Promoting excellence in community nursing across Scotland
Meet the team
Dr Sarah Doyle | SFHEA, PhD, MRes, PG Dip, RMN
Deputy Director (Nursing)
Sarah joined QNIS in September 2020. Originally a community mental health nurse, she brings thirty years of experience across clinical practice, national workforce development, training, supervision, consultancy, academic teaching and research. She has led projects and programmes of work for NHS Education for Scotland and completed her doctoral research with a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Throughout her career, Sarah has been interested in helping create the conditions required for sensitive, expert nursing practice, and she recognises the importance of a range of individual, organisational, political, and societal factors in the creation of these conditions. She knows that QNIS - Scotland focused, UK connected and globally aware – is a great place to continue this work.
Chief Executive and Nurse Director
Clare joined QNIS in 2014, bringing her experience as a nursing leader in health care improvement and policy. A children’s nurse by background, she was appointed Director of the RCN’s UK Quality Improvement Programme in 2003. She moved to Edinburgh in 2007, honing her influencing skills in community nursing as a Policy Adviser with the RCN. In 2016, Clare was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Nursing at Queen Margaret University and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship. Her vision is to unleash the creativity of nurses to be catalysts for positive change in the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
Business Support Manager
Originally from Wales, Dawn moved to Scotland after graduating from the University of Wales with an English Literature Degree in 1995. She has lived in Scotland for over 20 years. Dawn has been at the QNIS since January 2012. As she doesn’t come from a nursing background, Dawn finds it rewarding being able to work with people who have achieved so much and worked so hard for the profession. Dawn’s role as Business Support Manager centres around ensuring the smooth running of the office and taking care of the day to day administration activities.
Welfare and History Manager
A graduate of Edinburgh University, Fiona returned to Edinburgh in December 2000 (via Glasgow, Inverness and Jedburgh) and has worked mainly in the financial and voluntary sectors as a PA/Secretary and Administrator. In 2014 she became a Certified Member of the Institute of Fundraising and is a self-confessed computer nerd. She loves organising events and meeting new people.
Media and External Relations Manager
Originally from Northern Ireland, Karrie has been living in Scotland since her student days in Glasgow where she gained a degree in English Literature and Politics, and a postgraduate qualification in journalism. After working as a multimedia news reporter in Edinburgh for more than ten years, Karrie is keen to use her national media experience to further promote the work and reputation of QNIS. With a love for meeting new people, Karrie is looking forward to introducing herself to community nurses and hearing their stories.
Project Coordinator | Healthier Pregnancies, Better Lives
Originally from London, Lisa has recently returned to Scotland after 10 years living in Australia and is delighted to be joining the team at QNIS.
Her career to date has been mainly commercial and she cannot wait to use her organisational skills for the Healthier Pregnancies; Better Lives programme to support the team.
Catriona joined QNIS in May 2020 as an administrator, working predominantly to provide administrative support to the Queen’s Nursing programme. After graduating with a language degree from the University of St Andrews, Catriona spent a year developing her communication and administration skills in the tourism industry before moving to the charity sector. Catriona has previously worked in public facing roles in both the UK and abroad and thrives in a people-oriented environment. She particularly enjoys collaborating with people from different backgrounds and cultures and loves learning from others. Catriona is looking forward to learning more about community nursing and the positive effect Queen’s Nurses have on the community. She endeavours to work hard to learn how best to support the Queen’s Nurses.
Digital Engagement Manager
Tasha is an English Literature and History graduate who, perhaps unusually, joins QNIS from a commercial property investments background. With previous experience in handling digital marketing, external communications and product rebrand campaigns Tasha will be using her skills to promote the work of QNIS digitally.
Amanda joined QNIS in January 2018 having relocated from Luton. Following an initial career in hotel management, her working life has focussed on providing support to healthcare leaders, most recently as President’s Office Manager/Executive Assistant to the President at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London. Amanda enjoys working in the Third Sector and, in particular, knowing that the level of support she provides enables healthcare professionals to devote more of their precious time to improving healthcare delivery. Amanda is looking forward to learning about the Scottish healthcare system and to meeting community nurses to discover more about their contribution to the health and wellbeing of the population.
Dr Jonathan Sher
Senior Fellow | Healthier Pregnancies, Better Lives
Jonathan is now the Senior Fellow at the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland. He serves as the Programme Lead for QNIS’ new initiative ‘Healthier Pregnancies, Better Lives’. This programme of work is supported by Cattanach and The National Lottery Community Fund. Since moving to Scotland from the USA in 2005, Jonathan has served as the Director of Research, Policy and Programmes at Children in Scotland and then as the Scotland Director of WAVE Trust. He has an established track record of work on rural issues, child and family health and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and has written many published articles and reports. He joined the QNIS staff as Deputy Director in September 2018. Jonathan has admired the reach and accomplishments of Scotland’s community nurses. He believes it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them more closely with a focus on preconception health, education and care.