SDSS Staff Biographies – alternative access
Donald is our Chief Executive and leads on SDSS delivery and strategic vision. He works closely with the SDSS Chair, Trustees, membership and staff team in the formulation of strategy and objectives.
Donald brings over 27 years of diverse experience in social care, primarily leading organisations working in learning disability. He comes to us from Autism Network Scotland, where he led the implementation of the Scottish Strategy for Autism in partnership with Scottish Government, before establishing his own successful Autism consultancy.
Involved in self-directed support implementation from its inception, exploring organisational responses in Glasgow, he has continued to work with people directing their own support through his own consultancy.
Get in touch with Donald:
By Email – Donald@sdsscotland.org.uk
Michael is our Communications and Policy Manager who contributes to and delivers our communication strategy by raising awareness and sharing best practice through press, events, our website and social media. He also works closely with the SDSS team, our membership and stakeholders to shape SDS policy in Scotland.
With a background in private, public and third sector marketing and communications, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and skills for engaging audiences and influencing change. Most recently, Michael worked for Alzheimer Scotland where he was introduced to self-directed support.
Michael has a passion for human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion and uses his skills and experience to deliver positive results for Self Directed Support Scotland.
Get in touch with Michael:
By Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect with Michael on Linkedin.
Mark is the Membership Development Executive for SDSS.
Mark previously managed and developed a Carers Advocacy Service at VOCAL, which is a carers organisation based in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Before that he worked as an advocate for people with learning difficulties, children and young people, and people using health services both in Scotland and the North East of England. Mark has also previously worked closely with disabled people’s groups and organisations to enable them to grow and develop in the way that they want, and to enable people to tackle the issues they are concerned with more effectively.
Mark has a love of history, archaeology and travelling and is currently trying to learn Mandarin and BSL!
Get in touch with Mark:
By Email- email@example.com
By phone- 0131 475 2624
Jeremy is our Operations Manager and is here to implement a plan in conjunction with our team and stakeholders to continue to increase the effectiveness of the organisation and to take the lead on finance operations.
Following business and senior management roles in Edinburgh’s private sector, I’ve come from 6 years in development and financial management in an award winning Drugs and Alcohol charity. There I developed independent income and streamlined systems improving organisational effectiveness with finance, marketing, stakeholder management, fundraising and reporting.
While Operations Manager of SDSS on a part-time basis I am developing a fundraising support service for organisations with low capacity to manage fundraising events, engage their own stakeholders and connect with corporates and the public. Outside of work I currently support my local ex-mining community through our community council and regeneration project steering groups.
Get in touch with Jeremy:
By Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone – 0131 475 2626
Follow Jeremy Linkedin.