Iriss welcomes new members to its Board

Published on 22 Mar 2022

We're delighted to announce the successful recruitment of six new members to the Iriss Board of Directors. Each will bring a range of experience, knowledge and skills to support the delivery of the Iriss vision and strategy. 

Our recent recruitment drive attracted huge interest from across health and social care in Scotland and we would like to thank those who expressed interest. 

Amanda Britain, Iriss Chair, commented: 

"We are hugely encouraged to have attracted so many exceptionally talented and experienced people who share Iriss' vision for social work and social care. I know that Iriss will benefit enormously from their support, contributions and insights in its work to lead innovation in the sector."

New members are:

Claire Cairns, Director of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland
Claire has over 20 years' experience working in the third sector and will provide invaluable unpaid carer perspectives. 

Chal Chute, Chief Technology Officer of the Digital Health Institute
Chal has a background in digital innovation and change and an interest in effective integration of health and social care. 

Derek Feeley, Independent
Derek is a former CEO of the NHS in Scotland and Chair of the Independent Review of Social Care (IRASC) in 2021. 

Kate Hudson, Organisational Change Manager with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Kate is a specialist in change and innovation in large public sector organisations. She is currently working on a reform programme with Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership to support change in their care of older people services. 

Graeme Reekie, Director of The Lasting Difference.
Graeme works in organisational development, and innovation and change in the not-for-profit sector. He has experience of leveraging change in challenging technical areas such as market facilitation and procurement in social care. 

Judith Tait, Chief Social Work Officer, East Lothian Council
Judith has over 30 years' experience in social work practice and leadership at various levels and roles. She will also bring improvement experience. 

Dee Fraser, CEO of Iriss welcomed the new members: 

"I am delighted to welcome Claire, Kate, Derek, Graeme, Chal and Judith to the Iriss Board. Our new members bring a huge depth and range of experience and skills. They will be critical to both shaping Iriss' work and making sure we really make a difference in our work to innovate and change in social work and social care."

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, is stepping down from the Iriss Board after six years. The Iriss team would like to thank Donald for his commitment and contribution and wishes him well in the future. 

We also wish new members the very best in their Board roles.