Senior leadership team

Nicky Connor

Nicky Connor 
Director, Fife Health & Social Care Partnership

I’m a Fifer born and bred. I got my Nursing Degree at Dundee University and MSc In Primary Care at Queen Margaret University. My clinical career spans both acute and community nursing services with significant professional, leadership and operational management experience. I have provided leadership at a local, regional, and national basis to champion the development of best care and practice and promote innovation.  I’m committed to communities and partnership working, and I have been part of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership from the beginning. Prior to commencing the role as Chief Officer/Director, I was Associate Director of Nursing.

As Chief Officer, I have lead responsibility in support of the Integration Joint Board. I also have operational responsibility for the delivery across all of Fife’s delegated Integrated Health and Social Care Services ensuring there is both operational management and assurance arrangements in place for their effective working.

I am a member of Fife Council and NHS Fife Executive Teams and I’m accountable to the Chief Executives of both partner bodies. I am a non-voting member and professional advisor to the Integration Joint Board as its Chief Officer.

I am incredibly proud to lead Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. It is humbling to see the incredible difference that Health and social care staff make each and every day to support the people of Fife. Integration Matters and it will be by working together across NHS Fife, Fife Council, Independent and Voluntary Sector that we will be able to best support individuals, families and communities and deliver improved health and wellbeing outcomes in line with the both the legislation and the vision outlined in our strategic plan.

Fiona Mckay

Fiona Mckay
Head of Strategic Performance, Planning & Commissioning

I have worked within the Social Work Service and in the Health and Social Care Partnership for over 30 years. I have had a range of roles from managing a local community social work centre to working in a contractual role with our third and private sector partners.

In my current role as Head of Strategic Planning, Performance and Commissioning and I enjoy the diversity and challenges of leading on planning, performance, and the commissioning of services. Integration is key in all of these areas and I’m passionate about improving the outcomes for the people of Fife through the development of Fife’s Strategic Plan.

I graduated from Dundee University and have a contract qualification from Birmingham University.

I live in Glenrothes with my husband. My two children are both grown up now and I have three grandchildren.

Audrey Valente

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.

Lisa Cooper
Head of Primary and Preventative Care

I have been working in public service for over 30 years, starting my career as a registered nurse.

My career has been varied, working across elderly services, community nursing, accident and emergency, NHS24, immunisation and urgent care services, where I have developed a passion for person-centred, quality care delivery and ensuring people receive the right care at the right time by highly skilled teams.

As head of service, I value the relationships across the Partnerships, our partners, and citizens to ensure we continue to innovate and transform our services and support the people of Fife to live long and healthy lives.

Lynne Garvey

Lynne Garvey
Head of Community Care Services

I qualified as a registered nurse and gained my MSc in Primary Care with Queen Margaret University. My nursing career focus has been in Community Nursing Services working as a Staff Nurse in Central Fife and as a District Nursing Charge Nurse in Kinghorn.

I have significant professional, leadership and operational management experience and have managed Specialist Services, Managed Clinical Networks, Infection Control and Prevention, Clinical Governance, Senior Quality Lead for Community Services and Community Hospitals Manager and prior to taking up this post I was the Senior Manager for Children's Services across Fife.

In my current role as Head of Community Care Services I am committed to the delivery of the outcomes of integration for the people of Fife and striving for excellence in quality and person-centred care through our strategic plan. My portfolio offers the most amazing opportunity to work towards the vision of the Partnership to enable the people of Fife to live independent and healthier lives.

I live in Fife with my husband, four older children and my Australian Labradoodle.

Rona Laskowski

Rona Laskowski
Head of Critical Care Services

I have over 30 years of diverse experience working in public service across local authority, NHS boards, third sector and Health and Social Care.

This has included working in Tayside and Lothian and also on a regional basis leading policy, practice, and service development with the South East Region of Scotland.

I have operational and professional experience leading on commissioning, transformational change, and championing quality improvement. I have developed and led NHS Mental Health, Learning Disability Services and Social Work. I’m passionate about all three which are key areas of professional interest evidenced throughout my career.

Dr Helen Hellewell

Dr Helen Hellewell 
Deputy 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. I then 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.

Lynne Barker

Lynn Barker
Director of Nursing

I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years and I’m passionate about nursing and working to support good, safe, and effective care for the people of Fife.

Prior to the Associate Director of Nursing 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.

Roy Lawrence

Roy Lawrence
Principal Lead for Organisational Development and Culture

I have worked in Learning & Organisational Development for over 20 years, after training and working in Social Work and Social Care prior to this. Whilst working in the independent sector for SWIIS Foster Care between 2008 - 2012 I set up the Learning & Development Service for SWIIS UK and was a member of their Strategic Business Board working on two organisational restructures. I was also a member the Open University's UK Strategic Employers Board.

Most recently I managed the Workforce Development Team within Fife Council who support the Chief Social Work Officer to ensure all Social Work and Social Care staff have the development needed. During that time, I led a range of organisational development initiatives within Fife including designing and delivering Collective Leadership programmes across the Children's Service Partnership Group. I've also worked with senior teams to support leadership development and interpersonal work and began supporting the Partnership's Mission25 Integration Matters vision in 2020. I’m a member of the Scottish Government’s Collective Leadership Group.

I have a real interest in systems leadership and interpersonal behaviours and how these drive and support business strategy and strategic thinking, organisational culture, change and operations.

I live in Anstruther with my wife Lynn and our three dogs and a cat. My two kids have now flown the nest.  I have a lifelong passion for music (listening and playing) and enjoy reading and walking my dogs.

Jennifer Rezendes
Principal Social Work Officer

Originally from the USA I moved to Scotland in 1997 to train as a social worker, graduating with my Master’s in Social Work in 1999. I was drawn to Scotland for its commitment to a welfare state, enabling all people in communities to access health, welfare, and wellbeing support throughout their lives, and when it was needed the most. I feel privileged to work within this system. I have lived and worked across Scotland, and currently live in Fife with my husband, daughter, and dog.

I have operational and strategic experience working in public sector, working with children, adults, older people, and specialist social work teams along with my national leadership role in Social Work Scotland as Head of Policy and Workforce. I have also held a number of roles supporting statutory and early intervention, sensory impairment, complex transitions, learning disability, mental health, dementia, care home and care at home reviews, public protection, including adult support and protection, multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) and child protection.

I’m passionate about relationship-based practice in social work and social care and the impact this can have on interventions and support. I believe that social work and social care can be a positive and transformative experience for people, and I’m committed to approaches to support communities and individuals to thrive.