The Role of Regulators in Scotland: Delivering Effective Accountability and Scrutiny for Public Services, Markets and Consumers
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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