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Florence Garabedian

Florence Garabedian has been the Chief Executive of the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) since 2008.  Florence’s experience is rooted in community development and user-led organisations working with minority groups at local, national and international levels.  Through LCiL and SDSS she is actively involved in the Independent Living Movement.

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Frank Morgan

After graduating in Humberside in 1988 Frank worked in Day Services in Cumbria and Merseyside as a Day Centre Officer before moving into a management role for PSS in 1992. Frank was responsible for a Hospital resettlement project and involved in setting up Adult Placement Projects in Merseyside. In 1999 Frank moved to Scotland and continued my passion for Adult Placement Services and established the first Adult Placement Services in Dumfries and Galloway with TRFS. In 2010 Frank managed Community based and Respite Services. Frank presently manages DGVoice a User-led organisation for people with a disability. Since 1996 he has been actively involved as a Social Work Practice Teacher and he recently completed part of the University of Edinburgh Post Graduate Integrated Service Improvement Programme on Personalisation and Outcomes. Frank is a a Shotokan Karate Black belt 2nd Dan and enjoys playing and writing Music. He has a passion for all things German including language, music, literature, and food!

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Brenda Garrard

Brenda Garrard has recently become a member of the SDSS management committee.

Brenda has worked for PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) since 2001 and is committed to improving the lives of people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities and their family carers. She has worked on a number of various projects with PAMIS and is presently the manager of the PAMIS Self-Directed Support (SDS) project.

Enabling people with PMLD to access a life worth living is at the forefront of all PAMIS work. Self-directed Support and the ethos and vision behind SDS should enable all people with disabilities access to services that offer choice control and the necessary flexibility to not only receive appropriate care but to empower all to engage in society as valued citizens regardless of ability or disability.

Partnership working and supporting those who are committed to support the drive to make Self-Directed Support successful is important. PAMIS’ involvement with Self-Directed Support Scotland, as a member organisation, has been beneficial on many levels. As a member of the SDSS management committee Brenda hopes that she can contribute effectively to the work of the SDSS Team and in so doing contribute to positive change to the way people who require community support access and experience the SDS journey.

Angela Mullen

Angela is our Treasurer, she has been employed by GCIL, as the SDS Co-ordinator at Take Control East Dunbartonshire (Formerly East Dunbartonshire Direct Payment Support Service) since 2003. She has worked in social work, training and voluntary organisations. Focussing in the last 12 years in promoting independent living for disabled people. She is am also the Convenor of Glasgow Disability Alliance advocating for the involvement of disabled people in society. As a disabled person she believes passionately in user led membership organisations and is committed to the principles of Independent Living.

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Joanne McGee

Over the last 25 years, Joanne has worked for a variety of Third Sector/Voluntary organisations. Starting out as an employability advisor with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency, supporting long-term unemployed / disabled people into employment, training and education. Following this, she spent some time at a Money Advice Centre, Carers Centre before commencing her current role at Take Control East Dunbartonshire.

Joanne started at Take Control as an advisor, bringing her personal experiences as a young/adult carer and managing an SDS Direct Payment package for a parent to the role, and has progressed to Co-ordinator at Take Control East Dunbartonshire.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys hill walking, mindfulness in nature and meditation.

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Ged Thompson

Ged came to Scotland to work in care in 1983. He started in Care Management in 1987, building a service up from scratch for disabled people. By 2005 they were providing care and support via Residential, Respite, and Individual Services.

In February of 2005 Ged had a brain haemorrhage. This left him in a coma for five weeks and when he came out of it, had lost abilities in many areas. Thankfully, Ged has recovered ability in all areas. Many people helped him; and with a direct payment he was able to control his own support.