Blog: Welcoming New Trustees to Cairdeas IPCT!

Hannah Ikong
8th December 2023

We are pleased to announce new trustees who have joined Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust! Keep an eye on our Who We Are page for updates to our trustee board and staff.

Our new trustees include the following:

Marie Fallon

Marie Fallon (MD FRCP(Glas) FRCP(E) MRCGP DCH DRCOG) is Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine based at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre.  She has played a significant role in research both nationally and internationally.  She has led international palliative care guidelines such as ESMO for cancer pain and ASCO for cachexia.   She has been Joint Editor of four editions of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine which is the reference textbook in the specialty.

She has edited several other books and sits on numerous grant committees, as well as being an editorial board member of the BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. Finally, of note, much of her research in recent years and currently relates to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).  She strives to help with the thorny issue of opioid availability in LMICs.


David Knight
David is a retired orthopaedic surgeon, he worked in Aberdeen from 1990. He is a born and bred Scot, but in 2011 he moved to China to work with a Christian NGO. He tried with limited success to learn Chinese and then taught foreign medical students and Chinese doctors in a big city in South-west China.

He returned to Scotland in early 2020, and soon entered lockdown. He was a Cairdeas Trustee in the early years and has now returned to the fold. He is busy with the leadership team of his local church and loves to travel and to read, sometimes at the same time.


Marian Morrison

Marian trained in Obstetrics in Glasgow and served in a Christian Hospital in Pakistan for many years, latterly as Hospital Director.  

Whilst she does not have experience in the field of Palliative Care, she does have cross cultural experience and a working knowledge of the kinds of communities Cairdeas is aiming to facilitate training and delivery of care. She is excited to join the team of Trustees, learn more of this worthwhile ministry, and contribute to the organisation.


Margaret Sutherland
Professor Margaret Sutherland, PhD is Professor of High Ability Studies and Inclusive Practice and is Director of the Scottish Network for Able Pupils at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has 42 years teaching experience in mainstream primary schools, behaviour support and latterly in higher education.

She is interested in social justice and issues relating to poverty and the role of formal and non-formal education in creating more just societies in the global north and south.

"Having lived in Lenzie," she writes,"I have known Mhoira for over 30 years and so have seen first-hand the development of Cairdeas and the difference it has made in many parts of the world. I’m honoured to bring my experiences in Higher Education to the board."

Welcoming New Trustees to Cairdeas IPCT!

New trustee, Prof Marie Fallon.

Welcoming New Trustees to Cairdeas IPCT!

Returning trustee, Dr David Knight.

Welcoming New Trustees to Cairdeas IPCT!

New trustee, Dr Marian Morrison.

Welcoming New Trustees to Cairdeas IPCT!

New trustee, Prof Margaret Sutherland.