Co-opted Members Biogs


Prof. James Ferguson – Co-opted Member

Professor James Ferguson was born in Aberdeen and educated at Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen University, graduating in Medicine in 1983. Basic Surgical Training was undertaken in Aberdeen, progressing to Accident and Emergeny Registrar training in Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine with a specialist interest in Paediatric Accident and Emergency in 1994. He is a visiting Professor to the Robert Gordon University and a reader in Emergency Medicine with Aberdeen University. He is retained by Eon Productions as a Medical Advisor. In 2006, he was seconded on a half time basis as National Clinical Lead to the newly established Scottish Centre for TeleHealth (SCT). Currently, the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT) is implementing a range of national programmes.


Dr Jim Ward – Co-opted Member

Dr Jim Ward became Medical Director of the Scottish Ambulance Service in January 2014. Dr Ward graduated from Glasgow University in 1987 and trained as a GP, entering partnership in Easterhouse in 1991 where he developed services tackling substance misuse and diabetes. In 1996 he relocated to Greenock where he continued to work as a GP until 2009. His interests at that time included medical education and clinical governance and he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of GP’s in 2005 in recognition of this work. Following three years as Clinical Director of Inverclyde CHP he moved to take on the role of Medical Director of NHS Western Isles in 2009. His achievements in the Western Isles include leading areas of service improvement and redesign, particularly in acute care and eHealth. Outside of Medicine he is a keen musician, playing guitar and violin, and enjoys cycling and golf.


Mr Aly Dickson – Co-opted Member

Mr Kenny Freeburn – Co-opted Member