Since my early retirement from Glasgow University I have been heavily involved with Citizens Advice Bureaux at East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and presently Drumchapel. At the moment I am the Social Policy Co-ordinator at Drumchapel, which means that I deal with many of the issues surrounding carers, and those being cared for. Although not a carer I feel that I have gained many insights into the difficulties carers face and the obstacles they often have to overcome.
I welcome the opportunity to serve Carers Link as a Director, and support the much needed work staff and volunteers carry out.
Anne has been involved with Carers Link since its inception. With a background in education, and two decades experience as a full time carer, she has served as a Carer Rep on the Carers Partnership Group for several years.
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.
As the parent of a child with type1 diabetes and epilepsy, diagnosed when she was four years old, I had many years of caring for a child with varying degrees of need whilst suffering from concurrent life threatening conditions. My husband suffers from a chronic condition who, when presenting with an acute flare up, requires considerable support. As a paediatric radiographer (now retired) I had wide experience of dealing with disabling conditions and appreciate the impact this has on children and their families.
As past chair of Baldernock Community Council, and past board member of Baldernock Community Development Trust I have experience of working on management committees and hope to use this, and my knowledge of the local community, to help Carers Link support carers
I joined the board in late September 2020. While this is my first undertaking of a board position, I am keen to embark on a new challenge and trust that I’ll be able to package together the professional knowledge gained through my interdisciplinary background, along with my personal experiences of caring, into something that will be beneficial for the Carers Link organisation as a whole.
As an individual, I am passionate about equality, diversity and inclusivity. As a member of the Carers Link board, I hope that I’ll be able to engage these passions in some meaningful way, particularly in relation to the problems faced by young carers.
I was born and brought up in Andalusia in the south of Spain where culturally there is a very strong bond towards caring for older relatives. In the past I have volunteered for East Renfrewshire Council with adults with learning difficulties, supporting staff during meetings and day trips. This experience means the role of carers in society is close to my heart.
I have over 15 years of experience working as a Human Resources Director, working mainly in global multicultural companies. This has given me valuable experience in preparing organisations to deal empathetically with carers facing very challenging domestic situations while juggling their career. I have managed individuals finding themselves in this situation. I know how challenging and complex this area can be.
In my personal life I live locally in Bearsden and I like spending time in the surrounding areas with my husband and young son. Holidays are about meeting friends and family and travelling to Spain as often as we can.
Before retiring, I worked in the NHS for 37 years as a Speech and Language Therapist, specialising in young children with a visual impairment. Since then I have volunteered for Milngavie in Bloom and Carers Link.
As the parent of an adult daughter with Autism, I became involved with Carers Link a number of years ago, initially to receive advice and support. Since then I have benefitted from autism training as well as individual and group support. This has helped me a great deal as a carer and I hope now to give something back to Carers Link by being a board member.
Now more than ever the difficulties for carers are growing. Hopeful to help, I come to the board primarily from a business background. My role as Commercial Director of a UK pharmaceutical company gives me good insight and experience into the broad umbrella of sales and marketing based activities. I am hopeful that I can bring these marketing, people reaching and branding skills to Carers Link in a meaningful way.
Alongside my business life I volunteer my time to the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat (Charity lifeboat). I help the boat with their website, social media, fundraising via sales, acquiring a new site and indeed as crew on callouts and providing safety cover. This has been incredibly rewarding and I thoroughly enjoy my time with the boat. The crew are a fantastic team and I am honoured to be involved.
I live in Bearsden and in my spare time I enjoy keeping up with global business developments, kayaking, skiing and traveling with my family."