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.
Click here to read previous SICS Council and Annual General Meeting minutes
Dr Stephen Cole
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.
Steve Cole is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. He can be contacted on email@example.com.
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.
Dr Liz Wilson
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.
Liz Wilson is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Richard Appleton
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.
Richard Appleton is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. He can be contacted on email@example.com.
Dr Barbara Miles
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.
Barbara Miles is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Iain Macleod
The Meetings Secretary is responsible for organising the Annual Scientific Meeting, and co-ordinates the venue, programme, advertising, abstracts and much more.
Dr Lucy Hogg
The Membership Secretary is elected from the SICS Council and is responsible for the approval of new members and maintenance of the membership.
Lucy Hogg is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. She can be contacted on email@example.com.
Dr Joanne McPeake
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.
Joanne McPeake is a Critical Care Nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and is a Nurse Consultant for Clinical Research and Innovation for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. She can be contacted on Joanne.McPeake@glasgow.ac.uk.
Trainee Committee representative
Dr David hall
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.
David Hall is a Specialty Trainee in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, based in the South East Scotland Postgraduate Deanery. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Marian MacKinnon, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Lee Allen, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Pauline Austin, Ninewells Hospital
East Region: NHS Lothian, Borders & Fife
David Griffith, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Lucy Hogg, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
Rowena Clark, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
West Region: NHS Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire & Arran, Lanarkshire & Forth Valley
Jonathan Richards, Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stephen Wilson, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
John Allan, Crosshouse Hospital
GG&C Region: NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Isma Quasim, The Golden Jubilee National Hospital
Brian Digby, The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley
Alex Puxty, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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
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 email@example.com
CSO Critical Care Research Specialty Group
Dr Michael Gillies
The CSO Critical Care Research Specialty Group has now succeeded the Trials Group and reports on research activities being undertaken across Scotland. A major focus of the group is to increase the participation and recruitment to NIHR portfolio studies.
Michael Gillies is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair of the Education & Training Group
Dr Laura Strachan
The Chair provides updates on the Group’s activities such the induction modules, advanced trainee study days and the annual Education Meeting.
Laura Strachan is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. She can be contacted on email@example.com.
SICS representative on the Scottish Donation & Transplant Group
Dr Richard Appleton
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.
Richard Appleton is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Daphne Varveris
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.
Daphne Varveris is the CMO's speciality advisor for anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. She is an elected member and vice chair of the RCoA's Scottish board and can be contacted on Daphne.Varveris@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
ICM training & Recruitment
Dr Monika Beatty
As Lead Regional Advisor for Intensive Care Medicine in Scotland, Dr Beatty is in an ideal position to exchange information with Council on training issues.
Monika Beatty is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, based at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She can be contacted on email@example.com.
Scottish PICU representative
Dr Alastair Turner
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.
Alastair Turner is a consultant paediatric intensivist at the Royal Hospital for Children,Glasgow and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr George Guy
George is a former ICU patient at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary having had major surgery for Oesophageal cancer. During his rehabilitation George was instrumental in the creation of criticalcarerecovery.com an award winning ICU support website. This led to the formation of ICU Steps Edinburgh which George Chairs and is a very successful forum for ex ICU patients to talk about their experiences among their peers. He was also on the steering committee for TCAT which was a joint initiative with Macmillan Cancer Support and local councils to provide support for patients after their treatment ended.
George spent over 35 years in the IT Industry in Sales and Marketing and uses his extensive business knowledge and contacts to help the Council. An ex International Hockey player and Umpire he is a high level administrator within the sport and finds many similar challenges in organisations, the main one being effective communication.