher for Dennis Canavan MSP until his retirement in 2007. Coming from an academic background, Maureen lectured and researched in public administration with specific interests in education and health.

Murdoch Carberry

Chair, Information Sharing Board

Murdoch Carberry has been Chair of the national Information Sharing Board (ISB) since 2011. In that period the group has overseen the decommissioning of the national eCare framework and the establishment of a new partnership based agenda in support of integration and collaboration in health and social care. ISB has published a Strategic Information Sharing Framework (2014-20), endorsed by the eHealth Programme Board, the Local Government ICT Board and other relevant senior groups as a key document to inform local, regional and national information sharing initiatives.

An experienced public sector professional, Murdoch was previously Head of Reform and Change Management at Renfrewshire Council. At Renfrewshire since 1996, he managed at various points: Social Work Information Systems, the Corporate Business Support Service, Customer Services, ICT and the council’s Programme Management Office. He has initiated, driven and delivered a range of programmes/projects encompassing service review and redesign, technology innovation, ICT strategy development and new ways of working – producing lasting change and significant financial savings.

Dr Alisha Davies

Senior Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust

Alisha is a senior research analyst at the Nuffield Trust and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Her interests include evaluation of innovative models of health and social care, with a focus on prevention and quality improvement. She is particularly interested in working across academia and practice to inform service development. 
Prior to joining the Nuffield Trust, Alisha worked in public health roles in a primary care trust, local authority (where she led the public health input into Value Based Commissioning for frail elderly populations in North Central London) and an acute trust (supporting service re-design and evaluation in practice). 

Fiona Murphy

Associate Director - National Information and Intelligence Service, ISD Scotland

Fiona is the Associate Director for National Information & Intelligence.  She is responsible for the majority of the Information Analysts and the intelligence that they produce. These range from information on Public & Population Health topics, Primary & Secondary Care, Health & Social Care, Service Access (Elective and Unscheduled) Prescribing, Quality Indicators, NHS Resources (Costs and Workforce) and Audits.

Our role is to provide analysis of health data in Scotland, support transformation of that information into intelligence and support evidence into action, working with partners nationally and locally.

A pharmacist by background, Fiona joined NHS NSS in 2009 having spent her early career as a Prescribing advisor and more latterly as a Senior Manager in Primary & Community Care and then Acute Care as Service Manager for A&E and Medical Specialties.

Gavin Paterson

Development Officer - Self Management Partnership and Practice programme, The ALLIANCE

Gavin Paterson is the Development Officer for Self Management at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, where he leads on areas of strategic development work in relation to self management. A regular guest speaker at various universities, Gavin has been involved in the co-design of curriculums, workshops and training courses to ensure self management remains a priority at all levels of health and social care. Before joining the ALLIANCE, he developed and led an innovative project for carers whilst campaigning nationally for improved rights and recognition for young adult carers and was awarded the British Association of Social Workers Award in 2011. He is passionate about empowering people to live well and his obvious enthusiasm for self management comes both from professional and personal experience.

Zaid Tariq

Strategic Planning and Development Lead, East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Zaid Tariq is a strategic planning lead in East Renfrewshire and is passionate about working with people to deliver real, meaningful change.  He has previously worked in delivering successful changes in children and young people’s specialist services in East Glasgow, in hospitals in Ayrshire & Arran, and most recently in older people’s services in East Renfrewshire. 

Zaid has taken this previous learning into his current strategic planning role to look at the bigger picture and help ‘join-the-dots.’  

He is currently working with partners on the health and social care integration strategic plan, providing programme management advisory to the integrated care fund change programme, managing a review of how local systems respond to crisis and how this can be improved, and is a nominated digital champion for the partnership, exploring opportunities to improve the experience for everyone in supporting health and wellbeing.  

In his down-time Zaid loves to spend time with his daughter and seeing the simplicity of the world from the eyes of a three year old.


Elaine Thomson

Locality Pharmacist Team Leader, Dundee

Elaine began her career specialising in Medicines Information in the NHS and pharmaceutical industry before moving into Primary Care 15 years ago.  She has held clinical posts in primary and secondary care, has worked in Community Pharmacy and is currently Team Leader for the Locality Pharmacy service in Dundee with a clinical commitment 2 days a week in General Practice.  She works closely with medical, nursing, AHP and social work colleagues, voluntary sector and carers, to develop services for the benefit of patients across the primary-secondary care interface in Dundee including pharmaceutical input into development of early intervention and rapid response services. She is a member of the Tayside Area Pharmaceutical Committee and the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Nicola McElvanney

Chair, Optometry Scotland

Nicola McElvanney is the current Chair of Optometry Scotland.

She comes from an optical background. Her father is an optometrist in independent practice established more than 50 years, and her sister is a consultant ophthalmologist in London.

She is the immediate past chair of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area Optometric Committee, past Vice Chair of GG&C Area Clinical Forum, and current Glasgow CHP North West Sector Lead Optometrist.

Nicola runs her own independent optometry practice in the West end of Glasgow, and has previous Hospital Eye Service experience.

She is involved in projects on Low Vision Services and Community engagement together with the CHP, RNIB and Visibility Scotland. 

She has had several publications in various ophthalmology journals and has completed the Independent Prescribing course at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She is also a member of the College of Optometrists, the Association of Optometrists and the Glasgow 1912 Association.