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Senior management team

The senior management team delivers the leadership and strategic management of the organisation. There are 3 members:

Rhona Murray, Director

Rhona MurrayRhona started working for Edinvar Community Care now Places for People Scotland Care & Support in May 2002 as a consultant and in June 2004 became the Director.

Her earlier career was training as a psychiatric nurse before joining Grassmarket Area Housing Association (latterly Old Town Housing Association) in 1980 as a Manager with the responsibility of the managed closure and redevelopment of a large scale hostel - the Castle Trades Hotel. As the homeless provision developed the role changed to Community Care Manager responsible for all OTHA's support services. In 1994 she moved to Loretto Housing Association in Glasgow to manage the planned closure of a large scale hostel - the Great Eastern Hotel, as well as the development of replacement supported housing projects for residents of the hostel.

Rhona has a Diploma in Management Studies and an MSc in HRM and Training.

Qualifications

Rhona has a MSc in HRM and Training and a Diploma in Management Studies.

Brian Howley, Head of Performance Management

Brian HowleyBrian began his career in manufacturing before a change of direction took him to Hartwood Psychiatric Hospital in Shotts, Lanarkshire in 1984 where he worked as a Nursing Assistant and then as a Community Support Worker in a Crisis Intervention Team. He remained in the NHS for over ten years when in 1995 he took up the post of Support Worker in the voluntary sector with Loretto Housing Association supporting people being resettled as part of the closure of Hartwood Hospital and was promoted to the post of Team Leader.

In 2002 Brian moved to the Scottish Society for Autism working as a Resource Manager in a large residential unit for 16-25 year olds in Lanark managing a staff team of forty before joining Edinvar Community Care in 2003 as a Project Manager running an intensive 24 hour support service in Livingston.

Brian's career with Edinvar Community Care - latterly Places for People Scotland Care & Support - has developed progressively from Project Manager, Business Assurance Manager, Head of Quality
Assurance and latterly Head of Performance Management where his primary role is to oversee and monitor quality, compliance and adherence to legislation and standards working closely with regulatory bodies.

Brian holds an HNC in Social Care, a Personal Development Award in Supervision of the Delivery of Care Services, a D33 SVQ Assessor Award, SVQ Level 4 and Registered Manager Award.

Brian is a member of the National Autistic Society's National Review Team carrying out assessments of external providers' services as part of the NAS recognised accreditation programme.

Brian is an Associate Assessor with the Care Inspectorate. In 2015 he participated as part of the joint Strategic Inspection of Older Peoples Services in South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership. The inspection team consisted of Strategic Care Inspectors, Health Improvement Scotland Inspectors, and representatives from Audit Scotland, Consultants and GP's.

Rick Murray, Head of Best Practice

Rick MurrayRick delivers the operational leadership for service delivery across learning disabilities, mental health, young people and homelessness.

Rick started his career in Belfast 1996 working for the Orchardville Society as a learning disability support worker before becoming an employability worker with the same organisation.

After completing his social work training he briefly worked in a hostel supporting homeless adults with addictions before relocating to Scotland in 2000.

From 2000 - 2005 Rick worked as a service manager for ELCAP, having responsibility for a range of dispersed residential and visiting support services throughout East Lothian.

In 2005 he took up a position with Four Square Scotland managing tenancy support and young persons supported flats projects. Rick also set up and managed the organisation's ADAPT service providing support to young families with addiction issues. He was heavily involved in work relating to the re-tendering of Edinburgh based homeless services and was also Four Square's principal fundraiser.

Qualifications

Rick holds a BA(Hons) in Psychology & English Language, Diploma in Social Work and a Registered Managers Award

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