As a young adult, I was very involved as a volunteer for the red cross and was very actively involved with children with disabilities clubs. We would take the kids on residential retreats, as well as running the Saturday morning club for the kids. This gave me an enormous amount of pleasure, but as the years went on, study, work and family commitments meant that I was giving less time to this. As my daughter got older, I found myself with more time and wanted to volunteer again. I have a mostly business background in Procurement and Project Management, and I decided to look at serving on the board, both to gain experience, and to give my time. I have been on the board of Carers Link since 2014, and have found it an immensely rewarding undertaking. In 2017 my father was diagnosed with Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma and I experienced first-hand the strain caring for someone terminally ill places on the family. I was particularly honoured to be nominated and accepted as Chairman of the board in 2018, a role that I have very large and distinguished shoes to fill. In my day to day life, I am a senior manager with West Dunbartonshire Council, I am married to Alison, and have one daughter.
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.
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.
I volunteered with Carers Link’s telephone support service to give something back for the help and support I had received from Carers Link during my many years of being a carer and subsequently I joined the board. I have recently retired after almost 30 years of being the Administrator for Dancesport Scotland which is the Governing Body for Ballroom and Latin American Dancing in Scotland.
Hobbies are ballroom dancing, gardening and writing.
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
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 Working Group for several years.
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.
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.