With a background in Community Development, Pandora has worked for 32 years in the public or voluntary sector in areas as diverse as mental health, childcare, housing, transport, older people and physical disability.
Pandora has been the Chief Executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland since January 2008. In 2012, she completed the Institute of Leadership & Management Certificate in Leadership.
Over the years, she has sat on the management committees and Boards of a number of charities and is currently Vice Chair of the Scottish Consortium on Learning Disability.
Sarah qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse in 1995 and has worked for a range of third sector organisations ever since, delivering and managing services to children or adults with learning disabilities and their families. In 2005 Sarah successfully completed 'Leading to Deliver' a post graduate management qualification and gained a first class BSc (Honours) Open Degree in 2013. Sarah has held both middle and senior management roles during her career and continues to be a board member for other charities. Sarah leads and manages the range of services we deliver nationally and oversees our policy and communications work.
Ed began his finance career in 1973 where he trained with the Ben Line until moving on in 1992 to take up the position of Warehouse Accountant with John Menzies. In 1998, Ed joined the Scottish Arts Council where he was Head of Finance until 2010 when he took early retirement. After a short retirement, he accepted a temporary contract at East Lothian Council then moved to become Finance Manager with DS Scotland in July 2014.
Jo lives in East Ayrshire with her husband and 2 boys aged 7 & 6. Before joining Down’s Syndrome Scotland Jo worked as Learning and Development Manager in the finance sector. Jo joined DS Scotland in 2011 as Family Support Officer for the South, before being promoted in April 2015 to Senior Family Support Service Officer for the team and covering the West of Scotland area.
Morag qualified as a Childcare and Education Worker in 1998 and has continued to deliver services to children and adults with learning disabilities in a variety of settings.
She is our newest Family Support Service Officer, covering the South east of Scotland.
Morag will be studying towards a BSc (Hons) Open Degree with the Open University starting with the modules ‘Working together for Children’ and ‘Child Development’ in October 2015.
Previously Shona worked as the Team Leader in a day service which supported adults with both learning and physical disabilities, she organised the daily activities with her team and worked closely with parents/carers as well as professionals to ensure the care provided was person centred and people were reaching their full potential and participating in activities that they enjoyed.
Claire lives in Aberdeen with her partner and two children aged 5 and 2. Claire completed an HNC in Social Care in 1999 and became involved in supporting adults with physical and learning disabilities in a variety of settings. This work continued throughout her studies at University where in 2003 she qualified as a Social Worker. Since qualifying, Claire has gained experience in working with Children and Families in Dundee and Aberdeen.
Jill has come from a financial background having worked for Lloyds Banking Group for 24 years. This involved working in the Mortgage sector for 17 years with the later 7 years working in the Private Banking sector as an Executive Assistant supporting various Heads of Banking.
Jill joined DS Scotland in February 2015 where she supports Pandora and the Management Team and acts as Office Manager.
Kevin joined DS Scotland in August 2010 after working mainly in the private sector sales & customer service roles for the previous 20 years. Joining initially as the Administrator Kevin now focusses on the areas of database & finance.
Claire has been employed with DS Scotland since July 2015. She studied English and broadcast journalism at University.
Claire is responsible for the maintenance of this website, the social media pages and all outgoing communications for DS Scotland such as e-bulletins, mailings and the Full Potential magazine. She also deals with local and national press, highlighting relevant stories to journalists and responding to news stories concerning Down’s syndrome.
Lesley lives in Fife. She has a Chemistry degree from St Andrews University. Whilst bringing up her two children she has done various jobs. Lesley has been involved with Down’s Syndrome Scotland since birth of my daughter in 2008. She became a committee member with the Fife and Tayside branch of Down’s Syndrome Scotland in 2012. She has also worked as an ABC co-worker in Perth 2015 and moved to the fundraising team in 2016.
Julie joined Down’s Syndrome Scotland in 2015 and has worked in Community Fundraising for ten years. She works with supporters helping them to raise much needed funds and awareness of Down’s syndrome. She helps people in their fundraising efforts as they take part in marathons and 10k’s; as they hold coffee mornings or charity nights; or if they are volunteering their time to support Down’s Syndrome Scotland.
After studying Law, Louise spent several years working with Financial Services Companies in Edinburgh, heading up Communications and Product Marketing functions. She took a few years break from employment to spend time with her three children. During this time she took on various volunteer roles including Chair of a small charity providing Early Years care. Louise joined Down’s Syndrome Scotland in November 2012 to administer our Creative Breaks Fund. She continues to manage our Short Breaks Funds and has a dual role in researching and compiling funding applications to Charitable Trusts and Foundations.
Rachel holds a PHD in Political Studies from the University of Aberdeen. She worked at the Scottish Parliament before joining Down’s Syndrome Scotland in July 2013. Rachel leads on the development of policy and parliamentary activities in order to influence policy making and practice on issues relevant to people with Down’s syndrome and their families.
Brenda has been working with adults with learning disabilities for 20 years. She started working in an administration role with a third sector organisation later she completed an HND in Librarianship and Information Science (distance learning) in 1998 and was an Information Officer for 5 years, developing accessible information for people with learning disabilities. Brenda became a Development Worker for the same organisation (2001-2006) and gained a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare through the Open University. She joined Down’s Syndrome Scotland in July 2006 as a Training Officer working on The Training Project for adults with Down’s syndrome moving onto The Making Your Way through Life project in 2009. She is now the Project Manager of Friends Connect, a three year project funded by National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
Susan joined Down’s Syndrome Scotland in early 2016. She previously worked in the NHS as a Podiatrist. She originally became involved with the charity as a volunteer mentor in the Friends Connect in Fife. She lives in St. Andrew with her family. She now runs small “Friends”, groups in Aberdeen and Fife and has members with one to one connectors in the Dundee area.
Helen has been employed as a Speech & Language Therapist by DS Scotland since July 2013. She heads up the pilot Communication Skills Project across Scotland. Since 2012, Helen has been a co-worker for The Achieving Better Communication (ABC) groups in Edinburgh for children with Down’s syndrome.
Before training as a Speech and Language Therapist, Helen was a support worker for adults with learning disabilities. When her son Daniel was born with Down’s syndrome, she became very active within her local branch, even serving tenure as the chairperson, running the parent and toddler group and the Boogie Bunch, a group for adults with Down syndrome.
Katy has been an ABC co-worker with DS Scotland for three years. She has also recently become a family support service office, supporting families in the West of Scotland.
With a Masters in Adult and Continuing Education, Katy has worked previously as an ESOL tutor, literacy tutor, communications lecturer and has run creative and song writing community learning workshops. She also ran sing and sign groups for pre-school children.
Katy combines her work with being a mum to 5 children.