Kirsten Broadfoot, healthcare and wellbeing research consultant (Chair)

Kirsten J. Broadfoot, PhD, is a healthcare communication and community wellbeing research consultant living in Cromarty on the Black Isle. Originally from New Zealand, she has lived and worked in Australia, Japan, America and the UK, in the manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors. Kirsti is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and currently a research fellow at the University of Highlands and Islands.

Mary Campbell, local resident

Mary Campbell was born in the Western Isles and lived in Aberdeen before a move to Brora in 2018. Mary holds a BSc in Psychology and has worked as a tutor and department leader for students with additional learning needs. Mary has personal experience of caring for her mother and professionally has supported individuals leaving long-term institutional care worked in community caring roles. Now retired, Mary enjoys painting, writing, sewing and walking her dog.

Leah Macaden, senior lecturer with specialism in dementia

Dr Leah Macaden is based in Inverness and, until 2022, was Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands, before moving to the same role at the University of Edinburgh. Leah’s specialisms are in dementia and workforce development, sensory impairments in older adults, end of life care, nursing education and pedagogy including continuing professional development, multimorbidity, health and ethnicity, health risk perceptions and global health.

Nick Brian, consultant (co-opted)

Nick Brian is an experienced consultant who provides executive level advice on organisational structures, overall operational effiencies and wider commercial planning.  Nick and his family relocated to the Highlands in late 2019 and has since launched his own commercial consulting business, Aska Consulting. Nick’s ongoing intent is to build a portfolio of Scottish partners, focusing on projects with a community and/or sustainability agenda.