Cathie Cowan

Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley, United Kingdom

Cathie Cowan is the chief executive of NSH Forth Valley. She is trained as a nurse in Glasgow and worked in a variety of nursing roles before moving to Perth in 1990. Cathie worked initially as a clinical nurse manager at Perth Royal Infirmary and later as clinical services and business manager for the former Perth and Kinross NHS Trust. In 1995, she was appointed director of nursing, patient services and planning for Kirkcaldy NHS Trust and then director of service development and capacity planning for Fife Health Board. Cathie returned to Glasgow in 2005 to take up post as director of the South East Glasgow Community Health and Social Care Partnership before moving to Orkney in 2010 as the NHS chief executive. She also at this time worked as executive director at Orkney Islands Council and led the integration of health and social care services before the appointment of Orkney's Chief Officer. Cathie has an M.Sc. in leadership (quality improvement), is a GenerationQ Fellow and a member of the Q Community.