- 8 Sep 2021
Biographies for members of the Social Covenant Steering Group.
Kevin Stewart MSP (Chair)
Minister for Mental wellbeing and Social Care
Sarah is an ambassador for young people with long term health conditions, learning disabilities, early experience of bereavement, care experienced young people and young carers and experienced all these challenges herself at a young age. Nineteen-year-old Sarah works with the Usual Place in Dumfries, a community café which provides training, education and employability skills for young people with additional support needs.
Dr Caroline Gould
Caroline lives on the Isle of Skye and works for a local charity for disabled people and advises on accessibility of buildings and services and training of staff.
For five years Tommy Whitelaw was a full-time carer for his late mother Joan who had Vascular Dementia. Since 2011 he has engaged with thousands of carers through his ‘Tommy on Tour’ blog and is National Lead for Caring and Outreach with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s Carer Voices project.
Marion McArdle has an adult daughter who has profound multiple learning disabilities and complex health needs.
Sophie and Robert Hogg
74-year-old Sophie has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Robert is her husband and carer.
Susan and her wife Maria have care needs.
Robert had addiction issues and was on methadone for 18 years and was addicted to heroin for two decades. He has now recovered and volunteers at an addiction centre where he helps others.
Richard is a is a young man with disabilities who is able to study at college with the help of a care package.
Carmen is a social care worker, and a member of the Unite union, who supports adults with complex care needs.
Is a resident in a South Lanarkshire care home.
Shubhanna cares for her youngest child, who is autistic with a significant learning disability, as well as managing the health and care needs of her mother. She also provides support to her husband who was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition a few years ago. She is currently the Partnership Development Officer at the Coalition of Carers in Scotland.
Jim Elder -Woodward
Jim has cerebral- palsy and is also an experienced campaigner for disabled peoples’ rights. He was also a member of the IRASC advisory group
Cathie has been campaigning with Care Home relatives Scotland to protect the rights of loved ones in nursing and residential care. She is a former Corporate Communications Manager at South Lanarkshire Council.
Cllr Stuart Currie (COSLA)
Councillor Stuart Currie is the COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care. He was also a member of the IRASC advisory group.
Dr Pauline Nolan
Pauline Nolan is Policy manager at Inclusion Scotland which runs the Scottish Government funded People-led Policy Panel, a diverse group of people who all have lived experience of adult social care support.
Janet lives in the Highlands. She is a member of Inclusion Scotland and the People Led Policy Panel.
Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation, Qulturum, Jönköping County, Sweden Goran is a board member of the Swedish Institute for Quality, SIQ and the Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the International Quality Forum organised by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Goran was also a member of the IRASC advisory panel.
John has Usher Syndrome type 2 and been severely Deaf from birth, then began losing his sight in his late teens. He now has less than 5% vision left, and has lived experience of dual sensory loss for over 50 years. Formerly a Board member of Deafblind Scotland, he now has a role as a Training and Participation officer, delivering training and talks to both the public and private sector, promoting equality and support for those with dual sensory loss.