Meet The Team

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Morven Brooks

Chief Executive Officer

t: 01259 272063

e: morven@disabilityequality.scot

Morven works with the team to ensure that Disability Equality Scotland is effective in its aims to promote equality and to reduce barriers to Independent Living. Responsible for the strategic development of the organisation, Morven continues to advance the influence and impact of Disability Equality Scotland and its stakeholders.

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Emma Scott

Equality Projects Manager

t: 01259 272063

e: emma@disabilityequality.scot

Emma is responsible for managing a broad number of projects/initiatives. Working closely with the CEO to implement the organisations’s strategy to work towards social inclusion for Disabled People in Scotland.

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Ian Buchanan

Access Engagement Officer

t: 01259 272063

e: ian@disabilityequality.scot

Ian is our Access Engagement Officer and it is his role to support, develop and promote the Access Panel Network.  Ian has recently joined us from ENABLE Scotland and brings with him a genuine passion and desire to improve access to equality for disabled people in Scotland.

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James Davidson

Equality Projects Assistant

t: 01259 272063

e: james@disabilityequality.scot

James works across the business with publicity, promotion and events. He also develops and sources content for our online information hubs. James ensures that information on equality, access and inclusion is, where appropriate, published on the corresponding website.

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Maeve Bain

Senior Office Administrator 

t: 01259 272063

e: maeve@disabilityequality.scot

Maeve is responsible for the administration of our finances, keeping us right on book-keeping and payments, as well as supporting in other areas such as minute-taking and regular Board related duties.

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Gillian Smith

Access Administrator

t: 01259 272063

e: gillian@disabilityequality.scot

Gillian is our Access Administrator and provides administrative support to the AEO and to the wider Access Panel network.  Gillian also provides support for events that are run by the Access Team and assists the AEO in the planning of the yearly Access Panel Conference.

Our Directors

Linda Bamford: Interim Convener

Linda’s career background is mainly in NHS Scotland, initially as a psychiatric and general nurse before moving into Para-medicine with the Scottish Ambulance Service. After 13 years as a frontline paramedic in Glasgow, Linda moved into management, holding various senior management positions within the ambulance service for a further 15 years. She was heavily involved in Accident and Emergency ambulance service provision in various areas in Scotland and led on the previous Patient Transport Service Redesign Strategy. Linda is the recipient of two queen’s medals. One for “Long Service and Good Conduct- Emergency Duties” and the second for “Dedication to the NHS”.

Linda took early medical retirement after several surgeries for a spinal cord injury at L3/4/5 and S1. She was previously the Chair of Spinal Injuries Scotland and continues to be an ambassador for the organisation.

Linda is involved in Children’s’ Hearings Scotland and is also a qualified counsellor. She is the National Convener for Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.

Linda has a Masters in Business Administration and brings to the role experience and qualifications in Business and Operational Management, Service Delivery, Corporate Governance, Strategy Planning and Development, Risk Management, Change Management, Team Building and Leadership and Organisational Planning utilising project methodologies.

 Janis McDonald: Interim Treasurer

Janis is currently the Chief Officer of the Scottish Council on Deafness. Janis has a nursing background and has worked in the Public and Third Sectors. She has thematic specialties: addictions, particularly alcohol; homelessness; equalities and deafness. Working in service provision, local and national intermediates, and a range of locations in Scotland, has allowed her to develop a range of skills, experience, and knowledge. She is now particularly interested in quality and standards, governance and communication equality.

 Louise Orr

Louise Orr embarked upon a career in the Third Sector after completing her Msc in International Conflict and Cooperation.  At the time, her volunteering with an organisation who supports children and young people with disabilities fueled a passion not only for the sector, but helping people to achieve what they want from life.  This has led to her current role with CTSI, as Volunteer Development Officer, where she works closely with local organisations on their good governance of volunteers, and day to day with people interested in volunteering.  For many people, volunteering is a way of building skills and confidence that they simply wouldn’t achieve without the right opportunity.

A trustee with Home-Start Clackmannanshire, Louise can bring previous board experience, an understanding of the sector, and support us to ensure good governance for volunteers throughout our organisation and out to our members.

Dorothy McKinney

Dorothy grew up in Northern Ireland during the years described as the ‘Troubles’ and believes her intense commitment and passion for equity and fairness grew from these experiences.

Dorothy has over 35 years’ experience in Human Resource’s, is a trained and experienced Mediator, she has Fellowship of the CIPD and a passion for ‘Doing the Right Thing’.   Dorothy is an Associate of a number of companies throughout the UK and is the Board Chair and Director of Edinburgh Gang Show Productions Ltd.

Dorothy’s experience stretches across public, private and third sectors and she now runs her own business focusing on supporting Boards and staff groups to build good relationships, reduce and resolve conflict and have a strong business focus. Dorothy also has a strong commitment to volunteering with young people over many years and this plays an important part in her life.

Dorothy is also a Registered Mediator with the Scottish Mediation Network and undertakes pro bono support for Peer Mediators in local schools.

Dorothy has a strong focus on supporting everyone to live the life they wish to live and not the one other people, systems or processes believe they should.

Maureen Morrison

Maureen has experience working at board level gained through being a Director with Spinal Injuries Scotland for 6 years before taking up the position of interim General Manager.

Maureen’s involvement with Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) commenced after learning about their work during one of her appointments at the Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow.  Maureen has a Spinal Cord Injury.

Maureen has lived experience of issues effecting people with disabilities both visible and hidden. She enjoys working with people and building partnerships and relationships and has an innovative approach to fundraising and an evidenced track record of success in this area.

Maureen has ambassadorial experience and experience gained through volunteering within the charity sector and managing/leading a team of over 12 volunteers to provide support services for people with spinal cord injuries throughout Scotland.

The skills Maureen brings to the board are, a lived experience of disability, the ability to connect and develop partnerships, fundraising experience, experience and knowledge gained through working at board and senior management level within the charity sector, building and developing teams and the ability to network to find funding streams to allow for the provision of support services to those who need us.

 Scott Stewart

Scott’s background in supporting communities is deeply rooted in his roles in the public and third sector. As manager for Disability Information Scotland, an organisation supporting disabled people, Scott is aware of the challenges experienced by disabled people, their families and carers and constantly strives to break down the barriers that hinder the opportunities of disabled people in our society.

Scott’s career in local government carried him through many service areas, however, it was his experience as an operational manager in service support, planning, project management and financial management that allowed him to flourish in the areas he supported. As a member of the divisional management teams in both Revenues & Housing Management and Adult Social Care and through his work on the local authority’s risk management and divisional charging policy groups, Scott has extensive experience and developed a range of skills that he can bring to Disability Equality Scotland.

  • Service planning and performance management of large staff groups
  • Supporting on budgetary and staffing matters
  • Ensuring strong financial governance working closely with auditors, accountants and regulators to mitigate risks
  • Delivering organisational change through work on business service review and management review groups
  • Implementing and embedding service wide initiatives, including the Scottish Public-Sector Ombudsman’s model complaints process
  • Project managed the procurement and delivery of business critical systems into the local authority including Council Tax, Housing Benefit, Sundry Debt, Cash receipting systems and document management and workflow systems

As an experienced leader and understanding of the challenges experienced by disable people in our communities, Scott is very much looking forward to supporting Disability Equality Scotland in delivering our vision of a better life for disabled people.