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Meet our Trustees

Find out more about our Trustees including their professional and personal backgrounds

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Convenor

Professor Alan Baird

I have had a long connection with social work since qualifying in Social Work in 1980. I worked in Glasgow, Angus, Dundee and Edinburgh in a variety of practitioner and management positions in both local and Scottish Government.  Following ‘retirement’ in 2017, I was appointed Honorary professor at the University of Dundee, became President of Scottish Care and was appointed as a Member of the Scottish Social Services Council in 2018.

I am married with one daughter who is a primary school teacher.

I am excited about being appointed as a Trustee, as Dundee Carers Centre is an organisation I admired during my time working in Dundee.  I hope to bring both my professional and personal experience to the centre and especially to carers.

Vice Convenor

Jack Boyle

Following graduation from University of Dundee, I completed my qualification as a solicitor after a 2 year traineeship with Blackadders LLP.

I have now been with Blackadders for over 10 years, presently as a director within the employment law team.  I represent both employees and employers in all matters related to employment law, and I also represent individuals at SSSC hearings.

I have been a Board member since 2017.   I love (in no particular order) fishing, football and my partner and our two young children.  And of course, Dundee Carers Centre!

Arnot Tippett

I was born in Dundee but spent most of my adult life, until my recent early retirement, working away from the city. I am married with two sons.

I started my career in social care, working in some of the residential children’s homes in the city, then switched to a career in retail logistics.  I moved into strategic business consulting with an American software company in the early 90’s.  That role took me to live and work on projects in various countries around the world, mainly Chicago, Cape Town, London and Amsterdam.  I returned to the city when I joined the NHS as a Programme Manager in 2004 and remained in that position until I took the opportunity to retire early in 2020.

I have been a Trustee for over 5 years and have been fortunate enough to work with staff, managers and other trustees in many of the strategic developments undertaken at the Centre over that time.

Christine Barber

Currently working as a part time Educational Consultant, Christine undertakes research, training and consultancy in the field of community learning and development.

She has forty years of experience working in education as a lecturer and senior manager in community learning and development, social work, further and higher education in Dundee.  Christine has published papers and presented at several national and international conferences.

She is a former member of the Scottish Joint Universities Group and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland. Christine holds a range of qualifications, including the MSc Applied Professional Studies in Equality & Social Inclusion; the Certificate in Education (Middle School Teaching Qualification); the Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education.  Fundamental to her work practice is the promotion of partnership working between individuals, communities, organisations and services in achieving a fair and just society.

Prior to her role as a Trustee, Christine worked closely with Dundee Carers Centre to promote, organise and support university student placements at the Centre and she also co-worked with staff to develop and deliver learning opportunities.

Carolyn Johnstone

I joined the Board of Trustees in 2019 after attending an AGM and hearing about the wide range of activities; I was keen to do something to help but being a carer myself my time is limited.  This offered me an opportunity to give something back and work with a fantastic group of people.

I am a carer for my son who lives with quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy and am also a lecturer in Nursing at the University of Dundee.  Equality and fairness is something I am very passionate about, I firmly believe that people living with disability and carers should have the support they need, and are entitled to the same opportunities as everyone else.

At work I am a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and have been involved in the development of a policy to enhance the support for student carers. Along with this I have used my connections with Dundee Carers Centre and the Alliance of Health and Social Care in Scotland to develop nursing student education around carers and the importance of inclusion at all stages of the patient and carer journey.

Overall being able to speak out and advocate for Carers is something I am privileged to be in a position to do.

Isabel Shearer

Following graduation from Aberdeen University, I completed my Social Work qualification at Robert Gordon’s College in 1972.

I worked in Social Work in Aberdeen and in Dundee for over 30 years (in Dundee from 1980 to retirement in 2009).  I worked in a variety of areas, but the main part of my career was spent in multi-disciplinary hospital teams and in care management.

For the 10 years before retirement, I was Team Manager of the team working with people aged 16-65 who had physical disabilities or long term illnesses.  Through my work in care management and through joint working around Self Directed Support, I always had close links with the Centre.

I was an Observer on the Board for 10 years on behalf of the Social Work Department and knowing the vital work the Centre does, I was delighted to become a full Board member in 2009.

I am married with 2 sons and have 1 granddaughter.

James Henderson

Following graduation from Aberdeen University, I joined NHS Tayside working in the Finance Department.   After 3 years I moved into Project Management, starting on projects on medical equipment such as X-Ray machines and MRI scanners.

Over time I worked on larger scale projects such as Ward refurbishments, new health centers and hospitals, before eventually leading the department for NHS Tayside.

The organisation then required support on major service redesign, leading to my involvement in wider aspects of healthcare projects.

I am currently Property Asset Manager, responsible for the property asset base of NHS Tayside.

 The NHS link to social care, working to promote citizens supporting each other and enhancing their own wellbeing are things I believe the Carers Centre can make an enormous contribution towards.