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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.

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.

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.

Trudy McLeay

I was born and have lived in Dundee for most of my life. I worked for 52 years in the NHS in various roles until my recent retiral.

I have a masters degree in Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and lectured at Glasgow Caledonian, Aberdeen and Dundee Universities and have published in clinical journals and presented at various national seminars during that time as well as acting as external examiner for Lancaster University in post graduate MRI related courses. I was also a project manager working throughout the east of Scotland with Macmillan.

I am a founding director of a palliative care charity. Towards the end of my career I was a non-executive director of NHS Tayside Health board holding many positions which included Chair of Care Governance, Chair of Dundee Integrated Joint Board for Health and Social Care, Joint Chair of Staff Governance, and many other committee roles. I was equality and diversity champion for NHS Tayside Board, a role I enjoyed.

I cared for my husband who had motor neuron disease. I recognised that support and information were the keystones of making that care focused round not only my husband’s needs but also round my own needs during that difficult time. This experience has led me to become actively involved in Dundee Carers Centre.

One of my passions is fairness and recognising the impact of poverty on our population. I am a member of Dundee City Fairness Panel. I am keen to advocate for carers in both my role in Dundee Carers Centre and in the Fairness Panel.

I enjoy family time with my sons, grandchildren and extended family.

New member

Janet Robertson

I am delighted to be a trustee for the Dundee Carers Centre. I am now retired from working life but was previously employed for 34 years by Dundee City Council, ending my career as Head of Human Resources and Business Support. I was also involved at a national level as part of my professional association, contributing to the development of pay and conditions of service, with regular interactions with trade unions at national and local levels and with the development of the MyJobScotland recruitment, and selection website to name two areas.  I understand people and organisations.

I was an advocate for developments at work to support employees with caring roles and an advocate for care experienced young people, regularly attending the Champions Board. I chaired a group which developed access to in-kind support for various voluntary organisations across the city. I believe in fairness.

I have experience as a carer in a few guises and therefore believe I have an empathy and understanding of the challenges faced,

I am married with grown up twin boys and have two stepdaughters. Recent additions of two grandsons and a granddaughter are a delight and certainly keeping me busy.

I look forward to being a part of this organisation and to helping it continue the great work being delivered across Dundee.

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New Member

Eilidh McLaughlin

Eilidh is an adopted Dundonian who moved here with her family in June 2022.  She enjoys her new city, the challenge of building new friendships and wanted to give something back to the local area who had made her feel so welcome.  The Dundee Carers Centre seemed a good fit to allow Eilidh to help apply her knowledge for the benefit of carers while learning a lot more about carers’ experiences and needs.

Eilidh took up the position of Head of the Digital Citizen Unit in Scottish Government in April 2022.  The Unit is new within the Digital Directorate and covers the Connecting Scotland programme and the Ethical Digital Nation team.  This role combines Eilidh’s previous experience in corporate governance, equalities and information management.  The ethos of the Unit is to make sure that No One is Left Behind and to ensure that digital work is done in an ethical, inclusive way.

Outside of work, Eilidh’s time is very much taken up with her husband and young daughter, though when she can, she enjoys the rugby, a good book and cooking.

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