Maureen has been the Director of Faith in Older People since 2007. She was previously the Director of Age Concern Scotland (now AGE Scotland), She has served as a board member on a variety of voluntary sector organisations concerned with homelessness, alcohol related problems, mental health and poverty. Maureen served as a UK appointee to the European Economic and Social Committee in which she was the President of the Social Affairs Section and is currently the Chairperson of an independent care home for older people. She was awarded the OBE in 2019 for services to older people and the voluntary sector.
Mary has been involved with Faith in Older People since 2015 as Administrator. She was previously Publications Secretary at the Scottish Episcopal Church’s General Synod Office for 14 years.
Educated at The Salvation Army’s International Training College in London and St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Bob has over 50 years of experience in voluntary sector management and leadership. He has been a Director/Trustee of numerous Voluntary Sector groups and instrumental in the development of a local Stroke Club, Dyslexic group, citywide support for carers, registered day care service for people with dementia and a range of other activities.
Bob retired from his post as CEO at Yes-U-Are Partnership in March 2018. Formerly he was the CEO of the Eric Liddell Centre in Edinburgh, he led in its transformation from church hall based activities to the professional, charitable, enterprising agency that now exists.
Bob has been a Trustee at Faith in Older People since 2013 and is currently privileged to be serving as Faith in Older People’s Chairman, he is also a Trustee of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action.
Bob is committed to a fairer society in which the infinite value of each individual is valued and where community transformation and development comes about through the transformation of individual lives.
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After four years teaching religious education, first in her hometown in Nottinghamshire and then at Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney, Lynda attended St Colm’s College in Edinburgh to train as a Deacon for the Church of Scotland. She then spent 11 years in parish ministry before going to work for the Iona Community as one of the wardens of the Abbey for three years. Using the experience she gained there, and with Iona Community support, Lynda set up a small charity, the Tabor Trust, with a group of friends and colleagues, which ran a small retreat centre, Key House, in Falkland, Fife. Lynda ran this retreat ministry for 18 years before joining the Spiritual Care Team in NHS Fife, as a part time chaplain with responsibility for care of the elderly. She continues to work with that team for a few hours each week coordinating, training and supporting a team of Volunteer Listeners who work in GP Surgeries listening to those patients who need to talk rather than receive a clinical intervention. Throughout her career Lynda has used her teaching skills in adult education – in the parish and retreat setting and latterly in the NHS with nursing staff and volunteers.
Richard is Policy Manager for Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded. His first role in the third sector was as Scottish Press Officer for Help the Aged, joining the charity in 2000. In 2003 he was elected to the Scottish Parliament as an MSP for North East Scotland. He stood down from Holyrood in 2015 to return to the third sector as Team Leader for Age Scotland’s Early Stage Dementia Project. In 2016 he took over the role of Policy and Communications Manager for Age Scotland, and in November 2017 took up his current role. He is a former Trustee of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen.
Rohini Sharma Joshi is a long-standing passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion who has championed the rights of marginalised communities to equal treatment, dignity and respect, particularly as they age and become more vulnerable. In a distinguished career, she has devised ground-breaking projects which have improved the quality of life of many hundreds of older people.
Rohini has worked in the housing sector for over thirty years and led and managed an award-winning Equality Programme for over 22 years with projects and initiatives which are recognized as examples of Good Practice.
She has demonstrated history of working in public and non -profit organisations, skilled in social housing, social enterprise, culture change, equality, diversity and unconscious bias trainer, researcher, project management and community engagement. Strong housing and equality professional, (FCIH) Fellow Member of Chartered Institute of Housing.
She is a highly regarded professional with a reputation as an innovator and leader on equality and diversity issues.
She sits on many advisory committees and operates at a strategic level, engaging regularly and effectively with government representatives and public bodies on equality, older people and housing issues.
Frankie Greenwood is coming to the end of her PhD at the University of Edinburgh (September 2019). Her PhD has focused on meaningful connections with people in the more advanced stages of dementia with the aim of highlighting the full humanity and personhood of the person in the later stages of the illness. Once finished her studies, she will be joining the Bringing out Leaders in Dementia team as a research assistant. Prior to starting my PhD, Frankie had her own business providing music workshops for parents and their children, for adults with learning difficulties and for people with dementia in different care homes across Renfrewshire. She also spent much of her time volunteering in different community organisations, supporting parents in a life group, being a member of my local village council and the school PTA committees, the Beavers and the local children’s football club, and her local church.
Su has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 30 years and is currently the Chief Executive of LifeCare (Edinburgh) providing a range of services for older people, people with dementia and carers at different points along their care journey. She is strongly committed to helping others and to communities leading the design of services that they want. Educated at Stirling, and Edinburgh Universities, Su has a broad education and a range of experiences in the voluntary sector including environment and conservation; youth at risk; research, education; animal welfare; sport, recreation and health; youth development and elder care.
Calum has 20 years experience working in the Third Sector including working with the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council, where he was responsible for helping local congregations engage and play a part in helping their local community flourish. Prior to this he was a community development worker with Faith in Community Scotland, an anti-poverty organisation that supports faith communities in Scotland’s 5% most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. During his time at Faith in Community Scotland he developed the Ageing Well programme; helping local faith communities in Glasgow develop new initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of older people in Glasgow. Seventeen local initiatives were established from a variety of faith groups.
Dr John Gillies is an Edinburgh graduate who has worked in Malawi and as a general practitioner in rural Scotland, latterly in Selkirk for 16 years. He has been an undergraduate tutor, a GP educational supervisor and a training programme director with NHS Education Scotland. He was Chair of the Royal College of GPs in Scotland from 2010 to 2014. During this time, he focused on collaborative leadership, including integration, and quality improvement in healthcare. He has published on rural healthcare, medical ethics, medical humanities, heart disease and primary healthcare policy. He co-directs the Compassion Initiative within the Global Health Academy, which works across disciplines to use the growing evidence for compassion in workplaces including healthcare. He is an Honorary Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh and Deputy Director of SSPC, which works nationally and internationally on developing evidence for practice and policy. He is on the editorial board for a book of poetry for new doctors, Tools of the Trade, gifted to all new doctors in Scotland, published jointly by Scottish Poetry Library and Polygon Press in June 2019. Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care; Honorary Professor of General Practice; Senior Adviser, Global Health Academy; Co-director, University of Edinburgh Global Compassion Initiative.
Deidre has worked in multiple industries internationally. Her most recent role was as a nutrition manager in Long Term Care homes in Canada. She is passionate about enhancing the quality of life experiences of older people, especially those in care homes, through meaningful research, training and advocacy. Deidre believes ‘food’ and ‘mealtime experiences’ are pivotal points in older peoples’ lives and an important influence on some of their spiritual experiences. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Deidre’s research focus is on exploring care home residents’ mealtime experiences during infectious disease outbreaks. Her aim is to enhance mealtime opportunities for residents in care home.
Amy’s professional background is as a practice manager of dental and oral maxillofacial surgeries. However, she has a passion for the elderly which strengthened whilst volunteering as an activity coordinator assistant in an aged care home, predominantly with residents who had dementia. As a result, she decided to gain her qualification as a Leisure and Lifestyle coordinator, and an Assistant in Nursing. She then went on to start her own business called Leisure Together to support older people to continue to do what they found enjoyable and meaningful.
Following a period off to raise her two children, Amy is excited to be backing up her passion with further knowledge by studying an MSc in Dementia Studies (University of Stirling).
Amy recently undertook Namaste Care training and is in the early stages of establishing a national comprehensive online Namaste Care training programme. With Covid restrictions easing, she will soon be implementing Namaste Care into care homes in Edinburgh.
Amy also works closely with her local Community Trust, organising a weekly seniors activity hub in the town hall.