Bringing together experts in improvement science

Our fellows

Our fellows work in a range of quality improvement fields, including research, paedagogy, innovation, and practice within health and social care.  We have developed strong international collaborations in the field of quality improvement.


Dr Cameron Stark

Honorary Reader, Aberdeen University and Consultant in Public Health, NHS Highland

Cameron has extensive experience in quality improvement within health and social care services, including collaborative programmes, knowledge transfer work, and the use of Lean. 


Dr Michelle Beattie

Lecturer, University of the Highlands and Islands

Michelle is an academic with a specific focus on healthcare quality improvement and previous clinical and managerial experience in nursing.  She is extensively engaged in teaching and research in this field.

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Professor Hugo van Woerden

Director of Public Health and Policy, NHS Highland and Visiting Professor, University of the Highlands and Islands

Director of Public Health and Policy, NHS Highland and Visiting Professor, University of the Highlands and Islands

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Anne Gent

Lean Coach and former Director of Human Resources, NHS Highland

Anne is Lean Coach, Lean Leader and former executive lead for Quality Improvement and Director of Human Resources for NHS Highland in April 2004. Anne trained as a general and sick children’s nurse and worked as a Health Visitor before moving into a range of management roles.

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Gavin Hookway

Head of Kaizen Promotion Office, NHS Highland

Gavin has extensive experience of improvement science in industry and the NHS.  He has a key role in the coordination of quality improvement in NHS Highland, particularly in relation to training in Lean methods. Gavin is a Certified Lean Leader and Externally Accredited Lean Coach

Gavin won the 'Quality Improvement Champion' award at the 2015 Scottish Health Awards.


Maryanne Gillies

Senior Quality Improvement Lead (Patient Safety)

Maryanne has a keen interest in the use of quality improvement methods to improve patient safety.  Recent achievements include achieving significant reductions in falls, sepsis and other key parameters in inpatients in NHS Highland.

Maryanne is an IHI Improvement Advisor, and won the Institute of Healthcare Management's 'Scotland's Top Healthcare Manager Award' in 2016.

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Clare Morrison MBE

Senior Clinical Quality Lead, NHS Highland

Clare is interested in using improvement science to develop innovative services and reduce clinical variation.  She is a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow, and a graduate of the Intermountain Advanced Training Programme in quality improvement.


Gill McVicar MBE

Director of Transformation and Quality Improvement for NHS Highland

Gill has a clinical and quality background trained as a nurse and midwife, District Nurse, and has a degree in Community Health with a Post Grad certificate in Health Economics. She is also a Certified Lean Leader and trainee Coach. She has held several managerial posts in NHS Highland over a period of over 20 years.


Kay Cordiner

Value Management

Project Lead

Kay is the Value Management Project lead for NHS Highland, working in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), focusing on using continuous value improvement along with lean methodology to empower front line staff to manage quality, safety, experience and cost in real time.

Kay is a registered nurse with a background in Critical and Respiratory care.