The Board of Directors of Carers Link are all volunteers, whose main responsibility is governance of the charity. They ensure that Carers Link is run efficiently and properly, and that our funds are spent properly. They monitor the progress of the work of the organisation and make sure that it continues to meet the needs of carers in East Dunbartonshire.
If you are interested in joining our Board you can find out more in our booklet Get on Board! – and if you think it’s something you might enjoy, please get in touch with Jennifer Roe, our Chief Executive Officer, for an informal chat. Jennifer can be contacted either by email or by telephoning 0800 975 2131, or you can complete an online enquiry form.
Current Board members
Rob Kay, Chair
I live in Kilsyth, am married with three children and one grandson, and support my adult son, Jordan, who has Down’s Syndrome. I am a former NHS and Social Work manager, and currently work in market research part time. I enjoy travel and jazz music, and am active in outdoor pursuits.
Patricia Atkinson, Vice Chair
I became a member of Carers Link over a decade ago when the charity was first established. As a carer for my son I was helping set up a parent support group in the area, for families of children with similar challenges. Carers Link helped us establish our group, AFASIC East Dunbartonshire, and supported me as an individual carer. A few years later they also advised me when I was caring for my late father. I recently took early retirement as a Nurse and Health Visitor to support my son, now a teenager, in working towards some level of independent living. I wanted to assist Carers Link as a Board member, because the help they gave me was invaluable. I am particularly interested in Carers’ Health and finding ways of preventing the long term impact of caring on people’s health, especially parents of children with disabilities.
Susan Young, Treasurer
I have worked in both the private and public sector before and also volunteered for 5 years with Marie Curie Cancer Care. I now work for a large Scottish National Charity so have gained a wide experience in all sectors but also wanted to see things from the ‘other side’ and gain a Board Member’s perspective. Thanks to my employers, I’m being supported to volunteer with Carers Link on their board. I hope I can make a positive contribution to Carers Link especially on matters relating to finance, IT and data protection.
Douglas Lee, Director
After a career at sea as a Marine Engineer I was a manager in the engineering inspection industry for a multi-national company. Since retiring I have become a Community Councillor in my local area and I spend some of my spare time researching and collecting nautical antiques. I have been a volunteer with Carers Link since 2014. I am part of the Carers Call team and have also been involved in the Emergency Plan project from its beginning. I feel a strong commitment to Carers Link as it provides such a supportive and vital role to so many people in the community.
Margo Fraser, Director
I first heard of Carers Link in 2008 when my husband was discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of Guillain Barre Syndrome. I can’t remember who told me about Carers Link but I will be eternally grateful to whoever did as during the difficult five years which were to follow I could not have managed without the help and support I received from them. Last year I offered my services to give something back and subsequently joined the board. My interests are ballroom dancing, gardening and writing and I am the Administrator for Dancesport Scotland which is the Governing Body for Ballroom and Latin American Dancing in Scotland.
Margaret Hamilton, Director
My name is Margaret Hamilton. I attended my first board meeting on the 3rd Feb 2012. When my own caring role came to an end in 2000 I joined The Milngavie and Bearsden Carers Group. I was on their board until 2002 when the name Carers Link was approved for an organisation to support carers in Dunbartonshire. When I returned a few years ago I was amazed how the organisation had grown. I have been working as a volunteer for Carers Call for the last two years and I enjoy doing so in such a friendly environment. Unfortunately ill-health has recently prevented me from helping on ‘Carers Call’ but I am still on the board and look forward to being able to help out in other ways.
Derek McLean, Director
As a young adult I was an active volunteer with the Red Cross. My main areas of volunteering were as a first aider, but I was very active in the care of children with disabilities. I was involved in taking the kids away on residential retreats, and assisted in running a Saturday morning activity club for the children. However as years passed, work and family commitments meant that effort was gradually dropped. As I found myself having more time, I wanted to undertake voluntary work again. I felt that I could use my professional experience on a board, and felt that Carers Link was a perfect choice to help in a small way with the work that they do. I joined the Board in October 14 and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and working with the rest of the team. In my normal life, I am a Procurement Manager for CalMac Ferries. I am married to Alison and have a young daughter.
Gillian Macnaughton, Director
I joined the Board in 2014 as I wanted to do something which would benefit my local community. Carers Link appeared to me to fulfil such a worthwhile role that I was keen to become involved. I live in Bearsden and have 3 children one of whom is still at school. I am a solicitor and have worked in the legal profession since 1983 primarily in the field of litigation.
Sandra Wilson, Director
I joined the board after volunteering since 2009 with office work, events and training courses. I first learned about caring issues while providing information to carers of people with motor neurone disease. Recently I have worked with health and social care professionals and carers researching and designing websites on learning disability and dementia. I am married with two grown up children and have a family member with dementia. I have an interest in bibliotherapy and enjoy volunteering as a StorySharer in a sheltered housing complex.