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.×
Pauline has worked in Social Care for over 16 years, initially in the third sector and for the last 9 years in a local authority setting. This has consistently included support to carers within her remit and that has been both as a front-line practitioner and as a manager and strategic commissioner. However, having previously been a young carer and now as a parent carer, Pauline has a passion about supporting carers that is deep rooted. In her current role Pauline has also established a very successful Shared Lives service in Moray and her other areas of work include Self-directed Support commissioning and development, and respite care development.×
Stephen has over 26 years’ experience in the social care sector working his way up to senior management positions across both public and voluntary sectors.
Stephens innovative approach to problem solving combined with an entrepreneurial spark led him to the creation of the UK’s only inclusive support travel company, Altogether Travel.
Not content with the challenge of running a start-up company Stephen is also full time student at Glasgow Caledonian University completing his business degree.
When not studying or running a business Stephen is very family orientated and enjoys spending time with his teenage children Liberty & Munro. An ethical person Stephen is interested environmental, human & animal rights and a dedicated vegan.×
John is a former community development worker, and was the National Development Officer at Shared Care Scotland between 1993 and 2003. Although now retired John keeps busy with many interests which include Chairing the committee of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centre in Perth.×
Sue is a mum to five children one of whom has a severe learning disability and the classic form of autism. Having found that there was very little help available for either of them, she decided to take things in hand herself! She spent seven years setting up playschemes for autistic children which eventually led to the establishment of the Jigsaw Centre in Aberdeen. Sue has a recently retired as Development Officer with the VSA Carers Centre in Aberdeen supporting families of children with disabilities. Sue is still very much involved in carer issues and respite in particular. Sue was Chair of Shared Care Scotland between 2011 and 2013.×
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.×
Silvie is a Care Manager at Badaguish, where she has developed a programme of respite activity holidays, holiday play schemes and SQA accredited training courses, providing 400 places per year for people with a learning disability, locally, nationally and from across the Highlands. Silvie is a trained social worker with over 20 years experience in residential care and therapy for people with disabilities. She has also organised, designed and delivered a variety of training to support front line workers in the voluntary care sector in the Highlands.
She is an active member of many voluntary and statutory community organisations and is committed to the importance of family support and to giving people with a disability and their carers a choice.×
David EadeDirector, Treasurer
David, his wife Helen and two children, have been involved in family based short breaks since 1992. They began as volunteers with the Shared Care scheme in Dumbartonshire and have since worked for schemes in Argyll and Bute and Perth and Kinross in partnership with Barnardo’s. Due to the difficulties in juggling work with the volunteering role David is now a paid foster carer with Action for Children providing short breaks for children in foster care, some of whom have special needs. He is also a volunteer driver at Rachel House children’s hospice where Helen works as a paediatric nurse. Their daughter Alice is also a volunteer befriender at Rachel House.×
Philip BryersDirector, Chair
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.×
Director, Deputy Chair
Margaret PetherbridgeDirector, Deputy Chair
Margaret’s experience has been working within Community Care Services and in particular the implementation of Direct Payments Policy and managing a Short Breaks Bureau which arranges breaks for adults with disabilities and older people. Margaret is currently chair of the ADSW (Association of Directors of Social Work) Self Directed Support Group. As part of this role she participates in the Scottish Government Self Directed Support Strategy Implementation Group.×
Advisors to the Board
Advisor young carers issues
Louise MorganAdvisor young carers issues
Louise has been involved in young carers work since 2001, when she took up post as the first Young Carers Development Worker in Highland. She moved into her current role as Scottish Young Carers Services Development manager with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now the Carers Trust) in 2004. This work involves co-ordinating a nationwide network of over 50 agencies called The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance. Despite having been a young carer herself, Louise is constantly amazed by the diversity of issues faced by young carers. A favourite part of her job is attending the national Young Carers Festival – an event which brings together over 500 young carers to have lots of fun and to tell decision makers what they should do to improve the support available. Louise now lives in Ayrshire, has three grown up sons and a passion for anything to do with horses.×
Kerry DonaghyRespitality Developer
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 Developer
Kate joined Shared Care Scotland in January 2017 as Communications Developer. 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. Having worked in a range of communications roles, Kate is passionate about clear and accessible communications and the role this can play in helping people access the information and services they need.×
Short Breaks Fund Manager (Grants)
Ellie SandercockShort Breaks Fund Manager (Grants)
Ellie joined Shared Care Scotland in August 2016 as Short Breaks Fund Manager (Grants). Prior to this, Ellie led the fundraising and marketing team at Carr Gomm, a Scottish social care charity. She began her career as a community development facilitator in Nigeria, before moving into programme development and funding. More recently, she has held a range of fundraising roles in the voluntary sector, both overseas, and across Scotland. Ellie also has experience as a charity trustee and advisor, and is passionate about social care, organisational development and innovation in the third sector.×
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 recently took up the position of President of the International Short Breaks Association as part of Shared Care Scotland’s preparations for hosting the 10th International Short Breaks conference in Edinburgh in 2016.
Contact Don: firstname.lastname@example.org×
Short Breaks Fund Manager (Learning Exchange)
Gary WaddellShort Breaks Fund Manager (Learning Exchange)
Gary joined Shared Care Scotland in May 2015 from the Voluntary Action Fund where he was a development officer in the Community Safety Team managing grant funding aimed at tackling intra Christian sectarianism. Starting life as a cartographer he moved into training and spent 10 years as a senior lecturer in training and development at Stevenson College which was followed by spells with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian before moving to the Scottish Prison Service to lead on prisoner education, training and employability. Gary is also an unpaid director of a community interest company called Paws for Progress which runs the first prison-based dog training programme in the UK and is a member of the Children’s Panel.
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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×
Lesley has worked in various administrative roles in the public and voluntary sector for many years now. She enjoys the varied role she has with Shared Care Scotland since first starting with them in January 2004 and enjoys helping to put people in touch with carer support and short break services and the challenges this can sometimes bring
She lives in Crossford, near Dunfermline with her husband and teenage son. In her spare time she sings with a band and is the volunteer secretary for Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra.
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