Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme


The organisational structure of IHDP includes a combination of core staff, secondments, and advisors who contribute their time either on a consultancy basis or via in-kind contribution arrangements. This ensures that a wide range of sector knowledge is available to support the programme aims.

Professor Aileen Keel CBE, Director

Aileen Keel is seconded from Scottish Government to the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh to lead the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP). Aileen joined the Scottish Office (as was) as a Senior Medical Officer in the Department of Health in 1992. She was Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates from 1999 to 2014. Between April 2014 and May 2015 she was acting Chief Medical Officer.  She is Chair of the Scottish Cancer Task Force, Co-chair of COMQI (Clinical Outcomes and Measures for Quality Improvement) and has an Honorary Chair at the University of Edinburgh.


Dr Hilary M Dobson OBE, Deputy Director

Hilary Dobson joined the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme Team (IHDP) in February 2017 as deputy to its Director, Professor Aileen Keel CBE. Prior to this appointment, from 1988 until December 2016, as Clinical Director, she set up and lead the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service - one of the largest in the UK. A member of the Scottish Standing Screening Committee,  she also sits as a cancer expert on the UK National Screening Committee. From 2011 to 2016, Hilary was the Lead Cancer Clinician for the West of Scotland Cancer Clinical Network (WoSCAN) and in this post she contributed to the Scottish programmes on Detect Cancer Early (DCE) and Transforming Care after Treatment (TCAT). She chairs the National Cancer Quality Steering Group (NCQSG) whose focus has been the development and implementation of 18 tumour-specific and 3 generic Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs). She remains a key influencer in both the development and delivery of a governance system to deliver continuous quality improvement in cancer care. In the Queen's birthday honours list of June 2014, Dr Dobson was awarded the OBE, in recognition of her contribution to cancer services in Scotland. More recently, she was appointed by Scottish Government to chair a review of the management and governance of the national population screening programme.


Chief Operating Officer
Lynn Morrice
Chief Information Officer
Julie Falconer
Partnership Coordinator

Fiona Clark

Programme Manager

Karen Seditas

Communications and Finance Officer

Amanda Sammarco

Personal Assistant to the Director and Deputy Director

Simone Learmonth

Communications and Digital Engagement Officer

Claire McLellan