- My name is Alan Sinclair. I have been a self employed as a driving instructor for 6 years. I have enjoyed working with the public on a one to one role and gained a passion for watching how individuals grow in confidence as they learn to drive then see how their lives change after passing their driving test. Previously after leaving university, I have worked in genetic research and was employed by the NHS as a senior Medical Genetic Technician. I worked as part of a team of scientist and clinicians testing for family histories of various genetic disorders such as Breast cancer or Cystic Fibrosis. Haven known Tim Bone for 20 years, since meeting at university, I was always interested in his progress within the care sector. I was amazed as how he developed his role to working with others helping to both regain their dignity and self respect not to mention independence. I was honoured to be asked to become chair of his charity, after hearing about some cases and how he made a difference to so many lives. It is my hope that I can help push Fairway Advocacy to the next level by providing as much support as possible over the coming years.
- I retired as Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Professor of Neurology at the Southern General Hospital in March 2006. I had worked there since 1978 and had developed a wide interest in Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Epilepsy. I have served on various National and International advisory committees, published over 100 scientific papers and written and edited 3 textbooks. I have previously been a Trustee of the Neurosciences Foundation and Epilepsy Scotland. Since retirement I have worked with the Medical Research Council, lectured in Nepal, West Bank Palestine and Calcutta. Currently I am chair of clinical governance at the Quarriers Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan. I have a longstanding professional and personal interest in advocacy and a detailed knowledge of the medical and social consequences of long term neurological conditions.
Nellie Buchanan (Trustee)
- I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1975 and worked in professional practice both overseas and in the UK from that time until I retired in 2011. I was latterly a partner in General Practice (Audit and Accountancy). I gained a broad experience of owner managed businesses in a variety of industry sectors dealing with all aspects of audit, accountancy and tax compliance. In addition I have over 20 years’ experience of providing audit and accountancy services to clients in the Charities and Not for Profit Sector.
- Out with the office I was a Director of Epilepsy Scotland serving for around 10 years until February 2010. Since June 2011 I have acted as Treasurer for a small grant giving charity. I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
- My work in the voluntary sector has made me aware of the challenges small charities face as well as the importance of independent advocacy to the vulnerable
I graduated from Oxford in Classics and have been a Chartered Accountant in general practice since 1980, with significant involvement in charities as auditor or board member, and comprehensive experience in taxation and advice to small and medium sized businesses. I am currently Treasurer of 3 charities and on the finance committee of 2 others. I was Convener of the Exam Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) from 2004-2008. I am a member of the ICAS Charities Committee, and have recently been elected on to the Standing Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
- My background is one of practical experience of issues affecting charity governance, accounting, stewardship and strategic management. My approach is that of seeking to ensure that financial issues are clearly understood, interpreted and explained, and that decisions are soundly based and well communicated.
Jackie Forde (Trustee)
- I trained as a nurse and midwife in Glasgow before leaving nursing in 1987 to work in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industries where I was involved in various sales, training, management and Government Affairs roles whilst I brought up my three daughters. I left the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2011 to set up my own businesses, one of which is a not for profit social enterprise ; The Wellbeing Alliance whose social aim is to improve health, equality and wellbeing through our innovative research , projects , campaigns and trainings.
- I have served on various health and wellbeing steering groups, advisory boards and presently act as voluntary secretary to the Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities in the Scottish Parliament.
- My background is one of practical experience in business, training, health and wellbeing, communication, policy understanding, strategic planning and implementation within health in Scotland and the UK in the commercial, charitable and public sector.