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Meet the Council of the SICS

The SICS Council covers all areas of the Society's activities, with strong representation from the membership as well as other specialist critical care groups. It meets three times a year, and Council are also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting of all members held in January.

Council Meeting Jan 2016

Click here to read previous SICS Council and Annual General Meeting minutes

Click here to view the SICS Annual Accounts


Office bearers


Dr Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes

The President is the figurehead of the SICS, chairing Council meetings and representing the views of members when dealing with many Scottish healthcare groups, including the Scottish Government Health Department. They may be called upon to comment publically on issues affecting intensive care medicine (ICM) in Scotland. In addition the President is co-opted on to the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine’s Board and the Council of the Intensive Care Society, both vital to ensuring that the Scottish ICM voice is heard nationally. The President is a Consultant working in Scotland, elected by Council, following either self-nomination or proposal of a suitable individual.

Martin Hughes is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He can be contacted on martin.hughes2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or president@scottishintensivecare.org.uk

President Elect


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For a period of one year between their election and taking up post as President, the President Elect gains insight into the role of President, acts as a deputy when required and also serves as a voting member of Council.

Past President

Dr Graham Nimmo

Graham Nimmo

The immediate Past-President assists the new President in their duties and acts a deputy when required. They serve as a voting member of Council for a period of one year following their term of office as President.

Graham Nimmo is a Consultant Physician in Intensive Care Medicine and Clinical Education, based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. He can be contacted on g.nimmo@nhs.net

Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary

Prof Nigel Webster

Nigel Webster

The Treasurer is elected from the SICS Council and is responsible for the financial business of the SICS, including accounting and reports to OSCR. They are also responsible for approval of new members.

Nigel Webster is Chair of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at the University of Aberdeen. He can be contacted on n.r.webster@abdn.ac.uk or treasurer@scottishintensivecare.org.uk 

Honorary Secretary

Dr Fiona McIlveney

Fiona McIlveney

The Honorary Secretary is elected from the SICS Council and is the cornerstone of communication within the SICS, informing members of events and others matters of interest, co-ordinating elections and numerous awards and being available to answer and direct member queries.

Fiona McIlveney is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. She can be contacted on fiona.mcilveney@nhs.net or honsec@scottishintensivecare.org.uk

Meetings Secretary

Dr Kallirroi Kefala

Kallirroi Kefala Meetings Secretary

The Meetings Secretary is responsible for organising the Annual Scientific Meeting, and co-ordinates the venue, programme, advertising, abstracts and much more.

Kalliroi Kefala is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She can be contacted on Kallirroi.Kefala@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or meetingssec@scottishintensivecare.org.uk

Elected representatives

Associate representative

Ms Ruth Forrest

Ruth Forrest

The Associate Members’ Representative is elected by associate members. They act as a vital liaison between the nursing and AHP members and the many aspects of SICS business. The SICS are always seeking ways to increase involvement of other ICM healthcare professionals in the Society and the Associate Rep is crucial to making this happen. This large group of health professionals are the people who make critical care possible and they should have a strong voice.

Ruth Forrest is Lead Clinical Pharmacist for Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care, based at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. She can be contacted on ruth.forrest@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or associaterep@scottishintensivecare.org.uk

Trainee Committee representative

Dr Scott McNeill

Scott McNeil

The Chairman of the Trainees Committee, elected by the trainee members, reports on the activities of the Trainee group and offers important insight into matters under discussion from the trainees' point of view. Trainees are the ICM consultants of the future and their input is actively encouraged and appreciated.

Scott McNeill is a Specialty Trainee in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, based in the South East Scotland Postgraduate Deanery. He can be contacted on scottmcneill@nhs.net or traineerep@scottishintensivecare.org.uk

Regional representatives

The input of regional reps is highly valued by all the SICS Council and the broad nature of topics discussed offers reps useful information and updates for their region, a forum to air their region’s views or concerns, an opportunity to become involved in all aspects of SICS business, and in due course to consider taking on office bearer roles. Click here to read more about being an SICS Council member. 

Twelve regional representatives are elected by local members, comprising three from each of the following four regions: 

 North Region: NHS Highlands, Grampian & Tayside


Ian Mellor, Ninewells Hospital

Iain Macleod, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Judith Joss, Ninewells Hospital





East Region: NHS Lothian, Borders & Fife


Kallirroi Kefala, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Gavin Simpson, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

Liz Wilson, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh





 West Region: NHS Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Lanarkshire & Forth Valley


Fiona Mcilveney, Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Jim Ruddy, Monklands Hospital

Phil Korsah, Crosshouse Hospital





GG&C Region: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde


Andy MacKay, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

Barbara Miles, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Richard Appleton, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow






All office bearers and elected members of Council are appointed according to the Society’s constitution. When more than one candidate is proposed for a position a vote is carried out with numerical tallies, but not individual votes, made available to members.

Results of new positions are usually announced at the AGM held in January

Ex-officio members:

Chairman of the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group

Dr Stephen Cole

The SICSAG Chairman provides valuable information to Council on matters relating to the national audits, quality assurance and improvement.

Stephen Cole is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He can be contacted on stephen.cole@nhs.net

Chair of Scottish Critical Care Trials Group's Executive Committee

Dr Malcolm Sim

The Trials Group Chair reports on the activities of the Scotland wide research group, and feeds back on a number of prizes and awards funded by the SICS.

Malcolm Sim is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. He can be contacted on malcolm.sim@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Chairman of the Education & Training Group

Dr Mike Gillies

The Chair provides updates on the Group’s activities such the induction modules, advanced trainee study days and the annual Education Meeting.

Mike Gillies is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He can be contacted on michael.gillies@nhs.net

SICS representative on the Scottish Transplant Group

Dr Stephen Cole

The SICS representative on the STG provides important feedback to Council on issues pertinent to donation and transplantation in Scotland, and also has the opportunity to canvas the opinions of the SICS members to be taken back to the STG.

Stephen Cole is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He can be contacted on stephen.cole@nhs.net

Chair of the Scottish Critical Care Delivery Group

Dr Brian Cook

The Chair of the SCCDG is in a prime position to feed back on matters relating to the delivery of critical care in Scotland, and equally to hear and respond to issues affecting those that Council represent.

Brian Cook is the Associate Medical Director, Critical Care and Anaesthesia of NHS Lothian, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He can be contacted on Brian.Cook@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

CMO Adviser in Critical Care

Dr John Colvin

The CMO Adviser in Critical Care offers a vital link between the specialty and the Scottish Government Health Dept advising on matters such as developments in service, workforce planning, training numbers and surge capacity.

John Colvin is Chair of the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties, Chairman of the RCoA Scottish Advisory Board and a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He can be contacted on j.colvin@nhs.net

ICM training & Recruitment

Dr Liz Wilson

As Lead Regional Advisor for Intensive Care Medicine in Scotland, Dr Wilson is in an ideal position to exchange information with Council on training issues.

Liz Wilson is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She can be contacted on elizabeth.s.wilson@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Scottish PICU representative

Dr Jillian McFadzean

This representative is fostering new links between the worlds of adult and paediatric ICM in Scotland, particularly in areas such as education, transport and training.

Jill McFadzean is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. She can be contacted on Jillian.McFadzean@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk