Senior leadership team

Nicky Connor Director, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership

I bring over 20 years’ experience covering a diversity of public service roles including nursing, acute, specialist and community roles along with professional and clinical leadership to services within Fife’s communities and leading on regional and national work.

I am delighted to lead the Partnership, working together with exceptional staff, to deliver high quality services to thousands of Fifers every day.

I live locally with my husband Bob and two daughters.

David Heaney Divisional General Manager (East)

I have worked in the health and social care field for almost 30 years. During this time I have held senior positions in local government, the NHS, and the voluntary sector. I led the delivery of Audit Scotland’s first tranche of Best Value audits across a range of Scottish Councils and was seconded to the Joint Improvement Team with the Scottish Government as Head of Corporate Management.

My experience combines strategic and operational management roles in both community care and children and family services. Originally from Dumbarton, I live in Cupar with my wife and two teenage children.

Claire Dobson Divisional General Manager (West)

I graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1995 from Glasgow Caledonian University. I completed a Masters Degree in 2010 in Integrated Service Improvement at Edinburgh University. I have worked across acute, primary care and social care and have hands on experience of integrated teams having worked in the Integrated Community Assessment and Support Service (ICASS). In my post as Local Clinical Service Manager I worked with a wide range of services spanning health, social care and the voluntary sector.

I live in Dunfermline with my husband and two young children.

Julie Paterson Divisional General Manager (Fife-wide)

I hail from Fife and attended Methilhill Primary School and Buckhaven High School before achieving an honours degree in psychology from Aberdeen University and Masters degree in Social Work from Dundee University.

I have worked in partnership with colleagues across all sectors in Fife and a secondment opportunity with the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland in 2007 provided invaluable experience and learning from a Scotland wide perspective.

I qualified as a social worker in 1995 and my first post was as a hospital based social worker. My social work career has primarily spanned adults and older people’s services with particular focus on mental health, adult protection and more recently self-directed support.

Audrey Valente Chief Finance Officer

I have more than 30 years’ experience working in local government holding senior finance positions.

As a local lass, raised in Kirkcaldy, I went on to study accountancy at Napier University following my high school years at Kirkcaldy High.  My experiences have combined strategic and operational financial management along with significant change management.

I have two sons and live in Kirkcaldy with my partner Robert.

Fiona McKay Head of Strategic Planning, Performance and Commissioning

I was a Service Manager within Social Work with a remit for quality assurance across all sectors including the third sector and private agencies. As a graduate of Dundee University, I worked in Social Work for over 25 years, working in a range of areas, including designing and re-designing services to meet the growing changes in the sector. My background includes managing a community based centre and working in areas of deprivation on innovative projects. In recent years, I have been responsible for the planning, performance and commissioning of services which also includes the contractual arrangements for services.

Dr Helen Hellewell Associate Medical Director

I hail from Motherwell and moved to Fife after marrying. I finished my medical training at the Victoria in Kirkcaldy and took up a GP position in a local practice in Kirkcaldy. After a while I joined the Markinch medical practice, and currently still work one and half days per week there.

I’ve been involved with the Partnership for a number of years having been the cluster lead for Glenrothes, working on a number of initiatives including quality improvement and integrated working and was the clinical lead on a leadership programme for integration with GP Scotland.

I live locally with my husband David and I have a grown up daughter.

Lynn Barker Associate Director of Nursing

I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years. Prior to this new role I was Head of Nursing for the East Division in Fife. I have also been Head of Nursing for Emergency Care and worked across a variety of healthcare settings including community nursing, acute care, Scottish Government and with the British Army medical corps. I represent the Partnership and NHS Fife on a number of national groups.

Scott Garden Director of Pharmacy and Medicines

I’m responsible for leading, directing and managing the pharmacy service on behalf of NHS Fife and Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership.

I graduated from Robert Gordon University and spent the early part of my career in Community Pharmacy before taking on the role of lead pharmacist at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary. In 2014, I moved to NHS Fife as Chief Pharmacist, Acute Services. This has provided me the leadership and vision to develop, implement and evolve an exciting and innovative programme of re-design and transformational change across the pharmacy service.