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Institute of Remote HealthCare Board of Directors

The IRHC is a Company Limited by Guarantee and currently has three Directors who have responsibility for the management of the company.  The current three Directors have been involved with the IRHC since it was founded in 2007 and Professor Nelson Norman and Alan Kennedy Bolam are the founding members. 

Current Directors are:

Professor Nelson Norman


Following qualification at Glasgow University Professor Normans first post was as medical officer for the British Antarctic Survey.  He next became an academic surgeon at Glasgow and then Aberdeen University, where he was a professor in the department of surgery.  His surgical interests in hyperbaric medicine, hypothermia and critical patient care prepared him for a second career in remote medicine and he was appointed Professor of Environmental Medicine at Aberdeen University in 1976, where he established the Institute of Environmental and Offshore Medicine, then the centre for Offshore Health in RGIT. 

He became Professor of Community Medicine at the UAE University before finally establishing the Institute of Remote HealthCare with Alan Kennedy Bolam in 2007 as an independent academic Institution In the 1970s he established the basic tenets of remote healthcare for the emerging North Sea oil industry in association with the medical director and General manager  of BP Pet Dev (Drs Jones and Linning) and led in the management of the serious new problems of saturation diving at that  time together with  the establishment of the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen.   He established and was director of the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit in Aberdeen, which was set up on the model of that devised for the North Sea industry. Following that and his past environmental and biological research work in the Antarctic he was awarded the Polar medal by HM the Queen in 1999.  He is currently President of the Institute of Remote Healthcare.   

Mr Alan Kennedy Bolam FASI, FRSM, DipM

Alan has been a career paramedic working in UK EMS since 1967. His formative career included responsibility for developing UK standards for NHS ambulance response which are still the bedrock of ambulance deployment in the UK. Alan has held numerous senior management and director positions in the current 11 UK NHS Ambulance Services in the UK. He has been involved in managing several major disasters in the UK including, passenger rail, road and ferry disasters.

In 1989 he received a commendation from the UK Government Minister of Transport for his role in managing a serious road traffic accident involving multiple vehicles including a passenger bus carrying 54 passengers. Alan became one of the 1st UK EMS incident officers specialising in attending major trauma incidents during the early development of paramedic practitioners in the UK.

In 1990 Alan received the Queens Medal for services to EMS.

In 1998 Alan extended his expertise internationally following extensive experience in EMS, and has been advising governments in the Middle East on developments of public EMS services. Alan continued to expand his role as an EMS strategic adviser to governments in South America, North and West Africa, and has special interest in clinical education in austere and remote environments. Alan was appointed IRHC Chief Executive Officer in 2007.


Mrs Kathy Kennedy Bolam (appointed May 17th 2016)

RNMH, Diploma in Nursing. Diploma in Health Service Management, Further Education Teaching Certificate.

Kathy worked for over  30 years in the NHS in the UK, initially qualifying as a nurse in 1978 she moved into healthcare management in 1990 and her last post in the NHS was as an Executive Director for Mental Health and Social Care Services in Manchester United Kingdom. 

During her career in the NHS Kathy held executive posts reponsible for Communications, Performance Management, Race Equality, Change Management and Service Development.

Since leaving the NHS in 2007 she has worked as an independent management consultant working on a wide range of projects.  Her expertise is in Project and Change Management.

She has been involved with the IRHC  since its foundation and has provided administration services as well 

as member management, conference organisation, PR and marketing and day to day management.  Her appointment follows the resignation of Professor Graham Page.


The Directors have legal support from Rosie Carrigan from Effficax Limited.