Meet the team

Kate Harley

Associate Director

In our organisation, Mrs Harley:

  • is responsible for our organisation's leadership and strategic development
  • manages and prioritises our resources
  • engages with staff and stakeholders
  • represents our organisation at strategic business unit level, National Services Scotland (NSS) and externally

Across a wide range of NHS functions, Mrs Harley has many years experience of information service delivery, this includes data management, statistical publication, and information development. More recently she enabled the co-ordination and delivery of the health protection services we provide at a national level.

Kate Harley

Professor Mahmood Adil

Medical Director of our organisation and Medical Director of the Information Services Division (ISD)

In our organisation, Professor Adil:

  • provides clinical strategic leadership for delivering effective national health protection services in Scotland
  • leads the professional team to ensure their effective input to the development, implementation and delivery of national and local health protection policies and programmes
  • fosters strong relationships with government, clinical and public health communities, health boards, academic institutes and key national and international organisations for improving public health services and population outcomes
  • steers the public health research and innovation agenda of our organisation

Professor Adil has 25 years of clinical, public health and management experience in the NHS and America, his roles and experience include:

  • Honorary Professor of Health Intelligence and Service Effectiveness at the University of Glasgow
  • Visiting Professor, International Public Policy Institute at the University of Strathclyde
  • National Quality and Efficiency Advisor at the Department of Health, England
  • National Quality and Efficiency Advisor at the Department of Health, England
  • Medical Director of the Care Quality Commission Establishment team
  • Head of Health Protection in north-west England
  • teaching and research at the Yale School of Public Health in America
  • alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Directs and Institute of Healthcare Improvement in America
  • postgraduate qualifications in medicine, paediatrics, public health, economics, management and health informatics

Dr Jim McMenamin

Interim Clinical Director in Health Protection and Consultant Epidemiologist in Public Health Medicine

In our organisation, Dr McMenamin:

  • leads on the seasonal flu immunisation programme
  • co-chairs the Scottish Health Protection Network Respiratory Infection group and Scottish Immunisation Programme Epidemiology and Surveillance group
  • works with EU partners in projects to demonstrate the effectiveness and public health impact of the seasonal influenza vaccine through the Influenza - Monitoring Vaccine Effectiveness (I-MOVE) and I-MOVE+ projects
  • chairs the IMOVE+ Scientific Steering Committee

Dr McMenamin graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Glasgow and worked in clinical infectious disease before gaining his membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He then went on to obtain a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and in 1996 moved into public health and a joint lecturer post between Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH) and the University of Glasgow. It was at the University of Glasgow where he gained his Masters in Public Health and a membership of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) soon followed. In 2002, he joined National Services Scotland (NSS) from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and he’s now a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH).

Dr McMenamin has written more than 100 peer reviewed papers across a range of health protection topics and has a keen interest in the support and education of those training in this specialist area.

Laura Imrie

Interim Lead Consultant for Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention and Control

In our organisation, Mrs Imrie:

  • has a clinical leadership and management role in the Public Health and Intelligence (PHI) strategic business unit of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)
  • is the professional lead for nurses in her role as Clinical Lead for Nursing in PHI in NSS

With over 20 years experience in surveillance and infection prevention and control, Mrs Imrie took up her post within our organisation in 2013. Before joining us, she was a lead Infection Prevention and Control Nurse within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and has completed a Specialist Practitioner qualification in Infection Control as well as a Masters in Infection Control.

Dr Jessica Baker

Dr Jessica Baker

In our organisation, Dr Baker:

  • provides Consultant in Public Health Medicine input to the Environmental Public Health team

Dr Baker joined the organisation in January 2019. Previously she worked at the University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health.

Lorna Boyne

Nurse Consultant in Travel and International Health (TIH)

In our organisation, Mrs Boyne:

  • leads TIH
  • provides national travel health advice and guidance
  • informs policy, service provision and outbreak support
  • oversees both our two travel health advice websites TRAVAX and fitfortravel which are key resources for the circulation of advice and guidance

Mrs Boyne has been involved in travel medicine for more than 25 years and works closely with various stakeholders across Scotland involved in travel health provision. Mrs Boyne’s background includes:

  • being a registered nurse with a Masters degree in Nursing, Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine and Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education
  • involvement in setting up the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FTM) through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) where she’s now a Fellow
  • previously serving as Honorary Secretary and also Vice Dean at RCPSG
  • being an active committee member of the Royal College of Nursing Public Health Forum, and in this role co-authoring the Travel Health Competencies in 2007, 2012, and 2018

Dr Sarah Couper

Consultant in Health Protection

In our organisation, Dr Couper:

  • is jointly responsible for our group working on gastrointestinal and zoonotic disease (GIZ)
  • undertakes and develops surveillance of GIZ infections to help inform prevention and control measures, guidance and policy; current areas of work include Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), salmonella, listeria, campylobacter

In February 2017, Dr Couper joined our organisation's GIZ team. Dr Couper is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine and has previously been a locum Consultant at Forth Valley Health Board, a Medical Reviewer for the Death Certification Review Service and a General Practitioner (GP).

Professor David Goldberg

Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Consultant Clinical Epidemiologist

In our organisation, Professor Goldberg:

  • leads the blood borne viruses (BBV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) team
  • leads on hepatitis B, hepatitis C , human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and STI programmes of work
  • chairs several UK and Scottish committees including the UK Advisory Panel for healthcare workers with BBVs and Scotland’s National Coordinating Group for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • is our organisation's interim Deputy Clinical Director

A former Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health at the University of Glasgow, Professor Goldberg has experience in a variety of posts, including:

  • Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health
  • part-time Professor of Public Health at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • current Honorary Professor of Public Health at the University of Glasgow
  • a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2014

Dr Gill Hawkins

Consultant in Health Protection

In our organisation, Dr Hawkins:

  • has joint responsiblity for our group working on gastrointestinal and zoonotic disease (GIZ)
  • is programme lead for emerging infections, zoonoses, and high consequence infectious diseases
  • is co-chair of the multi-disciplinary GIZ group of the Scottish Health Protection Network

In April 2015, Dr Hawkins joined our organisation as a Consultant in Health Protection. Prior to this, Dr Hawkins worked in health protection in NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Dr Kirsty Licence

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

In our organisation Dr Licence

  • is jointly responsible for our group working on gastrointestinal and zoonotic disease (GIZ)
  • undertakes and develops surveillance of GIZ infections to help inform prevention and control measures, guidance and policy; current areas of work include hepatitis A and hepatitis E, cryptosporidium, giardia and cholera. 

Dr Licence joined our organisation's GIZ team in December 2018 as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine.  She also has a Consultant role in Information Services Division of National Services Scotland (ISD)  and has previously worked in NHS Tayside.

Dr Michael Lockhart

Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Clinical Lead for the Public Health Microbiology team

In our organisation, Dr Lockhart:

  • ensures the successful delivery of the Public Health Microbiology workplan
  • provides microbiological input into the work of the antimicrobial resistance team

In 1989, Dr Lockhart graduated in Medicine from Dundee University. After gaining experience in orthopaedic and emergency medicine he went on to specialise in medical microbiology. He completed the medical microbiology training in Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital and went on to hold the position of Consultant Medical Microbiologist in NHS Tayside from 2000 until 2015. Dr Lockhart joined us in 2015 and in addition to working within our organisation he still participates in the NHS Tayside Medical Microbiology on call rota out-of-hours and on Friday afternoons.

Abigail Mullings

Consultant Nurse Epidemiologist

In our organisation, Mrs Mullings:

  • leads our Community Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Health Protection programme
  • is the strategic partner for the Care Inspectorate and works in collaboration with them and other key community stakeholders to prevent infection in health and social care settings
  • creates collaborative links between our organisation, the Scottish Government, the Care Inspectorate and Health Protection teams

Mrs Mullings has over 30 years nursing experience and has worked in specialist in epidemiology and infection prevention for almost 20 years. In that time, she:

  • joined the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) National Surveillance programme in the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health in 2003 as a national HAI Surveillance Senior Nurse, prior to this she was an Infection Control Nurse
  • has been a Nurse Consultant Epidemiologist since 2007
  • has just returned from a five year seconded post at the Scottish Government where she worked as an Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Professional Advisor to the Chief Nursing Officer and Scottish ministers
  • she is a Nursing and Midwifery Council ( NMC) Registered Nurse and has a Masters in Public Health

Dr Colin N Ramsay

Consultant Epidemiologist

In our organisation, Dr Ramsay:

  • leads for Environmental Public Health (EPH)
  • supporting stakeholders including NHS boards, local authorities, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water, Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQR), Scottish Government and others by providing advice on health risks associated with environmental hazards, specifically in relation to risk assessment, risk management and risk communication

After general medical training, Dr Ramsay completed training in Public Health and then specialised within Public Health in Health Protection with a particular interest in the environment. He has been working with our organisation, and its immediate predecessor organisation, the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health, as a Consultant Epidemiologist for EPH since 1999.

Significant work includes:

  • supporting development of a multi-agency health risk assessment associated with mining legacy, read the Human Health Risk Assessment of the implications of metal contamination of water sources around Leadhills and Wanlockhead on the NHS Lanarkshire website
  • development of a briefing paper on air pollution and mortality in Scotland, view the paper on our website

Annette Rankin

Nurse Consultant in Infection Control

In our organisation, Mrs Rankin:

  • is the Consultant Clinical Lead for the infection control in the built environment and decontamination programme
  • works closely with colleagues in Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) on ventilation, water, built environment, reusable medical devices, as well as communal healthcare equipment and the environmental cleaning agenda
  • leads the HAI aspect of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) agenda

Mrs Rankin has been in the field of infection prevention and control since 1995 and worked in NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Forth Valley and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. In 2009 she joined our organisation as a Nurse Consultant. In addition to possessing a BSc and MSc, she recently obtained a City & Guilds qualification in Water and Ventilation and leads on these subjects from a Health Associated Infections (HAI) perspective.

Dr Lisa Ritchie

Nurse Consultant in Infection Control

In our organisation, Dr Ritchie leads the:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Group
  • National Policy and Guidance and Outbreaks (NPGO) programme
  • Neonatal Infection Reduction (NNIR) programme

Dr Ritchie joined our organisation in 2009. Prior to this she had worked as a Senior Nurse in health protection and infection prevention and control since 1998. In 2018 she completed a PhD on the ‘effectiveness of admission risk assessment and pre-emptive patient cohorting in the control of Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus cross-transmission’.

Dr Janine Thoulass

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

In our organisation, Dr Thoulass:

  • Leads on surveillance
  • Provides Consultant in Public Health Medicine input to the Antimicrobial Resistance Healthcare Associated Infection team

Dr Thoulass joined HPS as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in December 2018

Prior to this she completed the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) fellowship programme (European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training) for which she was based at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin.