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Meet the board

We're governed by an active, experienced voluntary board. Members have a range of experience including finance, property development, housing, older people's strategy, homelessness and health.

Elaine HaddowElaine Haddow, Chair

Elaine has worked for the past 30 years in homelessness services in Glasgow City Council.  She has over 25 years of experience in management, strategic planning and 10 years experience in tendering, commissioning and contract management.

As Commissioning & Planning Manager in Glasgow's homelessness services, Elaine was responsible for, planning new services, developing the homelessness strategy and working closely with colleagues to ensure homelessness was a major element in Glasgow's housing plan.  Over the years her involvement has been with both the voluntary sector and statutory authorities in developing a "joined up" approach to tackling homelessness particularly Glasgow's hostel closure programme. 

Elaine has recently taken early retirement from Glasgow City Council. 

Sorrel Cosens 

Sorrel has worked for the NHS in Lothian in a number of roles, primarily with a focus on providing new hospital facilities; her first job after university was on the team that moved the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to its new home at Little France in 2002. Since 2008 she has been project manager for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, due to open in Autumn 2017. She is also supporting the programme to develop and improve premises for primary and community care, which after all are used by many more of the public than hospitals are.

Sorrel has a particular interest in how capital build projects can bring wider benefits to the community, in employment, education and economic investment as well as in the clinical services they house. On the new "Sick Kids", Sorrel is working closely with patients and their families, the staff who care for them, and artists and designers and charities to enhance the hospital environment and improve the experience for patients of all ages. 

Sorrel was very impressed by the engagement between Places for People Care & Support and the people that they support and is excited to join the Board in 2016.

Louise Fraser

Louise is Head of Commercial at Babcock International - Energy, Marine & Technology Division and has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for over 17 years. Louise has a wealth of experience in business development, tendering, negotiating commercial and contractual agreements, project management and leadership of multi discipline teams.

Louise has a degree in Law and Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Oil and Gas Law from Robert Gordon University and is currently studying for an MBA, on a part time basis, at the University of Edinburgh.

Louise is delighted to be a member of the Board of Places for People Scotland Care & Support and is very impressed with the services provided, the commitment to continuous improvement and the extent to which people supported are engaged and involved in that process.

Richard Lyall

Richard Lyall

Since 1999 Richard has worked for the Scottish Government in a number of roles including transport policy, establishing the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) to advise on disabled transport needs and on the team that created the executive agency, Transport Scotland. He was also Private Secretary to the Minister for Communities, Margaret Curran during the time she was responsible for introducing anti-social behaviour legislation and the Glasgow housing stock transfer.

Richard has worked in Health and Social Care since 2009 as a member of the team that set up the regulation and inspection bodies for health and social care, The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. His most recent posting was in the Care for Older People Unit where he was responsible for the Reshaping Care for Older People policy which aims to keep people living in homely settings rather than institutionalised care for as long as possible, with the right support.

Richard currently works for the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, who is the most senior advisor on health matters in the Scottish Government. He is delighted to bring his experience to the Board of Places for People Scotland Care & Support after being impressed by how well they involve the people they support to innovate and improve services.

Jane ScottJane Scott

Jane has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature and a MPhil in Publishing Studies, along with qualifications in marketing and PR.

On graduating, she gained a marketing role with a publisher in Edinburgh and, gradually realising that her interests lay with communication and marketing generally rather than publishing per se, studied for Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications in her free time. She then went on to further marketing and communications roles in the higher education and publishing sectors, joining Queen Margaret University (then Queen Margaret University College) as Director of Marketing and Communications in 2005. She has also studied at Queen Margaret herself, having completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma there in 2009.

In her free time, Jane enjoys spending time with her family, and trying to learn French. Having spent time in Japan in her youth, she would also study Japanese if she had the time.

She is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to Places for People Scotland Care & Support, drawing on her professional experience.

Ian StevensonIan Stevenson

Ian joined the Board in 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience of supporting organisations on finance matters in both the private and public sectors. He has worked for a learning disability charity and is currently Director of Finance of Creative Scotland, an organisation which provides grant funding to the arts, screen and creative industries.

He was a Board and Audit Committee member of Edinburgh's Telford College until it merged to form Edinburgh College in 2012. He is also a co-opted member of the Castle Rock Edinvar Audit Committee.

Lesley WarrenLesley Warren

Lesley Graduated in 2011 from the University of Aberdeen, with MA in Politics and International Relations and currently works as a Public Affairs Consultant in Edinburgh.  Brought up in Dumfries and Galloway Lesley has several years' experience of volunteering for the Red Cross, and prior to her graduation in 2011 Lesley volunteered through the University of Aberdeen Charities' Committee to sit on the Student Council.

Lesley has previously worked in the Scottish Parliament for Elaine Murray, the Shadow Housing and Transport Minister. Lesley has a real passion for travel and spent a month in East China Normal University in Shanghai learning Mandarin.


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