Carol took up her role as Chief Executive in September 2020 having been appointed Interim Chief Executive in January 2020. Carol was previously Director of Finance from May 2017 and, prior to that, Assistant Director of Finance, having joined NHS Fife in March 2014, following a short spell in the higher education sector. Her NHS career started in 1993 with the then Kirkcaldy Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, as a National Finance Graduate Trainee. During the intervening period, Carol has held senior NHS finance roles in Forth Valley, Lanarkshire and Lothian. In 2004 Carol spent a short period with the Scottish Government leading a review of training and development within the finance function across NHS Scotland. She has a broad portfolio of experience across strategic financial planning, operational financial performance management and major capital investment projects. She is presently a trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the representative body for finance staff in healthcare.