Mark Mulhern: Manager
Claire Caird: Service Coordinator
Allison McWhirter: Administrator
Lorraine Nelson: Information & Development Worker
Karen Guthrie: Information & Development Worker
Lisa Cochrane: Information & Development Worker
Christine McKenzie: Information & Development Worker
Adele Giles: Information & Development Worker (Young Carers)
Carrie Donnelly: Young Adult Carers Worker
Frances Haney: Information & Development Worker (Young Carers)
Alan Brown: Sessional Worker
Scott Russell: Sessional Worker
East Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre is managed by a board of volunteers who are responsible for the overall governance of the Carers Centre including the Centres’ finances and the management of the staff.
The Carers centre is registered with OSCR and Companies House.
Judith started her professional life as a teacher of English and then moved to managing a customer service department in Benicia, California. When her third child was diagnosed with severe Autism she became a full time carer and subsequently started a support group for parents of children on the autism spectrum in East Renfrewshire. In 2002 Judith was invited to join the Board of Directors of the fledgling East Renfrewshire Carers ‘ Centre. She has been a trustee of the organisation since that time and is now Chair of the Board of Directors.
Before retiring I was a senior manager within the voluntary sector with responsibility for community care services for over 30 years.
I have been involved with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers for over 18 years and for the last 2years with the new merged organisation of Carers Trust ; initially as the representative at the Scotland Trustee Network for the managing agent of 2 carer centres and over the last 4 years as a Trustee of East Renfrewshire Carers Centre.
During this period I have been active in supporting and strengthening the relationship between the Scotland Network and the UK at various board, committee and forum levels and at present chair the Scotland Trustee Network and the Scotland Committee.
I have a strong interest in carers’ issues through personal experience and as a member of the Scottish Children’s Hearing system for over 20 years. This has given me an insight into the wider issues that effect adult and young carers.
I joined the Board in 2007 as a full time carer. I am married with 2 children. I was a playgroup supervisor for 9 years while my children were young and for the next 20 years I ran my own business in soft furnishing which I thoroughly enjoyed. This allowed me to simultaneously carry out my caring role. I am currently caring for my husband and elderly mother which can be demanding. My experiences of being a Carer I feel has been of value to certain issues at the Carers’ Centre.
Since joining the board I feel I have gained in knowledge as to how a carers centre is run and how the staff are able to support Carers, I have enjoyed every moment of it.
A retired actuary with thirty-five years’ experience of actuarial and risk management work, all performed within the insurance industry, much of which was within a banking environment. Being Appointed Actuary for twenty years involved advising at Board level the financial risks faced by a series of major insurance companies. Other experience was being Financial Controller, and also Finance Director for the insurance company subsidiary of a major US bank.
“Retired Solicitor with background in the field of Civil Litigation. Former Non-Executive Director with Southern General NHS Trust and Voluntary Action. Member of ICAS Investigation Committee.”
I was born and brought up in the north side of Glasgow where I attended Bearsden Academy.
After leaving school I worked as a library assistant for one year before studying at Jordanhill College for four years, achieving teaching certificates for primary and nursery children.
In 1970 after my marriage I moved to East Refrewshire where, after bringing up two sons, I returned to work at various schools the district.
When retirement came in 2006 I was invited to join the Board of the East Renfrewshire Carers’ Service. One of our grandchildren has been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum which means that the Carers’ Centre plays a special personal role in our lives.
To date my hobbies include reading, playing bridge and looking after my three grandchildren who all reside in the East Renfrewshire district.