Introducing our Board of Directors
This year brings some new faces to Disability Equality Scotland! We have recently co-opted five new Trustees to our Board of Directors, rounding this group of incredible advocates to a total of eleven.
The skills, knowledge and experience on our board range from:
- HR Management
- Strategy Planning
- Business Management (including in the charity sector)
- Volunteer Management
- Project Management
- Change Management
- Risk Management
- Corporate Governance
- Access Panel involvement
- Spinal Injuries
- Personal lived experience as a disabled person
- Accessibility and Inclusive Design
- Ambassadorial Experience
- Previous and current experience working at senior level within public, private and third sector organisations
All our directors have a passion for improving equality and accessibility for a disabled people in Scotland. Details of director’s profiles are below, and the desire to make changes certainly comes through.
Please join us in welcoming them to Disability Equality Scotland.
Linda Bamford: Interim Convener
Appointed: 14 November 2016
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. During her rehabilitation Linda received support from Spinal Injuries Scotland and got involved to help others living with a spinal cord injury. 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 passion for equality and doing the right thing and strives through her work and volunteering to bring about transformational changes that will assist everyone to lead their lives as they chose.
Linda has a Master’s 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.
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Appointed: 30 March 2017
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 Resources, 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.
Janis McDonald: Interim Treasurer
Appointed: 5 December 2017
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.
Appointed: 5 December 2017
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.
Appointed: 4 December 2017
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 them.
Appointed: 5 December 2017
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.
Appointed: 4 May 2018
Carolyn has worked in the public and private sectors, 23 years with Barclays Bank and 12 years in public sector with a Local Authority and now the NHS.
Her areas of expertise include human resource development, organisational development, project management, consultation and engagement.
Carolyn has also supported the voluntary sector, having previously spent many years as Chairman of Directors for Employability Orkney.
She was Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics, providing support and assistance to other Games Maker volunteers, and is currently an adult volunteer with Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, the fastest growing youth organisation in the UK.
Carolyn has a strong sense of fairness and equality.
Appointed: 4 May 2018
Colin is currently the Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director) of the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN), having previously served on the Board and then as Chairman of the company.
Colin worked in a number of senior civilian roles within the Scottish Police Service including Head of the Criminal Records Bureau for Central Scotland Police before leaving to work in the voluntary sector.
Colin graduated in Management in 2006 and went on to become an EFQM Business Excellence Practitioner and Accredited Assessor. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI); a Member of the Institute of Directors (MIoD) and a Member of the Institute of Consulting (MIC).
As a young child, Colin had Legg-Calvé Perthes Disease, a disease which significantly impaired his mobility and independence, an experience he draws on daily as he now seeks to support others to live full, active and inclusive lives and fulfil their potential and ability.
Appointed: 4 May 2018
Steven has spent the last 11 years living with a complete C3 spinal cord injury, leaving him with no movement from the neck down and requiring a ventilator to breathe 24hrs a day. This situation has failed to prevent Steven from ensuring he stays positive, driven and an active member of society.
It is with this passion for life that Steven hopes to bring value to the board of directors. The nature of his lifestyle means Steven is regularly facing many of the obstacles and challenges that we want to tackle at Disability Equality Scotland. As someone with a highly complex disability Steven has a unique insight into life negotiating the physical landscape surrounding us while striving to fulfil his many personal goals. Therefore, he is determined to help roll out our key objectives and make a meaningful difference to others with disabilities.
Steven has volunteer experience with Spinal Injuries Scotland while also serving as a UK ambassador for the charity. He is involved in offering peer support to patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital who have recently suffered a spinal injury, helps create the charities quarterly magazine and speaks on behalf of the charity at public events and functions.
Before his injury Steven was a manager for one of Glasgow’s largest retailers with responsibility for over 200 employees, budgeting payroll, stock management and sales targets exceeding £20m per annum. His commitment to self-improvement since his injury has led Steven to study for a degree in psychology with a view to becoming a more effective peer support volunteer.
Steven strongly believes that his experience of life with a disability mirrors the principal aims of what we wish for our members. That was his motivation behind joining the board of directors and he looks forward to playing a part in delivering our future goals.
Appointed: 17 May 2018
Kenny has been mainly employed in various management structures at different levels including site manager on a busy pharmaceutical site. Whilst employed as site manager Kenny had an accident at work leading him to suffer major damage to his lower back. This caused him to require four operations to attempt to repair the damage.
Unfortunately, these were not all successful and as a result Kenny now lives with the pain. Further to this he has also developed other health difficulties. Kenny uses a power chair to get around. Having been an able-bodied man and hands on dad this major change in his life was difficult for both him and his family with which to come to terms.
Kenny has since took up various volunteering roles including chairing The Three Towns Disability Forum for seven years and chairing North Ayrshire Carers Forum for six and a half years. Through these volunteering roles, Kenny was keen to pursue a career in public involvement. He has since retrained and with the continued support of his wife has took up employment with East Ayrshire Community Health Partnership in 2005 as a Public Partnership Forum Coordinator when his role was to build a Public Partnership Forum for East Ayrshire.
Kenny can bring vast experience to the role as non-executive Director with Disability and Equality Scotland. His life experience as an able-bodied person and as a disabled person. He genuinely empathizes with others who are faced with the same difficulties of becoming disabled. He also brings his managerial experience to the organisation.
Kenny’s true wish is for everyone, no matter their ability, race or religion to be treated fairly and equally and that society understand that it is the environment that disables people on many occasions and that real effort is required from everyone to make this a fairer, more equal world for us all to live in and enjoy.
Appointed: 24 May 2018
Susan is a local authority Chartered Surveyor with a background in the construction industry diversifying into the field of accessibility in 2004. Susan’s role is varied and includes working with colleagues, members of the community and external stakeholders to try and ensure that services and designs for the built environment are inclusive.
Susan obtained her MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design from the University of Salford, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), successfully joined their Inclusive Environment Consultant (IEC) scheme and is a consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC).
The specialism of accessibility and inclusive design is important to Susan. Some of the current projects she is working on include providing inclusive design expertise to a Scottish University on a research project, taking part in the annual Civic Trust Awards in an inclusive design capacity and working with colleagues in PAMIS to promote the use of Changing Places toilets.
Susan is also a member of the Network Rail Built Environment Accessibility Panel (BEAP) where together with disabled people / access experts she provides advice to designers at the earliest possible stage in the design process.
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
About Disability Equality Scotland
- We are a national organisation working to achieve full access and inclusion for every disabled person in Scotland.
- We want disabled people to live as independently as they can.
- We want disabled people to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
- We want disabled people to live a life of dignity and respect.
- We work on behalf of everyone who has any type of impairment. We also work with disability organisations and groups who share our beliefs.
- We are the umbrella organisation for all disability Access Panels in Scotland, providing them with support and guidance to improve the lives of disabled people at a local level throughout Scotland.
- We are membership led. If you are an individual or an organisation, you can join our membershipfor FREE and help to further our aims.
A better life for disabled people.
Our mission has always been to increase awareness and knowledge of Access and Inclusion to improve the lives of disabled people in Scotland. Our Strategic Plan introduces a stronger statement, which defines the purposes of our organisation and our intended contributions to improving the lives of disabled people.
Our mission statement is:
“Achieving full Access and Inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.”
‘Achieving’ means ensuring that disabled people have the right combination of support and opportunity to reach their potential. ‘Full Access and Inclusion’ means the opportunity for every disabled person to actively participate with their family, friends, co-workers and other valued relationships in creating a fulfilling life.
We are a member-led organisation, representing individuals with any type of impairment, disability organisations and groups who share our values. We listen to the views of disabled people and champion on their behalf.
Our principles help guide us in what we want to achieve. Our work is focused on our three principles:
Positive Approach. We are a solution focused organisation. We want to hear what is working well and what is not working to approach the issues in a positive way.
Promoting Equality. We are a proactive and media aware organisation. We look to promote good/best practice and achieve a greater awareness of disability equality and accessibility across Scotland.
Partnership-focused. We are a collaborative organisation. We work with partners across all sectors to achieve real measurable change across Scotland with regard to access and equality