Dewar Committee 2012

The following group has been formed to oversee Dewar 2012 events.  You are welcome to suggest ideas for activities and events that will add to the celebrations.

The 2012 Committee meets for the first time

The 2012 Committee meets for the first time.
Compare them with the 1912 committee!

Dr Jim Douglas (Chair)




richardProf Richard Collacott (University Highlands & Islands, Stornoway GP and Publications Theme) is Honorary Professor of Rural Health and Wellbeing at the University of the Highlands & Islands.He has had a portfolio career as both a Principal in GP and also as a Consultant Psychiatrist, and has practised in the Scottish islands, both the Western Isles and also in Orkney for 20 years.


Dr Alan Fraser (North East Faculty, RCGP Rep)




Dr John Gillies (Chair – RCGP Scottish Council) has been a GP Principal at Selkirk Medical Practice for 14 years. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Community Health Sciences School, University of Edinburgh where he teaches medical ethics and an NHS Education Scotland Associate Advisor with the GP Unit at the Lister Institute. He is Programme Director for the Borders General Practice Specialty Training (GPST) programme, helping to redesign GP training in line with MRCGP and the new curriculum and has led on the development and delivery of the Ethics in Professional Practice courses for GPST.  He continues to be involved in remote and rural education and in the Essence of General Practice project. He also Co-Chaired the RCGP Scotland Short Life Working Group on Health Inequalities.

Dr Peter Grant (Grantown upon Spey GP)




Dr David Hogg (Arran GP, Editor completed GP training in Ayrshire in 2010. He then undertook a GP Rural Fellowship on the Isle of Arran, where he has continued as a Salaried GP. He has interests in emergency care, child health and professional networking. He set up in May 2009 as well as the RuralGP Network.  Until October 2011 he was involved with the RCGP Rural Forum.  He is a director of BASICS Scotland and a sits on the RCGP Scottish Council.  He recently became First5 Lead for RPAS.


Jim Leslie (Community Hospital Historial)




Dr Miles Mack (Dingwall GP & Media theme) was born and lived in Essex until the age of 15 when his parents moved to the Highlands. He studied at Edinburgh and after his first house job moved to Inverness, completing specialist GP training at Raigmore and Dingwall Health Centre.  He has been a partner at Dingwall Health Centre since 1993, and since then has been heavily involved in GP education teaching undergratuates, GP specialty trainees and prospective GP Trainers. He has also assisted NHS Highland with developing mental health services and is the Vice-Chair of the North of Scotland Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Steve McCabe (Skye GP and BMA) is a GP Principal in Portree on the Isle of Skye. He did his GP training in the Scottish Borders and previously worked as a single-handed Associate GP on the islands of Islay and Jura. He has published a number of papers and articles on rural health in both the medical and lay press and he has also discussed these issues on radio and television. He sits on the Scottish Council of both the BMA and the RCGP where he tries to ensure that policies are rural-proofed.


Dr Iain McNicol (Remote Practitioners Association)




Dr David Murray (Lochcarron GP)




Pam Nichol (NES Remote and Rural Health Education Alliance – RRHEAL)




Dr Ken Proctor (Director of Primary Care, NHS Highland)




Dr Annie Tindley (Glasgow Caledonian University – Wellcome Trust) is a senior lecturer in modern Scottish history at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research focuses on the Scottish Highlands from 1800 to 1950, particularly the history and records of the landed estates; her first book, The Sutherland Estate, 1850-1920 was published in 2010.


Dr Graeme Walker (North of Scotland RCGP Faculty) is a locum GP working mainly in rural and remote communities around the Highlands of Scotland for the past 5 years.  He has been interested in history since high-school days and feels that knowing where we came from is vital for understanding the present and looking to the future.  He is Honorary Secretary of the North of Scotland Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners.


Patricia Whatley (University of Dundee, PhD on Dewar) is a registered archivist and has an honours degree in history from the University of Strathclyde and is currently completing a PhD in the development of medical services in the Highlands at the University of Dundee. Her career to date includes Curator at the Scottish Record Office (now the National Archives of Scotland), Archivist to three Scottish New Towns and Surveying Officer to the Business Archives Council of Scotland. She also acts on a consultative basis to a number of bodies.