Alan Cowan became a Non-Executive member of the NHS Board on 1st July 2016.
Alan is a retired senior RAF officer having served 35 years in the RAF Medical Services where he has worked in a wide range of senior health leadership appointments in UK, Europe and USA. A graduate of the RAF College Cranwell, he was responsible for the leadership of a specialist UK medical team delivering worldwide aeromedical evacuation. Subsequently, he represented the UK on veterans’ health issues in the US Veterans Health Adimistration when based in Washington DC. Before he retired he led the development of a new strategy for the UK Defence Medical Services, an organisation of 7000 personnel.
Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Management and Chartered Manager with previous Health Board and international experience. He is currently a Trustee of Voluntary Health Scotland and a Community Resilience Officer, both voluntary appointments. Alan brings strengths in operational leadership and strategy together with experience in working across professional, cultural and national boundaries.