There’ll be no carpet slippers and putting her feet up for former Director of Finance, Fiona Ramsay, who retired recently. Her schedule is going to be even busier than a day in the office with Italian lessons, walking football, golf, holidays, reading, photography, and of course continuing to support her beloved St Johnstone football team.
For over 30 years Fiona has handled the finances of NHS Forth Valley, always managing to break even, and the organisation owes a great deal to her.
She has not just been a Director of Finance but has led the elective programme, Information Management and Technology and anything else she was asked to tackle, always rising to the challenge. The last 9 months of her NHS career as Interim Chief Executive is testament to that!
Fiona graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1984 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics and became a National Finance Trainee attached to Lanarkshire Health Board. Three years later she joined Forth Valley as Principal Accountancy Assistant, subsequently being promoted to Senior Principal Accountancy Assistant, Assistant Treasurer Financial Management and, in 1994, Director of Finance and Contracts.
Fiona’s devotion to the Saints is legendary and the senior team in Forth Valley always kept an eye on the weekend results to gauge whether Monday would be a good time to go to ask for cash! Her latest hobby, Walking Football, takes place on Thursday evenings. No prizes for guessing where – McDiarmid Park of course!
Fiona was presented with an Espresso machine, a book voucher and scented candles as well as a day’s cooking course with Nick Nairn and jewellery.