Our Board

Mr Mike McKirdy

Chair, Fellow of the College, consultant surgeon, Director of Global Health

Mike McKirdy is a consultant general surgeon with a specialist interest in breast disease, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley. In his previous role as Vice President (Surgical), he launched the College global health initiative to support medical and surgical training in Malawi.

Mr McKirdy is also part of the Scottish Global Health Collaborative, a newly formed group chaired by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland to promote effective and coordinated health sector involvement in Global Health.

Dr. Graeme W. Tait MBChB, MD, FRCP

Trustee of the College, consultant physician and cardiologist based at Wishaw General Hospital

Graeme W. Tait qualified in Medicine from Edinburgh in 1982. Trained in General Medicine and Cardiology in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and awarded an MD in 1996 for studies in lipoprotein metabolism and regression of atherosclerosis. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1997, and has been a Clinical Tutor since 2015. He has undertaken teaching in India and Bangladesh and is Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He worked in Dumfries from 1995 as Consultant Cardiologist & Physician, and has been Consultant Cardiologist in Lanarkshire since 2016. He was appointed to Council of the RCPSG in 2016 and joined the HOPE Board at its inception.

Mrs Elizabeth Condie

Chair of Lay Advisory Board

Elizabeth Condie is a Fellow and Past Vice-President of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. For 6 years, until 2012, she was Chairman of the University of Strathclyde Ethics Committee. She has an international reputation in the field of amputee rehabilitation research and has led interdisciplinary projects in this field for more than 20 years. More recently, her research interests have expanded into the field of orthotics and she has been responsible for several international research initiatives involving health care professionals and academic staff. She has lectured and published extensively on these and other rehabilitation-related subjects both in the UK and internationally. She is currently "Task Officer" for the International Society for prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and a member of the Independent Tribunal Service and is the Lay Advisor to the Continuing Professional Development Board of the Association of Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of the UK.

Professor Abhay Rane, OBE

Trustee of the College, consultant urological surgeon

Professor Abhay Rane received an OBE in 2014 for services to laparoscopic surgery. He is consultant urologist at North Downs Hospital, Surrey, specialising in bladder and kidney cancer. He is also an elected member of the Executive Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, where he was recently appointed Associate Director (International). Professor Rane is elected to the Board of the European Section of Uro – Technology (ESUT) of the European Association of Urology and is a Director of the Endourological Society. As Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, he regularly supervises MSc students. A tutor on the MSc and FRCS (Urol) courses, he serves as an examiner of the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons and FRCS (Urol) exit examination for British urologists in training.

Mr Gordon Jackson QC

Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and former member of the Scottish Parliament.

He was educated at Ardrossan Academy and studied Law at the University of St Andrews. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979 and served as an Advocate Depute from 1987 to 1990. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln's Inn) in 1989, and appointed Queen's Counsel in Scotland in 1990.

Mr Denis Robson

Mr Robson enjoyed a lengthy career at Johnson & Johnson, from which he retired in 2014. While at J&J, he held several senior positions in international business management, collaborating regularly with Fistula Foundation on projects such as a small grants program, distribution of affordable fistula repair kits and sponsorship of a fistula forum in Scotland in 2011. Mr Robson also founded Scotland’s ‘Ethicon’ branch. In his retirement, Mr Robson acts as a healthcare advisor to NGOs on women’s health issues and surgery in Africa. Mr Robson is an Honorary Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

Professor Tahseen Jafry

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow provides the administrative support for HOPE Foundation, ensuring that 100% of donations go to the projects we support.

The fund is administered by:

Julie Forster, HOPE Foundation Manager