Morven Brooks, Chief Executive Officer
Morven works with the team to ensure that SDEF is effective in its aims to promote equality and to reduce barriers to Independent Living. Responsible for the strategic development of the organisation, Morven continues to advance the influence and impact of SDEF and its stakeholders.
Emma Scott – Equality Projects Manager
Emma is responsible for managing a broad number of projects/initiatives. Working closely with the CEO to implement the organisations’s strategy to work towards social inclusion for Disabled People in Scotland.
Ian Buchanan, Access Engagement Officer
Ian is our Access Engagement Officer and it is his role to support, develop and promote the Access Panel Network. Ian has recently joined us from ENABLE Scotland and brings with him a genuine passion and desire to improve access to equality for disabled people in Scotland.
James Davidson – Online Access Worker
James is responsible for all our online content which includes our Hubs and our website. James also assists the Access Engagement Officer (AEO) in the implementation of Section 10 Adult Care and Support Business Plan, with specific regard to the development of online content. As part of the Access Team, James ensures that information on equality, access and inclusion is, where appropriate, published on the corresponding website.
Maeve Bain, Senior Office Administrator
Maeve is responsible for the administration of our finances, keeping us right on book-keeping and payments, as well as supporting in other areas such as minute-taking and regular Board related duties. Maeve’s voice will usually be the one which greets you when you call us!
Maureen Bennison, SDEF Administrator
Maureen provides administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Equality Unit funded side to SDEF. She also provides support for events held by SDEF and Access Panels. Maureen is also working to increase membership and sponsorship, as well as creating Easy Read documents and administering consultations for Scottish and UK Governments.
Gillian Smith, Access Administrator
Gillian is our Access Administrator and provides administrative support to the AEO and to the wider Access Panel network. She has years of experience working in HR and administrative roles and working closely with community groups and is looking forward to getting to know the Access Panels. It will usually be Gillian that Access Panels deal with on a day-to-day basis. Gillian also provides support for events that are run by the Access Team and assists the AEO in the planning of the yearly Access Panel Conference.
Hope Craig – Convenor
I graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a First class LL.B (Hons). I have recently completed a legal traineeship and also sit as a member of the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland. My desire to become a director of SDEF stems from both personal and professional experiences of disability. I look forward to this new challenge and to working with the rest of the board to help further the good work of the SDEF.
Alex Thorburn – Vice Convenor
I have been an office-bearer of Dumfries & Galloway Disability Action Panel since its formation and I have been working both with and for disabled people for over 20 years. I am a member of the SNAP (Scottish National Action Plan) Health and Social Care Action Group and the SNAP Adequate Standard of Living Reference Group.
Jackie Maceira – Treasurer
Hi, I am known as Jackie and am 60 years young. I am a wheelchair user as I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Despite this I have led a very full and eventful life. I have been married to Margaret (who also has a disability as she contracted polio at 10 months). We have two daughters, Kirsty and Laura and also two granddaughters, Brooke and Nieve (gender balance has never been an issue in our house – I wonder why).
As a person with a disability I have had and continue to experience discrimination that impacts on my life and that of my family. Having seen some of the barriers, the problems first hand, I work to be part of the solution.
I am the Chairperson of Disability West Lothian and the West Lothian Access Committee. My role has been to bring together individuals and representatives of West Lothian Council so that there is a commitment to tackling the local equality issues, our goal to improve the quality of life of disabled people in West Lothian. As a Trustee and Board Member of Drake Music Scotland I worked with other Directors to meet the aims and objectives to create music making opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages using innovative music technologies.As a youth worker I work with young people age 14 to 25 through social and education activities by helping to inspiring them thought promoting equality, diversity and opportunity.
My background is mainly in NHS Scotland, initially as a psychiatric and general nurse before moving into Para medicine with the Scottish Ambulance Service. After 13 years as a frontline paramedic in Glasgow I moved into management holding various senior management positions within the ambulance service for over a further 15 years. I was heavily involved in Accident and Emergency ambulance service provision in various areas in Scotland and led on the previous Patient Transport Service Redesign Strategy. I am the recipient of two queens medals. One for “Long Service and Good Conduct” to the NHS and the second for “Dedication to the NHS”.
I recently had to take early medical retirement after several lots of surgery for a spinal cord injury at L3/4/5 and S1. I am now involved in Children’s Hearings Scotland and is also a qualified counsellor. I am the current Chair of Spinal Injuries Scotland, an organisation I got involved with after her spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. I am also the National Convener for Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.
Linda brings to the role experience and qualifications in Operational Management and Service Delivery, Corporate Governance, Strategy Planning and Development, Risk Management, Change Management, Team Building and Leadership and Organisational Planning utilising project methodologies.
I have worked in Public Service most of my life. This included Health Board, Strathclyde region, Local Authority and the Civil Service. I worked within an Adult Training Centre for people with Learning Disabilities for 10 years and also a centre for people with Physical Disabilities. Since early retirement, due to disability, I studied for a BSc in Computer Networking and also Microsoft Subjects (MCP).
I have been involved in voluntary organisations including DMUK, Access Panel, SDEF, Public Partnership Forum, Health Board for users and carers and the Human Rights Consortium. I am very passionate about Equality and Independent Living. No matter who people are, we are all entitles to the same lifestyle.
Hi my name is Patrick McGuigan, I am 62 years old, I have sight problems, walk with crutches and was also a wheelchair user. As I was born with Cerebral Palsy I have been involved with many organisations over the years: Strathclyde Forum on Disability, Castlemilk Forum on Disability, RNIB, NFB, SDEF, SATA and SRAF.
I am currently the Service User Representative for Guide Dogs Glasgow Mobility Team, supporting guide dog owners and service users in the West of Scotland. I have held this voluntary post in all its’ various guises for the last 25 years, at both Local and National levels, during which time I have gained a great deal of invaluable experience and skills and still retain my passion and commitment in supporting Guide Dogs key messages and representing the views and interests of its’ Clients/ Service Users. I joined North Lanarkshire Access Panel in 2012, becoming Interim Chair in June of this year, gaining valuable experience with the Access Panel and also the training provided by SDEF. I am also currently a Trustee of SITE, a “DPULO” charity based in Glasgow, providing support in IT and Awareness training for the visually impaired, their supporters and employers. Although as a visually impaired guide dog owner, my primary concerns are for that of the visually impaired, I am very much open to the bigger picture of Access for All, whether it be services, communications or technology.