Bipolar Scotland is governed by a Board of Directors and one honorary member. Each Director is elected at our Annual Conference/AGM for three years at a time and if they want to continue as a director, they must stand for re-election. The Board meets every six weeks and is effectively Bipolar Scotland’s ‘government’.
I joined Manic Depression Fellowship Scotland in the 1980s after my wife Christine was diagnosed. I became a Director in 2003 and I’ve done what I can to help the organisation develop. As a diagnosed person and a carer, my wife and I have benefited greatly from Bipolar Scotland membership and from the treatment provided through NHS care in the community. Christine and I attend Active Age exercise classes every week and we also record material onto CD for sight-impaired people through the RNIB Transcription Centre.
I was first diagnosed in 2007 and joined Bipolar Scotland shortly afterwards. My background is in urban regeneration and community development so I know what third sector organisations can do to offer information and peer support. I’ve been Bipolar Scotland Chair for seven years now.
I’m currently an independent consultant, working in mental health peer research and community development. I’m also involved in several other organisations, such as the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. In my spare time, I write psychological thrillers and have had two novels published – Calling Cards and Cold Roses.
I believe in removing barriers in access to services for a wide-range of people who have lived experience, or are affected by, bipolar disorder. My experience as a young adult has made me especially keen to shine a light on young people’s issues, and I think it’s imperative we are representative of that on our board. My communications skills are a missing skillset on the board and I think they are necessary to boost the profile of Bipolar Scotland. At a time where Bipolar Scotland is more comfortable financially than in recent years, I think it’s time to make massive changes and hear new voices to truly make the best of our support for our community.
After studying in Helsinki, Liverpool and Freiburg, I trained as a Chartered Accountant and joined the Institute of Management Accountants. I was an Accountant and Company Secretary in my last job. I’ve been a Bipolar Scotland Director since 2010 and I’m proud to be part of an organisation that helps put people on the road to recovery. My hobbies include reading, boats, golf and skiing.
I joined the Board in 2016 and currently serve as Vice Chair. My experience of bipolar has given me a strong desire to empower people to gain control over this treacherous illness through NHS treatment and Bipolar Scotland’s Self-Management Training Course. Raising funds is imperative as is keeping up to date with specialist academic research. After postgraduate study, I worked in Careers, Recruitment and Liaison Services and I also worked with the BBC Social Action and Information Service. In my spare time, I love ceroc dancing and enjoy fostering and training animals.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 in 1991 and - after fourteen years of trying to manage my mood swings - finally find out about Bipolar Scotland. I started attending the Edinburgh Group in 2009 and became a facilitator in 2010.
Attending a Bipolar Scotland Self-Management Training course was life-changing for me and ideally, I'd love this training to be available to everyone who needs it including friends, family and carers.
I love volunteering but it's all about balance and I always make time for walking my dog and meeting friends for coffee. I also enjoy cinema, ice hockey, musical theatre and concerts.
I joined the Aberdeen Manic Depression Group in 1999 and received amazing support. I Chaired the Group for ten years and got involved with Bipolar Scotland and the Glasgow Group when I returned to Glasgow in 2017.
I became a Bipolar Scotland Director in 2018 because Bipolar Scotland does amazing work to support people and spread awareness of the illness. My hobbies include reading, music and theatre and I participated in the 2018 Kilt Walk to raise money for Bipolar Scotland.
I’m a solicitor working mainly in Mental Health and Incapacity Law. For many years, I was responsible for the Edinburgh office of Legal Services Agency, a non-profit Law Centre. I’m regularly appointed a Safeguarder in Adults with Incapacity and other cases, and I’m a member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.
I have a longstanding interest in improving services for people experiencing ill-health and in expanding access to justice. I’m impressed by Bipolar Scotland’s work and want to advance its activities in any way I can. I live in Edinburgh and enjoy swimming, theatre, films and ballet. I became a Bipolar Scotland Director in 2018.
Shortly after my diagnosis in 2017 I started attending the Lothian support group where I was made to feel very welcome and supported by all. I have particularly enjoyed getting to know other members and learning from our mutual experiences. The monthly guest speakers have provided an invaluable insight into the condition and I have also been equipped with more adaptive coping skills. 3 years on and I am now a co-facilitator for the Lothian support group and part of the board of directors for Bipolar Scotland. I am also just about to commence a course on peer work being facilitated by the charity, ‘Health in Mind’ and hope to access further training in the future.
I have worked in various areas of social care over the past 29 years and am lucky to still enjoy my job after all this time!
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, cooking, gardening and have recently started writing.
I joined the board in 2020 at a time of unprecedented change for everyone across the Globe. We must endeavour to make mental health a priority in these time and Bipolar Scotland is an amazing organisation dedicated to dealing with and support those with Bipolar.
I have a PhD and Degree in Engineering and have focussed my skills at developing companies that assist the world with improved engineering in many sectors including Health & safety and Renewable Energy . I thought I would be able to bring some of my skills to the board to help grow what is an already outstanding organisation with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.