• We Have a Choice

    Date: October 15, 2019- Category: CEO blog

    Last week I addressed COSLA and the Improvement Service Conference- the annual gathering of Scottish Local Authorities in St Andrews. The Theme was 20 Years Since Devolution – We Have a Choice.  I was invited to speak on behalf of SCVO in my role as Vice Convenor, on the value…

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  • Power in Partnership

    Date: June 21, 2018- Category: CEO blog

    When it comes to standing up for the rights of people who have a learning disability and fighting inequalities in society, working together is the best way to get things done. History tells us that we can achieve more together than as individuals – as CEO of an organisation set…

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  • 65 Years of Breaking Barriers

    Date: May 25, 2018- Category: CEO blog

    Last night I had the privilege of attending the Strathclyde University gala dinner at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The occasion marked the anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen granting Strathclyde the Royal Charter in 1964, a significant milestone in the University’s history. The University of Strathclyde continues to be…

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  • I’m giving up my time to help a woman fulfil her potential

    Date: March 8, 2018- Category: CEO blog

    I was delighted last night to receive a letter from the First Minister inviting me to take some time to mentor a young woman as part of our collective journey to develop a fairer Scotland full of equal aspiration and opportunity for all. I am proud to say that for…

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    The Scottish Living Wage – looking forward

    Date: October 19, 2017- Category: CEO blog

    Only yesterday, I wrote in the Times ‘Thunderer’ column that to achieve the best social care, we have to commit to paying our social care staff better. This article was published alongside the latest in a long line of reports from public bodies – this time from the Care Inspectorate – highlighting the scale of…

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    Choice and control exist in social care – just not yet with the people who need it

    Date: August 24, 2017- Category: CEO blog

    Eight years ago I began working with ENABLE Scotland as a management consultant, helping to prepare the organisation for the brave new world of Personalisation and Self-Directed Support (SDS). Around that time, ENABLE Scotland was involved in several innovative SDS pilots, including in North Lanarkshire and Glasgow. I worked with…

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