Ray Jones joined the Board in August 2015, was elected Chairman in January 2016 and is interested in the long-term developments of QME Care to support the local community. Ray was CEO of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society and past Chairman of Scotland Food & Drink. He is also a board member of the Institute of Occupational Medicine and enjoyed a long career within Unilever.
Company Secretary and Accountant
George is a Chartered Accountant working as a part time consultant with Rennie Welch LLP in Kelso with whom he was a Partner prior to his retirement. George continues to have a particular interest in the administration and operations of Care Organisations and Charities. He joined QME Care in 2005.
Finance & General Matters
Andrew is a director of FBR Ltd, a firm of land agents and rural surveyors based in Kelso. He has been actively involved in fund raising over many years for RSABI and he very much admired the care that his late mother in law received with QME Care. His other interests include directorship of a number of companies including the Border Ice Rink. He is an active member of the St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kelso.
Building Maintenance and Improvement
Glynn is a Surveyor by profession and was invited to join the Trustees to advise on maintenance and structural matters as they affect the Home. Prior to his retirement, Glynn was for many years a Director of M&J Ballantyne Ltd, the well respected Borders Building Contractors. Glynn has had a lifelong interest in Rugby and has served as President of Kelso Rugby Club.
Sally joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. Previously an investment manager in Edinburgh and trust department manager for a firm of accountants in Kelso, Sally spent many years working in finance. Recent experience of caring for elderly relatives inspired her to join the Board. Her interests include gardening and she is a Roxburghshire organiser for the charity Scotland’s Gardens.
Grace has lived most of her life in the Kelso area, a community she loves and where she feels privileged to live in. Grace is married to Keith and they farm on the edge of the town. Amongst other things she has trained as a Counsellor and a Listener. More recently she has been ordained a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and serves in the congregation of St. Andrew’s, Kelso.
Dorothy Dobson MBE
Dorothy is a Teacher of Physical Education. She taught in Peeblesshire then at the High School of Dundee. Since 1974, she has been based at the University of Dundee, specialising in exercise for people aged 60 and over. Her classes in Dundee (up to 1,000 people per week) contributed to medical research projects studying the effects of exercise and aging. These classes are also run throughout the UK.
Rachel is an Occupational Therapist by profession, with many years experience working in the field of adult and older peoples’ care. As a Trustee, Rachel takes responsibility for staffing matters and aims to support the continued delivery and development of excellent care to our residents.
Dr Sandy Sutherland
Care Commission Involvement
Sandy was a GP in Midlothian for 30 years before becoming a GP appraiser. While a GP he had a particular interest in care in old age. He was motivated to join the Board following the exceptional care his mother received with QME Care in the last years of her life. Throughout his life he has had an active interest in livestock farming, selling rams at Kelso Ram Sale for many years.
Finance and General Matters
A retired Chartered Accountant, Ewan is the longest serving member of the Trustees. An enthusiastic gardener, Ewan also has a lifelong interest in classical music, opera and singing, and he entertains our residents with performances of Burns and Borders songs. A Church Elder, he is currently Session Clerk of Bowden and Melrose Parish Church.