Ten member group appointed to strengthen Parkinson’s UK Scotland

Parkinson’s UK Scotland is delighted that it has been able to appoint ten outstanding candidates to a new advisory group that will be at the heart of shaping the charity’s work in Scotland.

Parkinson’s UK Scotland is delighted that it has been able to appoint ten outstanding candidates to a new advisory group that will be at the heart of shaping the charity’s work in Scotland.

Annie Macleod, Scotland Director at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Keeping with our commitment to involving people with Parkinson’s in everything we do, I am particularly thrilled that the group of ten includes four people living with the condition, another four who have a parent with Parkinson’s, a leading Consultant Neurologist and very experienced Parkinson’s Nurse Specialists.

“Appointing the new group is a major step forward in the charity’s plans to strengthen its impact for people with Parkinson’s in Scotland. The group will provide a platform through which supporters, people affected by Parkinson’s and professionals in Scotland will advise the Scotland team on how best to deliver better support and services for people with Parkinson’s and their carers, families, and friends. The group will also be powerful ambassadors for people with Parkinson’s in Scotland and the charity.”

David Allan, Chair of the Scotland Advisory Group and Scotland Trustee on the Board of Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the range of experience and expertise of the people who applied to join the group. We’ve appointed people who reflect the real world in Scotland and have a broad diversity of background, thought and experience. They are united in their desire to grow the reach and impact of the charity and improve services and outcomes for the Parkinson’s community here.”

The members of the Scotland Advisory Group, who will gather for the first time in November, are:

David Allan, Chair, Scotland Trustee - Former Public Relations executive in Asia and Middle East. Lives with Parkinson’s in Alloa.

Tom Finnigan - Former Director at Universities of Paisley, Lancaster and Glasgow Caledonian. Lives with Parkinson’s and is a member of the Parkinson’s UK Ayrshire Younger Persons Group.

Julie Jones - Physiotherapist, Senior Lecturer at Robert Gordon University, and Scottish Government/Parkinson's UK Clinical Research Fellow investigating exercise and Parkinson’s.

Mike Powell, OBE - Former Director of HR and Chief Nursing Adviser for NHS Grampian. Lives with Parkinson’s and is co-chair of Grampian Parkinson’s Excellence Network.

Dr Alison Williams - Academic with specialist interests in organisational development/creativity.  Lives with Parkinson’s and is a member of the Edinburgh Branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Dr Catherine Martin - Registrar of School of Humanities Edinburgh. - Chartered Accountant and experienced executive and non-executive Director of various organisations. Catherine's father has Parkinson's.

Jude McCorry - Head of Business Development at the Data Lab, Edinburgh University. Jude's father has Parkinson's.

Lesley Fulford - Programme Manager, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership. Lesley's mother has Parkinson's.

Dr Donald Grosset - Consultant Neurologist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Clinical Director of Parkinson’s Excellence Network.

Carol Vennard, Parkinson's Nurse Specialist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. (Substitute is Lorna Gillies, Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist at NHS Tayside.)