I joined the board of Carr Gomm in 2013. I am responsible for chairing board trustee meetings and together with the other trustees, support staff with developing Carr Gomm as an organisation.  In addition to this, maintaining the values and standards of the organisation is a key part of the trustee’s role.

I am now retired. I worked for over 40 years in social care and social work management.  Latterly, I managed older people’s services for Argyll and Bute Council.  This was when I first became aware of Carr Gomm. 

Argyll and Bute commissioned Carr Gomm to set up an overnight service for people coming home from hospital and to prevent admission to hospital (the first in Scotland). This led to a very successful partnership and Carr Gomm providing a range of other services for Argyll and Bute.

I am proud and privileged to be associated with Carr Gomm. The organisation consistently upholds high standards of care with people who use service at the heart of what they do every day. Management, support and commitment to staff development promote the values of the organisation. It is a pleasure to work with an organisation and people who have integrity and a positive approach to change.

There have been many changes in Carr Gomm since I joined the board. Highlights include:

  • The introduction of Click Go
  • The development of Carr Gomm Futures
  • Introduction of fundraising inclusive initiatives
  • The introduction of the Scottish Living Wage
  • The requirement for all staff to be registered with the SSSC

The above are just a few of the highlights and demonstrate the organic nature of the organisation and the genuine commitment to change in response to external changes in social care.

Personally I have most enjoyed being involved in the annual staff awards.  It has been heartening to see the increase in nominations year on year and a privilege to read the stories of how staff go the extra mile to enhance the lives of the people they support.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, reading and baking and cooking.