Paul Thomson

Paul Thomson

Paul retired some years ago after a career in the Police.  As well as developing a wide range of specialist skills, he majored in systems thinking, process mapping and change management with partner organisations.

Paul’s first involvement with the Board of WLDAS was in 1998 through his work.  He became a member of the Board in 2001, Vice Chair in 2007 and has served as Chair since 2010.

Paul fills his spare time making music and will sing at the drop of a hat.

Gill Cottrell

Alyson Campbell

Alyson Campbell

Alyson has worked at a senior level for more than twenty years in the voluntary sector, primarily focused on the business side of charities including finance, governance, HR and funding.  She is keen to support the work of WLDAS and recognises the difference the organisation makes by supporting individuals and families to deal with the harm caused by drugs and alcohol.

Alexander Milne

Sandy Milne

Now retired, Sandy was a senior manager with West Lothian Council with responsibility for Social Policy; relationship with and funding for the Voluntary Sector.  His professional training is in Community Work and Adult Education.

As a Director and Trustee of WLDAS, he brings an extensive knowledge of the voluntary sector in West Lothian, governance issues and both local and national policy developments.  He is unashamed in his motivation for being involved with WLDAS in different roles for nearly 30 years – an organisation that is innovative, a staff team that is focussed on quality of service and the opportunity to work with competent Board members and Advisers who have a wide range of skills and expertise.

Sandy serves as a Board member on a number of other local organisations and has served as Vice Convenor of Voluntary Action Scotland.

Vicky Wan

Vicky Wan

Vicky is currently working for the National Third Sector GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) Project.  Part of her role involves highlighting the positive impact voluntary organisations have made to the wellbeing of children, young people and their families.  Prior to this, she worked for Voluntary Action Scotland – the national network for Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces – which provides advice and support to local voluntary organisations as well as promoting volunteering.

Vicky has over 15 years experience in the Third Sector.  This includes managing various projects with a focus on health and equality.  Recently she retired from the Board of a charity in Edinburgh after 7 years of service.  As a West Lothian resident herself, she values the important work that WLDAS has been undertaking with individuals and families affected by drugs and alcohol.  She is enthusiastic about making a contribution to WLDAS by sharing her experience and knowledge.

Moira Connacher

Moira Conacher

Moira retired in 2009 after a long career as a Social Work practitioner, beginning in the 1960s.  Initially her involvement was in specialised areas, i.e. psychiatric social work and local authority mental health services.

In the 1970s, however, there was a move away from specialisation and Moira undertook work with a variety of client groups until 1992 when she elected to join the Criminal Justice Team, carrying out assessment and supervision of offenders and taking a preventive role in Diversion from Prosecution.

Moira has enjoyed a long association with WLDAS during the course of her work.

Elaine Kerridge

Elaine Kerridge

Elaine was born in Dumfries and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Alex.

Elaine comes with a wealth of experience, particularly with regards to young people’s health and wellbeing, rights and participation.  She was a teacher for over 18 years in West Lothian – most recently she was Principal Teacher of Pupil Support at Linlithgow Academy.  This large remit included managing a caseload of 400 pupils, teaching PSE, running the school buddying system and delivering staff CPD on GIRFEC.  She also completed an eight month secondment at Education Scotland where she was responsible for developing national guidelines and resources for practitioners, relating to Health and Wellbeing.

Elaine is currently Policy Manager (Participation and Engagement) with Children in Scotland.  This sees her managing various national projects including ‘Food, Families, Futures’.

In her spare time, Elaine enjoys dance classes, reading, film and karaoke.

Scott Robertson

Scott is the Community Inspector covering the Broxburn and Linlithgow wards and has over 22 years of policing experience, the last eight of which have been dedicated in making West Lothian a safer place.

The Police have been working in partnership with WLDAS for many years and support the work that it is carrying out in reducing substance misuse throughout West Lothian.  Scott also represents the Police on the West Lothian Licensing Board and he looks forward to continuing his work with WLDAS in an advisory capacity for many years to come.

 

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