MacKay Hannah

Caring for the Rising Population of Older People in Scotland: Care, Protection and Partnerships


Sandra McDonald

The Public Guardian in Scotland

Sandra holds qualifications in law, nursing and public sector management. Sandra worked as a Sister on an Intensive Care Unit, before ‘crossing sides’ to NHS management. Sandra managed various NHS services before undertaking and successfully completing a law degree. On graduating Sandra became an in house legal advisor to an NHS Trust. This somewhat unusual combination of experiences and qualifications were invaluable in her role as Public Guardian.

Public Guardian

For 14 years (2004-2018) Sandra was the Public Guardian for Scotland. The Public Guardian supports as well as supervises those appointed, under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, to administer the affairs of persons with incapacity. She holds qualifications in law, public sector management and nursing. She led a team of 80, delivering a service across the whole of Scotland.


Sandra offers mental capacity/incapacity advice and training, drawing on the breadth and wealth of her experience as Public Guardian. All advice and training is tailored to client's needs and is specifically designed to assist both those supporting, as well as those developing and delivering services for, people with incapacity.


Annette Bruton

Chief Executive, Care Inspectorate

Annette, originally from East Lothian, has had a highly distinguished career in public service as well as extensive experience and expertise in education.

She originally trained and worked as a geography teacher, and later moved into learning support and special educational needs. She joined HM Inspectorate of Education in 2001 and was one of six chief inspectors of education. In 2009, she took up the role of director of Education, Culture and Sport at Aberdeen City Council, where she worked until joining the Care Inspectorate in 2012.

As chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, Annette oversaw the successful merger of three organisations into a single body. As a former teacher and someone who has dedicated most of her career to education at all levels, she has great empathy for the needs of students and staff, and the importance of ensuring they are all supported to succeed throughout their education and professional lives.

Annette took up post as principal and chief executive of Edinburgh College in May 2015.​​
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David Tares

Involving People Group Member and Lay Assessor, Care Inspectorate

David has 11 years experience as a Disability Equality Trainer for Capability Scotland.  Prior to taking up his training post he worked extensively in the voluntary field in areas which he had an interest in and passion for, including social inclusion, advocacy, health and furthering the rights of disabled people.

David has presented workshops for TPAS (Tenant Advisory Service) and The Scottish Housing Federation, and also contributed to a tenant participation tool kit for TPAS Wales.

He previously spent 5 years as a tenant board member of Margaret Blackwood (2002 -2007) and enjoys contributing to the work of the Scottish Social Services Council as an approval panel member.

He very much enjoys his input to the work of the Care Inspectorate both as a Lay Assessor and as part of the Involving People Group.

David maintains a very healthy interest in both the theatre and music, having in recent years appeared in a production of Measure for Measure at Dundee Rep. Acting and music is something he really enjoys and he hopes to expand into music journalism in the near future.


Professor Alan Miller

Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission

Professor Alan Miller was unanimously elected in 2007 by the Scottish Parliament to become the first Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, and he was unanimously re-nominated to the role in 2013 for a further three year term. As SHRC Chair he was re-elected in 2013 as Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and was also elected to the post of Secretary of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs.

Alan has a combination of experience and expertise in the field of human rights grounded in 25 years involvement with the legal, academic and voluntary communities within Scotland. He previously ran a law practice in Castlemilk, Glasgow and is a past President of the Glasgow Bar Association and former Director of the Scottish Human Rights Centre. He also teaches human rights on the LLM programme at the University of Strathclyde where he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law. Professor Miller also brings an international perspective and insight gained from engagement with the United Nations and other bodies in capacity-building initiatives in around 20 countries around the world.

Alan is the full time member of the Commission.


Ranald Mair

Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Ranald is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body for private and voluntary Care Homes, Care at Home and Housing Support services in Scotland. Prior to coming to Scottish Care in 2007, Ranald had an extensive career in Social Work and Social Care across a range of settings. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stirling University and his professional training at Nottingham. He also has a Post Qualifying Award in Child Care Studies from Newcastle University and the Certificate in Social Services Management and Leadership from Robert Gordon’s. Ranald is currently Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Safeguarding Committee. Ranald is also involved in a range of Scottish Government planning groups for services for Older People.


Anna Fowlie

Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council

Anna joined SCVO as Chief Executive at the end of April 2018. SCVO is the national membership body for the third sector in Scotland, providing services such as payroll and IT and publishing Third Force News, as well as lobbying and policy work on behalf of the sector. During the pandemic, SCVO has also been a key player in distributing crisis funding to voluntary organisations, delivering a one-stop-shop for advice and support and managing the Connecting Scotland programme.  Before she came to SCVO, Anna was Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council for nearly 9 years. The SSSC is the professional regulator for social workers and people working in adult and children’s social care.

Her career started with 18 years working in HR in local government, after which Anna joined COSLA as part of the employers function working on, for example, national pay negotiations. She then became lead for all policy relating to children and young people which led to her being seconded into Scottish Government to work on corporate parenting for children and young people in the care system before moving to the SSSC in 2009.

Anna has recently stepped down from the board of Who Cares? Scotland after 8 years, and has recently joined the board of SCDI. She has a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University, and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and is passionate about grassroots football.

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Gillian Brown

Partner, Morisons LLP

Gillian heads up Morison’s award-winning Private Client Team, and with over 25 years of experience as a private client practitioner her area of special interest is advising families who support an adult who lacks capacity, people living with learning and physical disabilities, as well as all aspects of caring for older people.

Representing families, charities, health organisations and professionals working in the social care sector, Gillian has developed niche services in this area providing an integrated approach to managing people’s wellbeing and financial affairs. Gillian passionately believes in delivering legal solutions in a straightforward and understandable way for people who are already dealing with challenging and complex situations.

Most recently Gillian launched an arts initiative open to people in Scotland living with a learning or a physical disability which was widely received and supported by several leading Scottish artists.

A Trustee of Mainstay Trust Ltd, which provides support to people with a learning or physical disability, their families and carers, Gillian is also a Trustee of a number of charitable trusts and family trusts and, in particular, trusts established to provide for beneficiaries who lack capacity. She is on the approval panel of legal providers for South Lanarkshire Council with regard to financial guardianships and provides this type service to various Local Authorities across the country.


Henry Simmons

Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland

Henry Simmons joined Alzheimer Scotland as Chief Executive in August 2008. Prior to this he worked as an Executive Director with ENABLE Scotland. He is a registered Social Worker, RMN and he has an MBA.

He has over twenty years expereince in the health and social care sector and has spent the majority of his career in the voluntary sector, primarily involved in developing new community based person centred services. Henry has worked in both the learning disability and mental health fields. He is a Board Member of Alzheimer Europe and is a General Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland. He is also chair of the NHS NES/SSSC Dementia Programme Board. 

David Welsh

Scottish Director, iMPOWER

David has spent more than 12 years working with and for the public sector and now leads iMPOWER’s consulting practice in Scotland.  

As well as designing and delivering large-scale transformation programmes for local authorities, he has recently been leading on significant behaviour change and demand management initiatives in community health partnerships – not least through the publication of Home Truths, a pioneering project focusing on the relationship between Social Care professionals and GPs.

Duncan McNeil MSP

Convener, Health and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament

Following six years on the Labour Party's Scottish Executive Committee, Mr McNeil was elected to the Scottish Parliament from the Greenock & Inverclyde constituency in May 1999.  
After 15 months serving on the Enterprise & Lifelong Learning Committee, he became Labour's Chief Whip and was elected to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) in December 2001.

Following his re-election in May 2003, Mr McNeil left the Whips' Office to take up the position of Chair of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party (SPLP) and serve as a member of the Health Committee.  

He was re-elected as MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde in May 2007.  During this term, he took up the the position of Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee.

He was re-elected for a 4th term as MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde in May 2011.   He took up the position of Convenor of the Health and Sport Committee.

Brian Sloan

Chief Executive, Age Scotland

Brian Sloan has a background in financial services, hospitality and retail, and he was for over a year Chairman of Age Scotland Enterprises, the Charity’s social enterprise arm. He became the Charity’s Interim Chief Executive in July 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive in January 2013.

Previously Brian was involved in strategic business development for Young Enterprise Scotland, charged with leading the promotion and expansion of enterprise into mainstream education. His financial experience included over a year as Head of Business Development with Capital Credit Union, Britain’s fifth largest not-for-profit cooperative.

Brian is married with four children, active both as a participant (golf and squash) and a spectator in a variety of sports and in early 2011 was appointed by the Scottish Government as a member of the Edinburgh Children's Panel.



Ellen Hudson

Associate Director, RCN Scotland

Ellen is currently the Associate Director, Professional Practice for the Royal College of Nursing, Scotland. She is responsible for leading the professional arm of the RCN which includes managing and supporting the learning & development, knowledge and research and policy functions within RCN Scotland. Her role requires Ellen to have an overview of all education and training, regulatory and professional practice issues which impact on nurses and nursing.

Ellen started her career as a registered nurse in Glasgow and gained experience in Burns and Plastic Surgery nursing as well as midwifery.  Ellen was a District Nursing Sister in Glasgow before moving into a range of clinical service and practice development posts where she established a number of integrated care services and became a Clinical Practice Facilitator in the community.  She then moved into Assistant Director of Nursing roles in Primary Care, first in Lomond & Argyll and then Greater Glasgow. Prior to joining the RCN, Ellen was Head of Nursing for the Rehabilitation & Assessment Directorate in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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