Carers Act Implementation Steering Group


The Carers Act Implementation Steering Group (ISG) brings together the main delivery partners, including local authorities, health boards, integration join boards, COSLA, third and private sectors, carer organisations, and other organisations who have an interest in, and a role to play, in the successful implementation of the Carers Act.

The ISG has developed a national plan for implementing the Carers Act, and members are using their influence to support delivery of that plan.

Separate working groups were established with a focus on specific sections of the Act. These groups have fed into the work of the ISG and the development of regulations and guidance.


  • Jamie MacDougall - Scottish Government
  • Leanne Gillespie – NHS Lothian
  • John Wood (previously Beth Hall) – COSLA
  • Alison White – Midlothian HSCP
  • Ann Cummings – Greater Glasgow Council
  • Shiona Strachan – Clackmannanshire & Stirling HSCP
  • Don Williamson – Shared Care Scotland
  • Simon Hodgson – Carers Scotland
  • Claire Cairns – Coalition of Carers in Scotland
  • Louise Morgan – Carers Trust Scotland
  • Suzanne Munday – Minority and Ethnic Carers of Older People Project
  • Mags McCarthy – Crossroads
  • Steven Wilson – Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • As yet unidentified (previously Rami Okasha) - Care Inspectorate
  • Peter McCulloch – Social Work Scotland
  • Jane Johnstone – Office of the Chief Social Worker
  • Julie McKinney – Scottish Government Health Finance
  • Scottish Government Integration – Brian Nisbet
  • Julie Rintoul – Scottish Government Analytical Services
  • Alison Upton – Scottish Social Security Council
  • Audrey Taylor – NHS Education Scotland
  • Kimberley Mroz (previously John Butcher)  - Association of Directors of Education in Scotland
  • Irene Oldfather - Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
  • Donald MacLeod – Carer Representative
  • Mohammed Afzal – Carer Representative
  • As yet unidentified (previously Frances Simpson) - Coalition of Community Care Providers in Scotland
  • Chris Creegan – Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities
  • David Beyt – Alzheimers Scotland
  • Colin Angus – Royal College of GPs
  • Frank McKillop - ENABLE



Phone: Michael Mawdsley, 0131 244 0777


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