Trustees and Senior Staff
Patron: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has been Patron of St Andrew’s First Aid since 2003. The Princess Royal takes a keen interest in the work undertaken by our volunteers and the outstanding contribution they make in supporting the charity’s mission of equipping the people of Scotland, through widespread public education and training, to provide prompt and appropriate first aid to anyone suffering injury or sudden illness.
We are proud to have The Princess Royal as our Patron and hugely appreciate her continued support.
President: The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry
His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry is President of St Andrew’s First Aid. His Grace takes a keen interest in the work done by our volunteers in promoting first aid competency and educating the public in first aid skills to make individuals and communities more resilient.
The Buccleuch family has held the presidency of St Andrew’s First Aid since the early 1900s, and we are proud to have His Grace as our President and hugely appreciate his continued support.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Mr Rudy Crawford MBE BSc (Hons) MB ChB FRCS (Glasg) FRCEM
Mr Crawford has been associated with St Andrew’s First Aid since 1966, initially as a First Aider and a volunteer when he undertook teaching and public duties. Following his medical studies, he trained in general surgery prior to specialising in Accident and Emergency Medicine and Surgery. He recently retired as a Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
During his time with St Andrew’s he has acted as a lecturer, examiner and arbiter, and served as Honorary Surgeon. He served as Commandant in Chief for 10 years and was appointed Chairman in 2003. Rudy is a member of the Tripartite Medical Committee of the three UK Voluntary Aid Societies (St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and St Andrew’s First Aid) and is a co-author of the authorised First Aid Manual of these societies.
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees: Ms Joan Forrest DPE MA (Ed)
Ms Forrest has been a member of the Board since the 1990s. Her background is in education and training having been a teacher for many years then, latterly, a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion at the University of Strathclyde. Her specialist areas included the development and running of adult training courses for a range of professionals and contributing to research and development in general. Although she has now retired from that role, she keeps up to date with current developments.
She has successfully completed her Standard First Aid course and Baby And Child course. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, cooking and following her football team.
Commandant in Chief: Dr Cathy Johnman PhD MPH DIPFMS PGCAP FFPH MFSRHC FRSPH MBChB
Dr Johnman is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She is a Member of the Faculty of Public Health and a Member of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care.
Cathy contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Her research interests are in ageing in cardiovascular disease and sexual and reproductive health. A passionate medical educationalist, Cathy has an active role lecturing undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in Public Health.
Cathy trained in medicine at the University of Glasgow and following this she undertook clinical medical training in Glasgow and the Lake District, qualifying and working as a General Practitioner. She began SpR training in public health at NHS Argyle and Clyde (moving to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde following the Health Board merger) in 2006 and became Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in 2008. In addition to her clinical and academic responsibilities, Cathy is an associate editor of the journal ‘Public Health’.
Depute Commandant in Chief: Dr Ian Morrison PhD FRCP Edi
Dr Morrison is a Consultant Neurologist at Ninewells Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Ian graduated from the University of Glasgow, completing his clinical training in the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow, and has been in his post in Tayside since 2011. He has a specialist clinical interest in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex sleep behaviour disorders and epilepsy, and is the author of a number of articles on these subjects.
Ian is also the Chair of the Tayside and West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network for Epilepsy. Ian’s main research interests include understanding the pathogenesis of both rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement sleep disorders and also the forensic implications of sleep behaviours. He also participates in trials for the treatment of epilepsy.
Ian has been a volunteer with St Andrew’s for over 20 years and was appointed as a Trustee in 2013.
Mr Willie Cooper
Mr Cooper has been a volunteer with St Andrew’s since the age of 15 and was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December 2013. Professionally, Willie trained as a Chemical Engineer and spent his early career within the nuclear industry, initially as a Process Engineer before moving into an operations management role. He currently works within the chemical industry and now specialises in learning and development, particularly in safety critical systems. His interests lie in safety culture, operational effectiveness and organisational change.
Within St Andrew’s, Willie continues to undertake an active operational role, as well as assisting the leadership development programme. He believes passionately in volunteering and in the powerful role that volunteers play in building strong communities.
Mr Derek Ellery
Mr Ellery is a corporate lawyer with national law firm DWF and is a specialist in corporate, finance and insolvency law. In addition to his client work, Derek is Chief Counsel to DWF. As such, he heads DWF’s in-house Group Legal Function, which provides legal counsel, advice and support to the firm and its business. Derek has significant business management experience, having been managing partner of his firm’s Scottish business for five years. Derek’s interests include golf, cycling and, of course, St Andrew’s First Aid.
Mrs Morven Fioretti RGN RM BSc (Hons) BA (DN) Dipm BSc (Hons) Mid
Mrs Fioretti joined St Andrew’s First Aid in 1992 as Depute Commandant of a new volunteer group being set up in an area where St Andrew’s hadn’t had a presence before. Since then she has always served as an Officer and is currently the Commandant of East Ross Company. She is a Trainer/Assessor and is passionate about delivering quality training and encouraging members to develop.
Morven is a qualified nurse and midwife and currently works as a community midwife in Tain. As part of her work, she also teaches HypnoBirthing, obstetric emergencies, and delivers moving and handling training. She is also a supervisor of midwives, which is an important role in protecting the public, and a Nurse Prescriber. Morven enjoys learning and holds three degrees: two honours degrees – one in science and one in midwifery – and a degree in district nursing. She also has diplomas in massage, hypnosis and NLP programming.
Morven is a mother of three children and her outside interests include hillwalking and cycling.
Mr Mark Galloway
Mr Galloway joined St Andrew’s First Aid in 2006, completing his first aid as part of the service of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. After several years work on the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Area Executive Committee he was nominated to serve as a Trustee in 2015. He is a qualified financial adviser and Chartered Banker, with over 21 years’ experience in financial services. He is a Trustee and the Treasurer of Comfort Rwanda and Congo. Outside work and first aid, he enjoys running (half marathons) and golf.
Mr Peter Hamilton
Mr Hamilton’s professional career was spent in the telecommunications industry, retiring as Operations Manager with British Telecom. Following early retiral, Peter was involved in the voluntary sector serving 10 years with the Glasgow Childrens’ Panel as a member and tutor. During this period he was also a member of Greater Glasgow Health Council, the last four years as Chair. From 2003 to 2011 he served as a Non-Executive Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. He was active on various committees, including Chair of the Public Involvement Committee and a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.
Peter is still involved in a lay capacity serving on a number of committees, including Patient Treatment Request Appeals and GP Out of Hours Performance. In 2012 he was appointed a lay member of the Lay Advisory Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and recently appointed as a Lay Examiner of OSCE examinations for trainee surgeons. He was appointed as a Trustee of St Andrew’s First Aid in 2012, and until recently was also a Trustee of the charity Turning Point Scotland.
Peter is married with two sons and three grandchildren, his interests include travelling, photography and, reluctantly, gardening.
Mr John Harden MB ChB MRCS FCEM
Mr Harden qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1996. Following surgical training in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Yorkhill Hospital, and the Victoria Infirmary, he gained membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999, and later as a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine in 2007. He is currently a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Wishaw General Hospital in North Lanarkshire.
John’s specialist interests include clinical quality improvement and clinical governance, resuscitation skills, stroke thrombolysis and emergency ultrasound, and he is the Clinical Lead for ultrasound at Wishaw General Hospital. He is also a Trainer in advanced paediatric and adult life support courses.
Mr Jim Lindsay BSc (SocSci) MBA FCIBS
Mr Lindsay retired after almost 40 years in banking in early 2013 and became a Trustee of St Andrew’s First Aid shortly after that. He was Chief Executive of Airdrie Savings Bank from 2000 until his retirement, and prior to that he was with The Royal Bank of Scotland for 27 years.
He is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and was a member of the Council of that institute for more than 20 years, serving as President from 2011 to 2013. He was also a member of the Board of Management of Coatbridge College for 12 years, serving latterly as Vice Chair.
As well as the main Board of Trustees of St Andrew’s First Aid, Jim is currently Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Chairman of the commercial subsidiary, St Andrew’s First Aid Training and Supplies Limited.
Dr Alan Mitchell
Dr Mitchell was appointed as a Trustee of St Andrew’s First Aid in 2013, having been involved with the organisation as Honorary Medical Officer for many years. Alan first developed an interest in first aid as a member of the Boys’ Brigade, which inspired him to go on to study medicine at Glasgow University from where he graduated in 1991.
Alan is a General Practitioner by background. Having developed a keen interest in public health, in 2009 Alan was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. Alan works part-time as a GP at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre and is also an adviser to the Council of Europe on the healthcare of persons in detention.
Dr Neil Ramsay MBChB BSc (Hons)
Dr Ramsay has been a volunteer with St Andrew’s First Aid since the age of 16 and it was these initial experiences as a young First Aider that helped inspire him to study medicine at Glasgow University.
Graduating in 2016, Neil currently works as an Academic Foundation Doctor in NHS Tayside and as an Associate Clinical Tutor with the University of Dundee teaching undergraduate medical students.
During his time at university Neil helped to form St Andrew’s’ first university based volunteer group and led it for three years. He believes strongly in developing young people and the transformational effect volunteering can have on people of all ages.
Neil is still an active volunteer and was appointed as a Trustee in 2017. Outside of work and first aid, Neil is a keen hillwalker, pianist and holds a black belt in karate.
Mr George Watt MBE
Mr Watt joined St Andrew’s as a volunteer in 1949 where he was very active in participating in public events, particularly at Ibrox stadium and the ice rink in Glasgow. He joined Headquarters as Assistant Corps Adjutant in 1957 and was appointed Liaison Officer to the Scottish Home and Health Department in 1959, responsible for the recruitment and training of volunteers to the National Hospital Service Reserve enrolled through St Andrew’s.
He was appointed Assistant Secretary of St Andrew’s in 1960 and represented the organisation on a number of national committees, including the Tripartite Committee of the Voluntary Aid Societies, the Scottish Accident Prevention Council, the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Start campaign, and the BBC’s Save a Life. He became Depute Director General in 1988 and Acting Director General in 1994. On the appointment of a new Director General late in 1995, he took on the roles of Training Manager and Corps Support Manager and retired in 1997. On his retirement, he was elected as a Trustee of St Andrew’s.
Chief Executive: Mr Stuart Callison
Stuart has been the Chief Executive of St Andrew’s First Aid since November 2008, and was instrumental in establishing the training and supplies business as a standalone social enterprise. A qualified accountant and lawyer, he previously worked as the Deputy Chief Executive of the urban regeneration charity Gorbals Initiative, with responsibility for business and community development, and with the National Audit Office as a value for money consultant attached to the Department of the Environment and Scottish Office.
Stuart has a keen interest in politics and current affairs, including a Masters degree in Social and Public Policy. He was until recently a regular club cricketer and still an occasional chess player and general sports enthusiast, following various (usually unsuccessful) teams in cricket, football, rugby and basketball.
Head of Finance and IT: Mr James Lloyd
James joined St Andrew’s First Aid in July 2016 when he became Head of Finance and IT.
James is a Fellow of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked in several finance roles within third sector organisations over the last 14 years. These organisations included Cube Housing Association, Turning Point Scotland and The Mungo Foundation. James also has experience in working in the private sector, including roles within a large car company and some accounting practices. He has sound knowledge of statutory reporting requirements for charities and considerable experience in various computer systems.
Head of Volunteering: Mrs Sheila McPherson
Sheila has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 30 years, as both a volunteer and employee. Having a strong passion and commitment to volunteering she still volunteers occasionally with various organisations to keep her up to date with current practice.
Sheila worked with the British Red Cross for 20 years and also worked with RNID (now action for Hearing Loss) and Diabetes UK Scotland before she came to St Andrew’s First Aid. She was also involved with the Miscarriage Association for 32 years as both a volunteer and Trustee. For 5 years Sheila was the Vice Chair of the Scottish Association of Volunteer Managers and delivered a range of volunteer management workshops and presentations as well as being a keynote speaker at conferences across the UK and abroad.