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Independent Living Fund Scotland appointments

Published: 19 Oct 2015 09:00

Chair and board members appointed.

Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn today announced the appointment of Susan Douglas-Scott as the new chair of ILF Scotland.

Mr Hepburn also announced the appointment of three board members: Bridget Sly, Alan Dickson and Fiona O'Donnell.

Mr Hepburn said:

"I'm delighted to announce the appointment of Susan Douglas-Scott as the chair of ILF Scotland and of Bridget Sly, Alan Dickson and Fiona O'Donnell as board members.

"The purpose of the new ILF Scotland is to safe-guard the rights of our most severely disabled people to live independent lives and I am confident that these four people have the experience, commitment and drive to make that happen."

Scottish Ministers announced their commitment to a new national Scottish independent living fund last year, to protect the rights of society's most severely disabled people to live independent lives in their communities and to ensure the fund's long-term future. This work has been co-produced with disabled people, organisations representing them and with its statutory sector partners.

Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland) commenced its full operations on 1 July 2015. The Scottish Government has also committed £5 million to open the scheme up to new users.

Ms Douglas-Scott said:

"It is a great honour for me and allows me to continue my commitment to disabled people and equality. I am proud that the Scottish Government has listened to the voice of disabled people by retaining the fund here in Scotland and indeed extending it to more people.

"In my time as Chair of the Board I will work with all those involved to a create a strong foundation for the future sustainability of the Independent Living Fund in Scotland and Northern Ireland."

All four appointments will initially run from 12 October 2015, for two years.

The Chair appointment is remunerated at £199 per day, for a time commitment of two days per month (24 days per year), with an additional six days in the first year of appointment (capped at 30 days per year).

The Members appointments are remunerated at £167 per day, for a time commitment of one day per month (12 days per year), although some posts may involve an additional six days per year (capped at 18 days per year).

Notes to editors

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Susan Douglas-Scott

Susan Douglas-Scott is a disabled woman whose career has focused on disability issues. For the past five years Susan has followed a portfolio career as a freelance consultant in equalities, health, disability and social care. She is a non-executive director of NHS Education for Scotland, a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability, a large UK disability NGO, and a humanist celebrant. This follows on from an 18-year career in local authorities and non-Government Organisations in the field of disability and health. Within the last five years, Ms Douglas-Scott has canvassed on behalf of the SNP.

Fiona O'Donnell

As Director of Legal at the University of Dundee, Fiona O'Donnell has a stewardship role in the oversight and scrutiny of legal and compliance matters. She has responsibility to ensure probity and consistency of decision making in hearings and panels which can include complex disabilities issues. Fiona has been a registered mediator since 2004. She is currently working with the charity PAMIS to provide mediation and negotiation skills to carers of profoundly disabled children to assist their engagement with all professionals involved in the delivery of services for their sons or daughters.

Bridget Sly

Bridget Sly has over twenty years' experience of working in the higher education, public and voluntary sectors in New Zealand and the UK as a practitioner, researcher, and policy-maker. Bridget is currently employed as Volunteer and Citizenship Manager with Glasgow Life, where she leads the award-winning Host City Volunteers project as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She was previously a non-Executive Director of the Glasgay festival and was a lay advisor to the Metropolitan Police Service.

Alan Dickson

Alan Dickson is a qualified accountant (Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant) who has operated at a senior level within the public sector for most of his career. He has experience, gained through a variety of roles, of being part of multi-disciplinary teams and of building good internal and external relationships. Alan is also the Chair of Good Morning Glasgow (a charity that delivers telephone befriending to older people) and was previously a Trustee of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.