Our Trustees

NHS Endowments are vested in a Health Board as a “Corporate Trustee” – ie the Board of NHS Lothian is the Trustee of the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. Members of the NHS Lothian Board (both executive and non executive) become Trustees of the Foundation ex officio. The Foundation is not permitted to invite other individuals to serve as a Trustee.

The duty of individual members of a Corporate Trustee is no different from the role of Trustee of any other charity: act in the charity’s interests, in a manner consistent with the charitable purpose, with due care and diligence, and complying with the Charities Act and other relevant legislation.

Esther RobertonInterim Chair,
Ms Esther Roberton

Esther is currently Senior Governor at the University of Aberdeen.  She has an extensive track record of senior non-executive leadership role in Scotland, with appointments including Chair of NHS 24, NHS Fife and the Scottish Further Education Funding Council.  Other senior non-executive roles include the Scottish Government and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

In 2018, Esther completed an independent review of the regulation of legal services and her report, Fit for the Future, is currently being considered by the Scottish Government.  She was actively involved in the campaign to secure Scotland’s Parliament as Coordinator of the Scottish Constitutional Convention, and as a member of the Consultative Steering Group that developed the standing orders for the Parliament.

The Trustees are supported by the Charitable Funds Committee, chaired by Dr Richard Williams.


Charitable Funds Committee: Chairman,
Dr Richard Williams

Richard’s current seat on the board of NHS Lothian commenced in 2019. Richard is a retired GP, having worked in Leith for over 30 years, and was previously the GP Stakeholder Non Executive Director on NHS Lothian. Richard is also a member of both Edinburgh and East Lothian Integrated Joint Boards, and chairs the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board’s Clinical and Care Governance Committee

A keen cyclist, Richard also enjoys golf, dog walking  and babysitting the grandchildren, although not all at the same time

Richard says: ” I have always been impressed by the range of activities that are supported in hospitals and in the community, and by the world leading research projects the Foundation helps to fund. I am particularly excited at being appointed Chair of CFC at a time when we are developing our new strategy, and looking to bring benefits to even more of the population of Edinburgh and the Lothians and beyond.”


Susan GoldsmithSusan Goldsmith (Trustee) is the NHS Lothian Director of Finance with responsibility for the Foundation.

Susan lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two sons. Originally from Edinburgh, Susan moved to London in the early 80’s to join the South East Thames Regional Finance training scheme. After qualifying as an accountant she worked as a management consultant in a variety of NHS organisations across the South of England. After persuading her husband that the golf would be better north of the border she returned to Edinburgh in the early nineties to support the set up of NHS Trusts.

Susan has held a variety of Director of Finance roles across the NHS in Scotland and is currently Director of Finance for NHS Lothian.

As well as the usual juggling of work and family commitments Susan enjoys running, cycling and the company of a book club.