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Directors

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’.

George Frame

Honorary President

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.
Gordon Johnston

Chair

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.
Michelle Howieson
Vice-Chair
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.
Colin Murchie
Director
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.
Elaine Dobbie 
Director
 
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 1998 and started attending the Lothian Group because I’d heard good things about it and wanted to access their support. I really enjoy the Group and became a Director in 2018 to give something back. I want to boost Bipolar Scotland’s profile in any way I can. In my spare time, I love films, theatre and music from the 1970s and 1980s. I stay fairly well - with medication and support - and want to attend Board meetings as often as possible to support Bipolar Scotland’s valuable work.
Hazel Gilbert
Director
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.
Marian Cowie
Director
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.
Helen McGinty
Director
 
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.
George Cairns
Director
I’m a retired ambulanceman and served the public for 27 years before retiring though ill health in 1999. I joined Bipolar Scotland to learn more about Bipolar Disorder and became a director in 2006 to make a difference – I want Bipolar Scotland to become Scotland’s leading charity. The most important thing to remember is that nobody ‘suffers’ from bipolar, it’s a condition that can be managed through medication and other things to enable us to live productive lives. I live in Renfrew and enjoy reading and swimming.
Pru Davies
Treasurer
I became a Bipolar Scotland Director because Bipolar Scotland has been close to my heart for many years and I’ve watched the organisation go from strength to strength. I have many voluntary and statutory sector contacts and I want to use this knowledge to help Bipolar Scotland.  I was involved in the launch of See Me and I’ve trained as a Media Volunteer. I was widowed in 2017 and donated some money at my husband’s request to support Bipolar Scotland’s fantastic work.