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Executive Committee


Rikard Moen, Chief Medical Officer, Optima Health

Marketing and Communications Work Stream 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.


Deputy Chair

Andy Kent, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultant, NHS highland trust, Surgical Lead, UK Med, Feb 2020 , Medical Advisor, Halo Trust

Andy was born in Malaysia and brought up and schooled in Fife, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh University Medical School and whilst there become a commissioned army officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp. He graduated in 1987. He trained in the services to become a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and was deployed throughout the globe including active duty is several austere and hostile environments. He completed a fellowship year in Baltimore, USA, specialising in trauma management. He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in NHS Highland in 2002 and continues to deliver both elective and trauma surgical services. Andy has always been engaged in training and humanitarian work. He continues to teach on Advanced Orthopaedic, ATLS, and primary trauma courses and very recently has been appointed as the Surgical Director for UK-Med. Andy is a medical advisor for the HALO trust and has recently deployed to Mosul for 2 months to support Iraqi colleagues manage battlefield civilian injuries. Andy has was appointed as Surgical Lead for UK Med in February 2020. He is the recipient of the RCSEd 2020 Tuanku Muhriz Fellowship.


Honorary Secretary

Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, United Global Healthcare Solutions

Governance, Purpose and Structures Work Stream Lead 

Phil brings considerable knowledge of the requirements of providing healthcare within a diverse range of remote and rural settings. Phil gained this experience from a career spanning service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, general medical practice and international assignments for a major energy company. Since 2006, Phil has worked for the world’s largest healthcare company supporting  globally mobile populations by overseeing and implementing  quality driven clinical services to corporate clients which deliver customer-centric solutions that enable better outcomes even in the world’s most challenging environments.


Honorary Treasurer

Ross Haworth, Managing Director, RH Limited

Membership, Sponsorship and Accreditation Work Stream 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.


Professor Angus Watson, Consultant General and Colorectal surgeon and is Director of Research 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.  Angus was the recipient of the RCSEd 2019 Tuanku Muhriz Fellowship.

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.


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.

Josette Morrison, Occupational Health Nurse, International Criminal Court

Education, Capabilities and Accreditation 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 front line staff and was a regular visitor to NHS 24 centers. 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.

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