NHS Dumfries & Galloway

NHS Board

Health Board Management Structure


Nicholas Morris 

Nicholas Morris has over 33 years’ experience working within NHS Health and Social care services, with ten years’ experience as Executive Director of a large Mental Health and Social care NHS Trust. He had director responsibilities over that time for Clinical and Corporate Governance, Nurse Director, Strategic Planning and Business continuity. Nicholas originally trained as a Psychiatric Nurse, specialising in acute care and then moved into community mental health care within a social services environment. His career then progressed to a range of strategic planning roles in mental health care, at Health Board, Regional and Department of Health level.

Nicholas has specialised in developing stakeholder approaches to service redesign, with a focus on utilising public health data and community needs assessments in order to drive through increased equality of care provision. He has implemented major service re-design that has ensured people receive the care they need earlier in their care journey. He is a passionate advocate for the integration of health and social care services – built around localities that mean access to care is simplified and the outcomes of care are built around the expectations of the public.

Lesley Bryce 
- Vice Chair

Lesley Bryce has been a Non-Executive Director for NHS Dumfries and Galloway since 2015 and has combined this role with continuing studies, volunteering in the local community and being a carer. She has played a key role in developing the strategy and purpose of the Board and shaping the culture of the organisation. She brings strong engagement skills to build effective partnerships with stakeholders, working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for communities. She provides visible leadership and has championed carers, helping to lead on a supportive culture for carers across the whole region. She has provided a constructive challenge and support on key areas such as reducing health inequalities, clinical and care governance, volunteering and patient and staff experience. She is positively focused on quality improvement and a person centred culture. Lesley is currently the Chair of Staff Care Governance Committee, member of the Integrated Joint Board and Whistleblowing Champion for the Board.

Dr Greg Black

Dr Greg Black has a background in physics and engineering as well as project management, risk and assurance.  He has worked in the radioactive substances industry for a number of years including both the private and public sectors, most recently as a Senior Regulator and Advisor. 

Greg has experience of leading and delivering large and complex projects, managing risk and financial performance.  As a regulator he has experience of auditing on behalf of the public to ensure that organisations’ manage risks to the public and the environment and scrutinising their governance arrangements.

Grace Cardozo

Grace Cardozo is an experienced and well respected practitioner working around equality and diversity, in particular with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, adults and older people, both in urban and rural areas. As well as supporting LGBT young people and adults over her career in LGBT Youth Scotland which spans almost 20 years, the wider programme of work that Grace has developed, using the LGBT Charter Mark as a mainstreaming tool across the NHS and other organisations, has helped embed LGBT equality across several local organisations. In 2013, Grace won a National Diversity Award for her work in championing the rights of LGBT peopIe. Grace also brings experience in community engagement and development; staff and project management; policy and interagency work. Grace has recently set up a small business, and commenced work as a self-employed consultant in youth work, community development and equality and diversity.

Marsali Caig

Marsali Caig was born and brought up in Kirkcudbright. Following legal training at university and Law School in England she worked in Whitehall for a number of years supporting Health Ministers and the Secretary of State for Health with developing their policy  portfolios and parliamentary health & social care business in the House of Commons; this included assisting with speech-writing and attending Health Questions. She gained significant experience of communications, virtual project management and rapid turnaround  of work, as well as building comprehensive knowledge and experience of stakeholder management, analysis, policy development and inter-departmental working (such as the Sure Start programme). She also worked with Special Advisers to the Secretary of State for Health to ensure health policy developments were communicated effectively and timeously to the House of Commons.

She returned to her native Dumfries & Galloway and worked in a number of positions in the early days of Joint Strategic Planning & Commissioning between the NHS and Local Authority before moving to work in Cumbria, leading on a range of areas including business  development, development of clinical care pathways, a turnaround Programme focused primarily on organisational culture and governance, and a major financial recovery programme.

She has been a Trustee of the local charity Food Train, and is currently a Trustee of Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service.

Marsali is passionate about values based leadership and organisational culture. She has considerable personal experience of health services. 

She has been appointed by the Scottish Government as a Whistleblowing lead NED following the Sturrock Report and recommendations. 

Kim Dams

Kim Dams’ career covers the private and voluntary sector in a wide range of leadership roles, including in finance, risk, compliance and data management. Kim has extensive experience in good governance of boards, risk committees, finance committees and audit committees and has chaired several Board sub committees.

She brings experience in leading and overseeing organisational change, governance in fast developing organisations and of the operational delivery of customer services. 

Kim is passionate about rights-based, person-centred and value driven policies, focussing on people-led decision-making, community engagement, equality, human rights and the intersectionality of rural issues.

Laura Douglas 

Laura K. Douglas is an enthusiastic and creative Senior Innovation Leader with considerable experience in business, Laura is passionate about understanding people’s needs, and developing new products, services and strategies to meet those needs. Laura developed her Innovation skills over 12 years with a leading global Consumer Goods Company where she led innovation programmes for a number of brands in the beauty business. During her career in consumer goods, Laura became an experienced team leader, creating inspiring vision and goals for those who worked with her, enabling her teams to unleash their passions and skills to deliver great results for the business. Laura was born and raised in Dumfries before leaving to embark upon her University studies and subsequent Innovation Career. Laura returned to Dumfries & Galloway in 2012 where she now keeps herself busy by teaching Innovation Management at a leading Scottish University, working as a freelance Innovation Consultant/Programme Manager, and spending time with her family. Laura Douglas does not hold any other ministerial appointments.

Claire Holmes

Claire Holmes studied history and sociology at Glasgow University and then qualified as a social worker in 1996; and has maintained her professional registration.  She has always been passionate about mental health services and gained her Mental Health Officer qualification in 1999.  Claire moved to Dumfries in 2002 after securing a team leader post for community mental health services in Stewartry and Wigtown. 

She has significant experience from managing integrated health and social care services for over 20 years.  Claire became an independent consultant/interim in 2012; and over the last 9 years, has focused on service improvement and establishing and leading major transformation programmes in mental health services across England. 

Claire is currently working with a number of NHS Trusts and independent providers in South Yorkshire and NHS England to change the way specialised mental health services are commissioned and delivered.  She has a strong improvement focus to deliver good quality services in the public sector in collaboration with others to ensure better quality outcomes for service, users and families; and will bring this ethos to this new role.


Jeff Ace 
Chief Executive

Dr Ken Donaldson 
Medical Director

Katy Kerr 
Director of Finance

Alice Wilson 
Nurse Director

Valerie White 
Director of Public Health


Bill Irving 
Chair Area Clinical Forum

Vicky Keir 
Employee Director

Paula Stevenson 
Local Authority