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Executive Committee


Alistair Fraser, Vice-President Health, Shell International B.V.

Alistair brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the challenges faced in remote and rural healthcare delivery and has been the driving force behind FRRH since its inception. With a wealth of experience in delivering integrated strategic health outcomes in corporate, occupational, major project, remote and community health. Designing and implementation of cultural change programs and positive psychological interventions that improve human health, performance, resilience and psychological capital whilst delivering measurable improved outcomes in safety and productivity for business are just a few of Alistair’s areas of expertise. Alistair also has experience in design and implementation of impact assessment, social investment, HIV and malaria management programs. 

Deputy Chair

Rikard Moen, Head of Health, Transport for London and Marketing and Comms Worstream Lead

Rikard is an international Occupational Health Manager with 19 years of experience as a proficient health care manager with extensive knowledge in both corporate and occupational health, specialising in Occupational Medicine. From this experience Rikard brings a wealth of insight on the challenges faced by both public/private healthcare and industry provision of remote and rural healthcare. Rikard’s profession began as a surgeon. He was then seconded as the Chief Medical Officer and personal physician to a prominent member of a Middle-East Royal Family.

Honorary Secretary

Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, United Global Healthcare Governance WS L

Dr Phil Sharples has been Senior Medical Director at UnitedHealthcare Global Medical since 2006 and is responsible for the clinical care delivery to UnitedHealthcare Global Solutions clients. Phil brings considerable knowledge of the requirements of providing healthcare within a diverse range of remote and rural settings.

Honorary Treasurer

Ross Howarth, Managing Director, RH Limited, Finance and Membership WS Lead

Ross brings to the faculty a strong insight into the health tech sector and the innovations and developments emerging within remote and rural health as well as providing exceptional strategic foresight for future FRRH activity.  He is a Non-Exec director on a number of UK healthcare companies, including private equity/angel investor backed digital health start-ups, mature occupational health services companies, global health tech businesses. He has also provided ad-hoc advice to a number of projects involving the NHS in Scotland and NHS Digital in England re health innovation, remote and rural health and public health prevention strategies.

RCSEd Council Representative

Professor Angus Watson, Consultant General and Colorectal surgeon and is Director of Rsearch and Development at NHS Highland

Angus Watson is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and Caithness General Hospital, Wick. He has been Director of Research, Development and Innovation in NHS Highland since 2010 and holds honorary chairs at the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling and the Highlands and Islands. He is a national Clinical Advisor for Health and Social Care Innovation. He has over 170 peer reviewed publications and a grant income of over £8.7 million.

HSET Representative

Dr Colville Laird, Former Faculty of Pre Hospital Care Chair and Former Medical Director, BASICS Scotland

Colville was a GP in Auchterarder for 31 years and brings a plethora of experience from his exceptional career and contributions to immediate care.  He holds the Fellowship and was an examiner in Immediate Care from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care for 4 years. Also, Pre-hospital Care editor of The EMJ for 6 years, is an associate editor of The Scandinavian Journal Of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine and is an Honorary Professor at The University of Central Lancashire. He is the Examination convenor for the Diploma in Urgent Medical Care Of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

External Representative

Professor Sandra MacRury, Consultant Physician, NHS Highland, Chair of Clinical Diabetes, Chair and Academic Lead of the Scottish Rural Health Partnership, and Head of Rural health & Wellbeing, University of the Highlands and Islands

Professor Sandra MacRury brings to FRRH and extensive insight into research in remote and rural healthcare and has played a fundamental role in diabetes education and its delivery in remote and rural settings.  She has a particular interest in managing diabetic ketoacidosis and has been instrumental in helping to develop the Scottish Protocol for managing DKA and other patient resources such as an interactive website and Ketocard.

External Representative

Josette Morrison, Occupational Health Nurse, International Criminal Court and Education Work Stream Lead


Special Advisor

Sir Lewis Ritchie, Mackenzie Chair of General Practice, University of Aberdeen

 We are honored to have the immeasurable experience and knowledge that Sir Lewis Ritchie brings to the Faculty of Remote and Rural Healthcare. Sir Lewis worked as a medical doctor working in general practice and medical research and contributed a great deal of commitment and moral to frontline staff and was a regular visitor to NHS 24 centres. Sir Lewis actively contributes to fundraising for and the promotion of the RNLI. 

Special Advisor

Professor John Duncan, OBE,  Head of Teaching – Inverness, University of Aberdeen

Johns substantial experience as a remote and rural surgeon and leader in the remote and rural community has been a key driving force and crucial to the foundation of FRRH. John was previously director of Undergraduate Teaching, Inverness, and honorary senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his services in healthcare in the north of Scotland.


Alison Rooney, CEO, RCSEd

Alison Rooney joined the College as Chief Executive in October 2008. Prior to this, she worked in both the private and public sectors, holding senior management and governance roles in industry, education and the Civil Service. Alison is Company Secretary for each of the College's companies. The Chief Executive attends FRRH executive committee meetings.

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