MacKay Hannah

Re-Thinking Scotland's Health Care System: Getting to integration, care and prevention


Caroline Gardner

Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland

Caroline is the Auditor General for Scotland, responsible for auditing the Scottish Government and public bodies in Scotland and reporting to the Scottish Parliament. She is the accountable officer for Audit Scotland.

A qualified accountant member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Caroline has an MBA from Warwick Business School and she has more than 25 years’ experience in audit, governance and financial management.

Caroline has held a number of senior positions.  She was Deputy Auditor General with Audit Scotland between 2000 and 2010, including 6 years as Controller of Audit and spent a year as Chief Financial Officer to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, appointed by the UK Government’s Department for International Development to restore stability to the country’s finances.

Previously Caroline was a member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants between 2010 and 2015 and served as President of CIPFA during 2006-2007.

Currently, Caroline is a member of the Public Service Audit Appointments Board and Chair of their Audit Committee.

Caroline was announced as a 2016 Trailblazer in that year's Public Finance Top 50.  

Prof. David Kerr CBE FRCP FMedSci

Professor of Cancer Medicine, University of Oxford

Professor David Kerr has made an internationally recognised contribution to colorectal cancer care and research. He has published over 300 papers in scientific journals, authored over twenty books, and has been awarded 4 prestigious, international research prizes, including the NHS’s Nye Bevan award for Innovation. He has several patents; has founded two biotech companies (Celleron and Oxford Cancer Biomarkers). Elected Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000 , President of European society of Medical Oncology ( 2009-2011) and Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010).
Working with colleagues, he has built two new Institutes of Cancer Medicine in Birmingham (1992-2001) and Oxford (2001-current), and was awarded by UK Government for £100 million investment into cancer research networks. .

He Chaired the Cancer Services Collaborative (1999-2003), to deliver redesign programme to improve the NHS’ cancer service (awarded CBE, 2002). He has completed the “Kerr Report” (2006), a 20 year plan to reform Scotland’s NHS.

He co-chaired the Anglo-French Scientific committee celebrating the centenary of the Entente-Cordiale (2004) after the Queen and President Chirac nominated cancer research as their joint theme. He edited Europe’s leading cancer journal (Annals of Oncology), has been elected President of the European Society of Medical Oncology (8,000 members). He has established the first Network of India’s top cancer centres ( , turning it into an internationally recognised trials network, has trained many young Indian oncologists and is active in China and the Middle East.
He has brought world-wide attention to the looming epidemic of cancer which will claim the lives of more than a million Africans every year. He organised the first ever African Cancer Reform convention in London (2007) and formed a new organisation, AfrOx ( to aid national cancer planning in Africa.

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Overall this was a good day with very good speakers and presentations.

Trish Gray, NHS Education for Scotland,
Delegate at 5th Annual Care of Older People Conference, November 2017

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