Director, Deputy Chair
Rhona GrahamDirector, Deputy Chair
Having taken early retirement Rhona is currently working as a Senior Support worker with a charity organisation, Options in Life, which is based in Fife. They organise and support young adults with learning disabilities to access a weekly recreation programme.
Previously most of Rhona’s working life was as a Community Paediatric Physiotherapist – ultimately leading the Fife Service. In 2015 she left the NHS and joined The Thistle Foundation as a Personal Outcomes Consultant and spent 18 months working with their Learning and Development team. From there she moved north to take over the role of Care Manager at Badaguish Holiday Respite Care Lodge.
Rhona has a particular interest in Dialogue and Leadership Embodiment and how these show up in the conversations and situations we find most challenging. She uses her experience with this as well as her training in Gestalt and other models of coaching in her own coaching business.
Outside of work, Rhona enjoys the outdoors and is a keen walker, cyclist and canoeist. She
is also keen to increase her knowledge about gardening and has just started volunteering in
the gardens of Rossie Estate.
Family wise she is the proud mother of her son who plays professional rugby at international
level for Scotland and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren Oscar and Ava.×
Moira retired from the Scottish Government in 2017 after a 37 year career in various departments. Her last post was head of the Carers Unit with responsibility for policy regarding adult and young carers, most recently the Carers Act.
Moira is now a self-employed gardener. She is also a volunteer gardener at the Seaview Respite Unit in Edinburgh for children and young people with complex needs. Her other volunteer roles are a befriender and a simulated patient at Napier University working with student nurses.×
Laura BannermanDirector, Chair
Laura recently retired from full time work in local government. She held a range of posts in Strathclyde Regional Council, Tayside Regional Council and Dundee City Council. She worked as an Interim Chief Officer for the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership during the three year period leading up to her retirement during which time she was very involved in establishing the strategic and partnership arrangements for the new body.×
As well as having been a parent carer over the past 21 years to her son Adam who has physical and learning disabilities, Penny also has experience of caring for her mother who has dementia and past experience of caring for a partner with addiction and mental health issues. She has been involved in various carer groups over the years and consequently has developed a good knowledge of carers issues and experience of representing carer views to policy makers and within service planning groups. Penny has previous experience of serving as a board member for various charities including for local carers, Women’s aid and mental health charities, as well as serving on a Housing Association Board. She is a member of the Short Breaks Fund Better Breaks Grants Advisory Panel and was recently appointed to the Scottish Government’s Disabled Children and Young People Advisory Group.×
David EadeDirector, Treasurer
David’s family began taking children with special needs for short breaks in their home in Helensburgh in the early 1990’s. After a move to Kinross in 2000 David’s wife Helen started working in the Children’s Hospice as a palliative care paediatric nurse and David and their two children became volunteers with CHAS. The family carried on offering short breaks in the new area for a number of years until the partnership between the local authority and Barnardo’s ceased. By this time David realised that full time volunteering was not sustainable so his family became short break foster carers, working for Action for Children, giving children with extra support needs and carers a break. David has also worked as a classroom assistant in a special school, a support worker for a young adult on the Autistic spectrum at college and at a residential school for primary children with emotional and behavioural issues. David is now retired but Helen continues to work, providing care in the home for children with life limiting conditions.×
Philip Bryers taught social policy and community development at the Universities of York and Glasgow before entering local government in 1979. He held a range of posts in Strathclyde Region Social Work Department and North Ayrshire Council before retiring in 2000. Thereafter he worked for Volunteer Development Scotland, promoting volunteering in health, and for the Scottish Dementia Working Group, before leaving full-time work in 2008.×
Margaret has been working within Social Work Services for a number of years and in the last few years has been supporting the implementation of Self Directed Support. Margaret is experienced in working with partners within the statutory, private and voluntary sectors and also manages a small team in the Falkirk Short Breaks Bureau, which arranges short breaks for adults with support needs and their carers. Margaret is currently chair of the Social Work Scotland Self Directed Support Practice Network.×
Advisors to the Board
Advisor to the Board
Lorna GibsonAdvisor to the Board
Lorna is Young Carer Network Coordinator at Carers Trust Scotland. She coordinates the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance which is a network of 38 services providing face to face support to young carers and is one of the National Carer Organisations. Previous to that Lorna coordinated the annual Scottish Young Carers Festival.×
Julie joined Shared Care Scotland in May 2019 as Administrator. Prior to this Julie worked at Keele University in Staffordshire for 5 years in a few varied administrative roles including Executive Administrator, Curriculum Review Administrator and Student Wellbeing Administrator. Julie also has experience of working with a non-profit organisation, working for 5 years for Rethink Mental Illness as an Admin Manager at the Healthy Minds Network in Stoke on Trent.
Julie’s role at Shared Care Scotland is to provide admin support to the team, manage the online short breaks directory and respond to enquiries.×
Short Breaks Fund Manager
Alison BrownShort Breaks Fund Manager
Alison joined Shared Care Scotland in June 2018.
Alison has 30 years of practical experience working with the public and private sector, and for the last 20 years she has worked within the third sector, supporting and developing charities and social enterprises. Prior to joining Shared Care Scotland, Alison worked for a reuse charity, managing a consortium of 17 reuse third sector organisations to deliver a public sector contract.
Before that, she managed a reuse charity and social enterprise that provides reuse furniture to vulnerable households and offers training and volunteering opportunities to those furthest removed from the job market. Alison has experience as a charity trustee and in her spare time she volunteers with her local scout group and a local hospice.×
Respitality Scotland Coordinator
Kerry DonaghyRespitality Scotland Coordinator
Kerry joined Shared Care Scotland in June 2017 as Respitality Developer. Kerry has worked within the third sector for several years now; initially with Churches Action for the Homeless, and with Edinburgh Cyrenians in the housing sector.
She then moved into carers support and development work with PKAVS Carers Hub. Kerry is passionate about ensuring carers across Scotland can access breaks regularly, fairly and equally.×
Kate HogarthCommunications Manager
Kate joined Shared Care Scotland in January 2017, and works as Communications Manager. Kate began her career in journal publishing in Edinburgh before moving into editorial and communications roles in the public sector. Following this she worked as a freelance communications specialist for a number of years – including a period spent working overseas – before returning to Scotland in 2015 and working in-house for the Scottish Human Rights Commission. In her role of Communications Manager, Kate looks after Shared Care Scotland’s online communications including social media and website, as well as our information services.
Contact Kate: Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org×
Don WilliamsonChief Executive
Don has been the Chief Executive of Shared Care Scotland since January 2006. Prior to this he was the Programme Director in Edinburgh for the international leadership development charity Common Purpose, and before this was 8 years with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as Assistant then Deputy Director for Scotland. Don has also worked in the outdoor education and environment sectors. Don was recently President of the International Short Breaks Association as part of Shared Care Scotland’s hosting of the 10th International Short Breaks conference in Edinburgh in 2016.
Contact Don: email@example.com×
Short Breaks Fund Grants Officer
Amanda MoffatShort Breaks Fund Grants Officer
Amanda has been working at the Shared Care Scotland office since September 2010, she has over 10 years secretarial experience and returning to work in the voluntary sector after a four year career break has been influenced by her volunteering work. Amanda is a trustee with FACE a Cancer Charity based in Edinburgh and is involved with Samaritans. Amanda lives in Dunfermline with her husband and 2 children. Amanda is the point of contact for any administrative enquiries about the Short Break Fund and our online directory of short break services.
Contact Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org×