Meet Our Senior Management

Robert W G Murdoch


Robert was born and brought up in Glasgow, and educated in Edinburgh.  He attended medical school in London and qualified as a doctor in 1971.  He subsequently underwent surgical training in the west of Scotland and, following wider experience in South Africa, was appointed Consultant General Surgeon in Cumbria in 1989.  During this appointment Robert acted as a trustee for Hospice at Home with an interest in developing palliative care at home.

Robert returned to Scotland in 1996 as Consultant General Surgeon with an interest in breast cancer at Perth Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital, NHS Tayside.  

During this time he was involved in hospital management as Associate Medical Director for PRI and then had a wider role as Clinical Group Director for Critical Care across NHS Tayside.

Other interests were in clinical quality assessment working on behalf of Clinical Standards Board for Scotland and then NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

As a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Robert was involved in teaching and examining surgical trainees in the UK and abroad. 

He retired fully in 2012.

Robert lives near Dollar and joined Crossroads Caring Scotland, Clackmannanshire to help encourage people to be cared for in their own home. He became Chairman of the Board in 2015.

Robert W Thomson BA (Hons), MBA

Vice Chairman

Robert was brought up and educated in Fife.

After school he spent three years in banking before joining Fife Constabulary.

Throughout his career, he performed a number of roles including Press Officer, IT Manager and Strategic Development and Divisional Commander. Robert was appointed to a number of national and Home Office Committees/Working Parties on a range of topics including emergency response, extranet and counter-terrorism. 

He retired from the post of Chief Superintendent in 2002.

He was appointed Market Development Executive for W.S. Atkins, Consultant Engineers, before becoming self-employed and working as a consultant to a number of multi-national clients.

He retired fully in 2012.

Robert has been an active Rotarian for 23 years and served at District and National committee level. Other voluntary work includes being a Peer Mentor to ‘return to work’ clients for 3 years; being a Life Member of the John Muir Trust; being a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland; a member and volunteer guide at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society; and a board member – Crossroads (Fife Central) for 13 years. He has also served as a board member of PLUS Perth & Kinross.

Robert’s interests include travel, cinema, reading, theatre and hill-walking.

Murray Grubb

Chair of Finance Committee

Murray retired in 2000 after a working life spent in the leasing and asset based finance departments of several British banks, their subsidiaries, Citibank, New York, in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh and latterly, Great Universal Stores in Edinburgh.

Murray is chair of Crossroads Fife Central and a Director and Treasurer of The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society.

Murray has been married to his wife Liz for over 40 years and they have three sons. 

He is a keen Rotarian, enjoys sailing, mainly on the Clyde and around the West Coast of Scotland.  He loves travelling and pottering in the garden.

Carol Drewery

Carol qualified as a RGN in Liverpool in 1970 and pursued a career in midwifery and other medical roles before gaining promotion to a ward sister position.

She fulfilled the role of community nursing sister between 1980 and 1992 before being appointed as a Macmillan nurse at district general hospital on the Wirral.

In 1997, Carol took up the role of a community nurse at the Northumberland Community Trust covering central Northumberland.
In 2004 she was appointed lead nurse to assist with establishing Palliative Care Standards in Northumberland before retiring in 2007.

Carol is the mother of three daughters and grandma to three grandchildren.

Catherine Shaw

Born 1945 in Edinburgh and educated at Esdaile School, Edinburgh.  Catherine trained and worked as a state registered nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, from 1964 to 1969.

She also nursed at Strathcarron Hospice in Denny from1981 to 1985 and gained the OHNC (Occupational Health Nursing Certificate) from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh in1986.  Catherine was then employed with Forth Valley Health Board as an Occupational Health Sister from 1986 to 1989.

From 1989 to 2004 Catherine was employed by the then 'Lauder College' as a Lecturer in Child, Health, and Social Care and gained a TQFE (Teaching qualification for Further Education) while working there.

Catherine retired in 2004 but remains very active with golf, pilates, yoga, and her eight grandchildren.  Catherine sings in Church choir and loves photography, her garden and her harp.  

She maintains a keen interest in Strathcarron Hospice and Crossroads Caring Scotland.

David Marquardt

After a working life spent designing and managing large capital projects in the oil and gas industry, David took early retirement in 1999.  During the first 5 years of his retirement, he spent much of his time caring for his wife who had contracted terminal cancer.

Having received support at times from Crossroads, he was motivated to join the Board of Crossroads (Kincardine & Deeside) and became Chairman in 2003, a position he held until the management of the scheme transferred to Crossroads Caring Scotland in December 2008.

David’s interest in the health and wellbeing of his local community lead to an invitation to become a Patients Representative on the Board of the South Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership.  This role gives a broader understanding of the problems facing the delivery of care to all sectors of the population.

David believes that he brings to the Board of Crossroads Caring Scotland his knowledge of the needs of carers and the difficulties that our schemes have in meeting those needs; together with an understanding of how the complexities of operating a multi-centre organisation can be managed.

Gifford Leslie

Gifford Leslie has gained experience working in the Orkney Islands’ health and social care services but it was on a personal basis that he first became aware of Crossroads Caring, as the organisation provided support to him when his wife was ill 20 years ago.

When he was invited to join the Board of Crossroads in the Orkney Islands, he thought that it was a fitting way to repay the organisation for the support he has received. After serving on the Board for 10 years, Gifford served the role of vice-chair before taking the position of Chair five years ago. 

Crossroads Orkney, which is based in Kirkwall but serves a large geographical area is an affiliated member however, has close contact with the head office in Glasgow as a main source of information and advice. 

Gifford is co-owner of a busy hotel based in Kirkwall dealing with the public and tourists on a daily basis.  In his spare time, he runs The West End Theatre Group, which produces musicals to raise money for local charities. 

Liz Foy

Before retiring, Liz worked as a Sister in Care of the Elderly and it was what she learned from her involvement with carers at this time, which lead her to become involved with Crossroads.

Liz has been involved with Crossroads for more than 25 years, having helped to set up Midlothian and East Lothian Crossroads.  In 2000 She was then invited to join the Board of Crossroads Scotland. 

Peter O’Hagan

Peter spent his working life within the NHS, training as a General and Mental Health Nurse and working for a number of years as a Community Psychiatric Nurse.

Since coming to Scotland he has worked within Human Resources and served as the Director of Human Resources in both NHS Forth Valley and NHS Argyll and Clyde.  During this time, he studied for his MSc in Personnel Management at Strathclyde University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management.  During his working life, Peter served on numerous committees and Boards and was Chair of the Scottish Pensions Consultative Group and Forth Valley Education and Business Partnership.

Peter decided to leave his work in 2001. Since then he has been working as an independent HR consultant undertaking assignments in the NHS and voluntary sectors.  He is appointed as a Lay Member for the Employment Tribunal (Scotland) services and undertakes works for the Institute of Healthcare Managers as a Manager Development Network Facilitator.

Peter has lived in Scotland since 1985 and is married to Solveigh, with two grown up daughters. 

Robert Reginald Burns

Robert was born in Bristol and was educated in Bristol, Sheffield and Leeds, graduating with a B.Sc. in Chemistry.
After 15 months in the food industry, he entered the NHS as a Clinical Biochemist in the Metabolic Unit, University College Hospital, London.  He became a Chartered Chemist and obtained an M.Sc. in General Biochemistry, before moving to the Biochemistry Department, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow to continue his training as a Clinical Biochemist.  He undertook short term locum posts in the Netherlands and Kuwait and finally moved to the Biochemistry Department, Inverclyde Royal Hospital in 1979.

Robert obtained a Mastership in Clinical Biochemistry and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.  As a Consultant Clinical Scientist, he took on the role of Head of Department.  In this role, his job was split between clinical duties and a management function.  

Finally, Robert became Clinical Lead for Biochemistry in Argyll and Clyde Health Board and then for Clyde within Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. He served on hospital management committees, representing the laboratories in a wider clinical context.

During his time in Inverclyde he took and interest in the trade union affairs of the Association of Clinical Biochemists and became the Scottish Representative for six years and then the National Whitley No 3 Representative for the association until the Whitley Councils were finally disbanded.

Robert retired in January 2010 and has since spent most of his time involved with ‘Rotary International’ and his hobby of sailing.

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