Care of Older People in Scotland 2019: 7th Annual Conference
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, The ALLIANCE
Irene is Director at the ALLIANCE leading on Strategic Partnerships and Engagement. Thematic areas which she manages include, Dementia Carer Voices, Prescription for Excellence, Neurological Conditions, Sensory Impairment, and Transforming Care After Treatment programmes. She is also The ALLIANCE Strategic Lead on the National Conversation, Our Voice initiatives and representative on the Scottish Health Council Committee Board, Scottish Public Service Ombudsman Sounding Board, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Ihub Board, National Dementia Advisory Group and a member of the Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy short term working group, Dementia Forum and Strategy and Implementation Group.
As a Member of the Scottish Parliament, Irene set up and chaired the Cross Party Group on Alzheimer’s and Dementia which drafted and agreed the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers.
Irene`s work also extends to Europe where she is currently chair of European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) UK National Liaison Team (NLT), as well as representing Scotland's third sector on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). As an MSP Irene chaired the European and External Relations Committee for most of her 12year term.
She actively campaigns on the rights of older people and was the first ever Member of the Scottish Parliament to be nominated and shortlisted for Dod’s 2009 UK Parliamentary Award for Services to Older People. Irene also recently stood down as Chair of National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) having served as Chair for four years.
Her recent publications include, Dementia Carer Voices - Rights and the Carer Voice June 2017, Joint Improvement Team Legacy Report 2016, Digital Technology - Giving You Choice and Control November 2014, In Good Faith Building Compassionate Communities July 2013 and PATH to Active Ageing 2012, as well as regular articles in the Scotsman, Herald and Holyrood Magazine.
Irene was educated at Strathclyde University, where she obtained an Honours degree in Politics and a post graduate MSc by Research.
Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate
I was appointed chief executive of the Care Inspectorate in December 2018.
I have been privileged to spend over 30 years in the public sector, working to make a difference. I am as passionate about care and support now as I was when I first started out. I am ambitious for social care; I want people in Scotland to experience transformational, world-class care that makes a real and positive difference to their lives.
I graduated from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a degree in social sciences and a qualification in social work and began my career as a social worker in Glasgow in 1987. Since then, I have worked in a range of frontline social work services, with a particular interest in working with children and young people.
I joined Renfrewshire council in 1996 as an area manager, responsible for adult, children’s and criminal justice social work in a busy locality team. In early 2007, I was appointed head of children’s services and criminal justice for social work and the community health partnership. Later that year, I was appointed director of social work. I was honoured to become president of the Association of Directors of Social Work in 2012. In 2015, I became Renfrewshire’s first director of a new children’s services directorate, bringing together children’s social work, education and criminal justice services.
I have a long-held interest in research and innovation and am chair of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. I have co-chaired national groups looking at outcomes and commissioning in relation to health and care integration. I also sit on the boards of MacMillan Cancer Support TCAT Programme and Scottish Government’s Re-aligning Children’s Services programme.
I was brought up in the Western Isles as a Gaelic speaker. I have volunteered in social care services abroad, including in Tanzania. In my spare time, I enjoy mountains, outdoor swimming and cycling. My family and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017.
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