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Executive Committee

Chair

Rikard Moen, Chief Medical Officer, Optima Health

Marketing and Communications Work Stream Lead

Rikard is an international Occupational Health Manager with 20 years of experience as a proficient health care manager with extensive knowledge in both corporate and occupational health, specialising in Occupational Medicine. He joined Optima Health in September 2019 from his role as the Chief Medical Officer for Transport for London with a focus on leading clinical excellence across the company. From this experience Rikard brings a wealth of insight on the challenges faced by both public/private healthcare and industry provision of remote, rural and humanitarian healthcare. Rikard’s profession began as a surgeon. Eager to pursue a career in Occupational Medicine, he continued studies to gain his MSc in Occupational Health, as well as MFOM and FFOM award.

 

Deputy Chair

Andy Kent, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultant, NHS Highland , 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, rural and humanitarian 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, rural and humanitarian healthcare as well as providing exceptional strategic foresight for future FRRHH 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 Tony Redmond OBE, Founder of UK-Med, Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine, Keele University and Professor of International Emergency Medicine, University of Manchester

Tony is a registered specialist in emergency medicine with a special interest in the management of severe injury. He has been involved in international emergency humanitarian assistance for almost twenty five years, organising and leading medical support to natural disasters (e.g. earthquakes in Armenia, Iran, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Haiti, Volcanic eruption and Cholera outbreak in Cape Verde) major incidents (e.g. Lockerbie Air Disaster, UN Air Crash Kosovo), conflicts(eg Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone) and complex emergencies (eg established tented hospital on Iran/Iraq border for Kurdish refugees) throughout the world.

UK-Med developed out of the South Manchester Accident Rescue Team (SMART). SMART started life as a local medical team, acting in support of the rescue and ambulance services in Manchester. In 1988 Tony led a team of eight Manchester clinicians, including Brendan Ryan and Donald Mackechnie, when a huge earthquake ripped through Armenia. Tony continued to deploy teams throughout the 1990’s and 2000s, and registered UK-Med as a charity in 1995. A step change occurred when Ebola struck West Africa in 2014. UK-Med recruited and trained the one hundred and fifty UK clinicians who worked alongside local medical teams, other NGOs and DfID to bring the outbreak under control. Tony become Chair of Trustees in January 2018, handing over to David Wightwick who was appointed as UK-Med CEO.

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, MBE 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, rural and humanitarian 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

Josette is a qualified Registered General Nurse, Intensive Care and Aviation Nurse. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Occupational Health and Healthcare Management and is specialised in Remote Healthcare, Tropical Medicine and Travel Health.

Since joining the International Criminal Court in 2008 Josette is responsible for managing and coordinating the provision of Field medical support in remote and often high risk and hazardous locations. Josette carries out Health Risk Assessments in the Field in close coordination with the United Nations. She develops and implements Medical Emergency Response Plans and MEDEVAC procedures and assesses preparedness in case of communicable diseases, outbreaks/ pandemics (Public Health Emergency of International Concern). She is also responsible for the deployment of Paramedic support to Field missions when necessary.

Through her knowledge on Remote healthcare Josette brings to the faculty the hands on experience, skills and capabilities from both a user (medic on the ground) and provider perspective.

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, Rural and Humanitarian 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

John's 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 FRRHH. 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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