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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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.
Harriet is overseeing Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh, where she has developed and oversees a large Multi-faith and Belief Chaplaincy team. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Divinity School in Edinburgh, and has taught theology also at the universities of Exeter and Oxford. She specialises in philosophical-theology, and in areas that include care, the virtues, prayer, and ‘the art of dying’.
Jo trained as a nurse with the majority of her career being in specialist palliative care. She has a passion for empowering the generalist – establishing two hospital-based palliative care teams (London and Edinburgh), and, a Care Home Project Team at St Christopher’s Hospice, London. She has undertaken a number of research and quality improvement initiatives in care homes and has published widely. In 2013, Jo received an OBE for her work in palliative care. Jo is currently back in Edinburgh working at the University of Edinburgh with a vision to establish a teaching/research-based care centre in collaboration with health/social care.
Sister Isabel Smyth taught for over twenty years in the religious education department of St Andrew’s College of Education, which prepared teachers for the catholic school system in Scotland.
Isabel has had a long experience in interfaith work since her time with the Glasgow Sharing of Faiths which was the first interfaith group in the country. She worked with the Inter Faith Network for the UK to investigate the possibility of a Scottish Network and became the secretary to the Scottish Inter Faith Consultative Group and then founding secretary, Director and CEO of the Scottish Inter Faith Council.
She has served on a variety of inter faith and religious education bodies including the Churches Agency for Inter Faith Relations in Scotland, the UK Churches Commission for Inter Faith Relations and the Religious Education Movement in Scotland. She has been an honorary lecturer in the Centre for Inter Faith Studies at Glasgow University, having co-taught the Master’s Degree in Inter Faith Relations for the ten years of its existence.
At present she is secretary to the Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious Dialogue, an Honorary Fellow of Interfaith Scotland and an executive member of the West of Scotland Council of Christians and Jews. She also co-chairs the Advisory Group of the UK Council of Christians and Jews. In 2007 Isabel was awarded an OBE for her work in inter faith relations.
After qualifying as a social worker, Miriam had a lengthy career working in social care including posts in fieldwork, service management, strategy, development and commissioning. I retired three years ago. Latterly she worked as a Principal Officer for Older People in Glasgow City Council. At the core of her professional work was ensuring that individuals’ wishes were listened to and met. This was particularly important when the individual did not have mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.
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 works with the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council, 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.