Ian began teaching in 1972 and was Head Teacher at Ferguslie Primary School for eight years. He later became Inspector of Schools in Strathclyde’s Quality Assurance Unit before working as Corporate Director of Education and Social Care for Inverclyde Council. He worked with children with Down’s syndrome in both roles and joined the DS Scotland Board of Trustees once retired to continue his involvement with Down’s syndrome and child protection.
A mother of four, Karen’s second child has Down’s syndrome. She has been an active member of DS Scotland for 26 years and has developed a wealth of knowledge regarding accessing education, health and social work services. Further to her personal experience, Karen has a degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Business. She also manages a furniture reuse social enterprise in the west of Scotland, all of which adds to the skill set on the Board of Trustees
As a parent of a child with Down’s syndrome, Moira has practical experience of some of the challenges parents face. When her son was born, she took a break from work after 16 years in HR with a large Pensions and Personal Investment Company. Moira now works as a Manager for a small charity providing early years childcare provision.
Lesley is married to Ian and they have 3 grown up children and 2 grandsons. Their middle son Aaron who is now 26, has Downs Syndrome and is registered blind. Aaron left school at 16 and has had a team of PAs supporting him, taking him out 6 days a week since then.
Lesley has been on the board of DS Scotland for many years, as was Ian before her. Lesley has held different roles including previously as our Chairperson and now as one of the Vice Chairs. Lesley has seen many changes over the last 25 years and has through her involvement with various charities worked hard to make life better for people with DS and their friends and families and continues to do so today.
Mark is married with three children, one of his daughters has Down’s Syndrome. He has been involved with Down Syndrome Scotland for seven years serving as Treasurer on the Grampian Branch.
He joined the board in 2016, his aim is to provide a conduit between a local Branch and the national office to ensure that there is an effective means of communication for aims and policies. He hopes to provide the best possible outcome for people with Down’s Syndrome and their support networks.
Steve joined the Board of Trustees in April 2011 after a busy career including 30 years with the Royal Marines, being a trainer in Zimbabwe, a diplomat in Norway, a member of Nato Staff in Belgium. After leaving the forces he became Interim Manager of the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow. Steve now enjoys supporting local charities of which DS Scotland is one of many.
Nicola has 25 year’s experience in the dental industry. From dental nurse, practice manager to dental sales, she is now a Key Account Manager for Scotland within a large dental organisation. Nicola is also a single parent to her 10 year old son who has Down's Syndrome and Autism. She has experienced many challenges and Nicola is keen to utilise her personal and professional experience to help raise awareness and implement much needed changes where people with Down’s syndrome are concerned.
Theresa is mother to two young men. The eldest is 24 and has Down’s Syndrome while his brother has an inherited metabolic condition. Over the years, Theresa has acquired a great deal of experience working with a variety of professionals and agencies. She has also been part of several committees as a parent representative in relation to health, education and wellbeing connected with her sons. She has been working as a senior manager within both industry and the public sector since completing an MBA in 1991.