Board Members

Pat Watters - Chair of the Board

Pat Watters - Chair of the Board

Pat first entered local government in 1982 as a member for East Kilbride serving on Strathclyde Regional Council, before moving to South Lanarkshire Council in 1995. He served as COSLA President from 2001 until taking up the post of SFRS Board Chair in 2012.

Bob Benson

Bob Benson

Bob is a former Scotland Director of the Disability Rights Commission, Executive Director for Community Development in England and Wales with Scope, and Director of Disability Scotland. He is currently a trustee of Foundation Scotland, and Chair of their Innovation and Impact Committee. He is serving a third term as a member of the Transport Scotland, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS).

Anne Buchanan

Anne Buchanan

Anne qualified as a registered nurse in the 1970s, trained as a social worker in the 80’s and had a career in the NHS spanning 40 years. She worked in the NHS in England and Scotland and retired from her post as Board Nurse Director for NHS Fife in 2013. Anne has held previous non-executive director posts in both the NHS and the 3rd sector, and worked with Alzheimer Scotland for 3 years until December 2016.

James Campbell

James Campbell

Jimmy served the communities of three fire and rescue services in Scotland in a career that spanned over 36 years, rising to the position of Chief Officer in charge of Fife and, subsequently, Lothian and Borders fire and rescue services. Working with organisations across the public, private and third sectors, he has led a number of partnership initiatives designed to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Jimmy was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2004 for his service to fire and rescue.

Kirsty Darwent

Kirsty Darwent

Kirsty has wide ranging leadership experience within the charitable and public sector and an academic background in psychology and systemic psychotherapy. She is Chair of Relationships Scotland, Vice-Chair of the Board of NHS Ayrshire and Arran Director, a Director with the Family Therapy Training Network and a Councillor with South Ayrshire Council.

Marieke Dwarshuis

Marieke Dwarshuis

Marieke’s career in Scotland spans over 20 years in the public and voluntary sector in a wide range of roles including Director of Consumer Focus Scotland and positions at the Scottish Government, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Citizens Advice Scotland and Shelter Scotland. She is currently a non-executive Board member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, Vice Chair of Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd and is a member of the Board of Food Standards Scotland.

Michael Foxley

Michael Foxley

Michael lives on a working croft in Lochaber in the West Highlands. A recently retired GP, he is now an active member of the Highland NHS Board, Chair of West Highland College UHI, Chair of the FE Regional Board of UHI and a member of the UHI Court.

Robin Iffla

Robin Iffla

Robin is a director of an Equality and Diversity Training Company which delivers training and facilitation to public, private and third sector organisations. With over 30 years of public service, he has worked in local authorities, served as a police officer and equalities officer, and as a consultant in the fire and rescue service. A patron of several charitable trusts, Robin is also the Dean of the Merchant Guildry of Stirling and serves as a Deputy Lieutenant for the Lieutenancy of Stirling and Falkirk.

Bill McQueen

Bill McQueen

Bill held a range of senior management posts in several Departments of the Scottish Government, with responsibility for policy development, strategic planning and operational delivery. Latterly, he was Deputy Chief Executive of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service where he had responsibility for corporate services, policy and finance matters. In that role he was also a member of the Government’s Civil Contingencies Group and Emergency Action Team. In previous roles he led work on reviewing Departmental structures in Scottish Government and did work on corporate services for the Prime Minister’s Efficiency Unit. He was a member of the Accounts Commission for Scotland from 2008 to 2014, is currently a non-executive Board member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board and sits as a lay member of the Employment Tribunal Service for Scotland.

Sid Patten

Sid Patten

Sid has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sector. As a Non-Exec, he has experience of working with Board members, executive staff and stakeholders of public and charitable bodies on the challenges of fiscal contraction and the process of change.

Primrose Stark

Primrose Stark

Primrose is an experienced Board Member having served in the Private and Public Sectors as both Executive and Non-Executive Director. She was most recently the Chair of Gen2 Engineering and Technology Limited which specialises in the provision of training to the nuclear, manufacturing and engineering sectors and as a Non-Executive Director for 6 years on the Board of David MacBrayne Ltd which owns CalMac Ferries. She is a former Board Member of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and was an HR Director in the Rail Industry. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development with a focus on business transformation and change management.

Fiona Thorburn

Fiona Thorburn

Fiona’s career spanned roles in publishing, utilities and financial services. She has successfully led significant change management functions, played a key strategic leadership role in the delivery of major change programmes and has an MBA from Strathclyde Business School. She is currently running her own business designing, making and restoring furniture.

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