Staff

Management Team

Eddie McConnell

Eddie McConnell

Chief Executive

Eddie McConnell

Eddie McConnell

Chief Executive

eddie@dsscotland.org.uk
07919 526 828
Eddie joined Down’s Syndrome Scotland as its new Chief Executive in August 2019. He has held several senior leadership roles across Scotland’s third sector and public sector and he is the current Chair of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. A member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Disabled Children and Young People, he was closely involved in shaping the Scottish Government’s Keys to life strategy for people with a learning disability. Eddie is married to Carolyn and they have five children, the youngest has Down’s syndrome. He lives in Cumbernauld where he enjoys lots of great walking with the family dog and, when he gets a chance, he is known to pound the streets as he tries to re-awaken distant memories of his past marathon running days.
Jo Hughes

Jo Hughes

Head of Service Development

Jo Hughes

Jo Hughes

Head of Service Development

jo@dsscotland.org.uk
07590 047 472
Jo lives in East Ayrshire with her husband and 2 boys. Before joining Down’s Syndrome Scotland Jo worked as Learning and Development Manager in the corporate bank sector. Jo joined DS Scotland in 2011 as Family Support Officer for the South. She now manages all of our services across Scotland.
Laura Wright

Laura Wright

Finance and Resources Manager

Laura Wright

Laura Wright

Finance and Resources Manager

laura@dsscotland.org.uk
07745 673 626

Family Support Service

Shona Robertson

Shona Robertson

Family Support Service Lead

Shona Robertson

Shona Robertson

Family Support Service Lead

shona@dsscotland.org.uk
07918 568 975
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.
Morag Shields

Morag Shields

Family Support Service Officer (South East of Scotland)

Morag Shields

Morag Shields

Family Support Service Officer (South East of Scotland)

Morag@dsscotland.org.uk
07808 037 561
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 covers the South east of Scotland.
Varshali Swadi

Varshali Swadi

Family Support Service Officer (West of Scotland)

Varshali Swadi

Varshali Swadi

Family Support Service Officer (West of Scotland)

Varshali@dsscotland.org.uk
07590 047 471
Varshali lives in Bearsden with her husband and two children. She has a post graduate degree in Early Years and worked as a teacher for several years in her home country India before moving to the UK in 2002. Since then she has worked for the Meriden Women’s Resource Centre and The National Deaf Children’s Society. Varshali joined Down’s Syndrome Scotland in 2017 and covers the West of Scotland.
Kirsty Lockhart

Kirsty Lockhart

Family Support Service Officer (North East of Scotland) & TeenZ Space Coordinator.

Kirsty Lockhart

Kirsty Lockhart

Family Support Service Officer (North East of Scotland) & TeenZ Space Coordinator.

Kirsty@dsscotland.org.uk
07918 566 503
Kirsty has been working with people who have learning disabilities and their families across different contexts including Adult Social Care, Education and Supported Employment, for the past 18 years. She is also an artist and is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Counselling. She lives in Dundee where she runs a social club for adults with learning disabilities at her local church. She is the Family Support Service Officer for the North-East.
Debbie Campbell

Debbie Campbell

Family Support Service Officer

Debbie Campbell

Debbie Campbell

Family Support Service Officer

Debbie@dsscotland.org.uk

Adult Services (Including FriendZ Space)

Brenda Hepburn

Brenda Hepburn

Adult Services Lead

Brenda Hepburn

Brenda Hepburn

Adult Services Lead

brenda@dsscotland.org.uk
07825 214 109
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 managed the Friends Connect Project from 2014 to August 2017. She is now manager for the FriendZ Space Programme.
Cher Collins

Cher Collins

Trainer

Cher Collins

Cher Collins

Trainer

cher@dsscotland.org.uk
Cher has been a member of Down’s Syndrome Scotland since 2016. She attended different events, groups and conferences. She was a Commissioner at the World Down Syndrome Congress in 2018. Cher now works on planning and delivering awareness training to other people with Down’s syndrome. Cher is also working on the FriendZ Space programme.
Megan Bisland

Megan Bisland

Trainer

Megan Bisland

Megan Bisland

Trainer

megan@dsscotland.org.uk
Karen Fraser

Karen Fraser

Adult Services Development Worker

Karen Fraser

Karen Fraser

Adult Services Development Worker

karen@dsscotland.org.uk
Karen has worked with adults who have a disability since 1991. Most recently as the Senior Deputy Manager at Leonard Cheshire. She also volunteers for a local charity who support children and young adults who have additional needs by providing social experiences, building self-esteem, and encouraging independence through a range of activity-based groups and clubs.

ABC Team

Katy Lironi

Katy Lironi

ABC Development Lead and Makaton Tutor

Katy Lironi

Katy Lironi

ABC Development Lead and Makaton Tutor

katy@dsscotland.org.uk
07770 019 468
Katy is the ABC co-worker in Glasgow. 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.
Moira Clark

Moira Clark

ABC Coordinator and Joint Lead

Moira Clark

Moira Clark

ABC Coordinator and Joint Lead

moira@dsscotland.org.uk
07464 820 606
Moira lives in Midlothian with her husband and 3 children. She joined Down Syndrome Scotland as an ABC Tutor in September 2018 and was a primary school teacher for 17 years with the City Of Edinburgh Council. In 2013, she left teaching to look after her young family and husband when he suffered a stroke in 2015. She has varied experience in teaching children with English as an Additional language, Additional Support needs and communication difficulties.
Alison Hone

Alison Hone

ABC Tutor Resources Support

Alison Hone

Alison Hone

ABC Tutor Resources Support

alison@dsscotland.org.uk
07825 310 042
Alison lives in the Orkney Islands, is married to Jim and has 3 children, Josh, Jack and Evie, who has Down’s syndrome. Alison has an NVQ Teaching Assistant qualification and has previously worked in this field. She has worked with Down’s Syndrome Scotland as an ABC Tutor since 2015.
Dawn McIntosh

Dawn McIntosh

ABC Tutor Perth, Angus & Aberdeen

Dawn McIntosh

Dawn McIntosh

ABC Tutor Perth, Angus & Aberdeen

Dawn@dsscotland.org.uk
07918 566 492
Dawn started working in the childcare sector in private day nurseries until 2016, completing her SVQs and PDA in childhood development and practice. She has 2 children of her own who keep her on her toes and started working with Down’s syndrome Scotland as the ABC Tutor for Aberdeen in January 2015, taking on Perth and Angus in 2016 until present.
Rebecca Lorraine

Rebecca Lorraine

ABC Tutor

Rebecca Lorraine

Rebecca Lorraine

ABC Tutor

Rebecca@dsscotland.org.uk
Rebecca is our newest ABC tutor. She has many years of experience of supporting young adults with Down’s syndrome. Rebecca will be delivering the teen sessions in our summer programme – Summer Sensations.

Fundraising & Communications

Andrea McIntyre

Andrea McIntyre

Fundraising Manager

Andrea McIntyre

Andrea McIntyre

Fundraising Manager

andrea.mcintyre@dsscotland.org.uk
07825 586 444
Andrea lives in Glasgow with her family, including a few fury ones too, and joined Down's Syndrome Scotland in March 2022 and is responsible for overseeing all the fundraising functions of the department. Andrea is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, with over 20 years operational experience within not-for-profit and third sector organisations in Scotland.
Mairi Printie

Mairi Printie

Fundraising Administrator

Mairi Printie

Mairi Printie

Fundraising Administrator

mairi@dsscotland.org.uk
0300 030 2121
Mairi joined us in January 2017 taking the role of Administrator & Receptionist. In January 2018, Mairi became our Trusts and Fundraising administrator. Before starting at DSS she worked for 11 years in hospitality. Prior to that she had 6 years’ experience as an assistant PA working for a company dealing with coal miners claims.
Claire Serplus

Claire Serplus

PR, Marketing & Communications Officer (Maternity Leave)

Claire Serplus

Claire Serplus

PR, Marketing & Communications Officer (Maternity Leave)

claire@dsscotland.org.uk
07825 326 910
Claire joined DS Scotland in 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.
Shai Saunders

Shai Saunders

Digital Communications Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Shai Saunders

Shai Saunders

Digital Communications Assistant (Maternity Cover)

shai.saunders@dsscotland.org.uk
07825 326 910
Shai joined the team in May 2022 to cover our Communications Office Claire, who is currently on maternity leave. Shai studied International Marketing at university, gaining his first experience of working with third sector organisations. Shai carried on this passion after his degree and continued to work within the third sector full-time prior to joining DS Scotland. He has taken over Clare’s responsibilities in handling the communications for the organisation, whether that be on our website, social media or any other communication channels.

Administration and Finance

Kevin Cummings

Kevin Cummings

Finance Officer

Kevin Cummings

Kevin Cummings

Finance Officer

kevin@dsscotland.org.uk
0131 442 8846
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.
Sharon Quinney

Sharon Quinney

Services Administrator

Sharon Quinney

Sharon Quinney

Services Administrator

SharonQ@dsscotland.org.uk
0300 030 2121
Sharon joined us in July 2019. On finishing school, Sharon studied at Queen Margaret University and gained a joint degree in Events and Tourism Management. On completion of this she went on to pursue jobs related to this industry, working for a few years at two of Edinburgh’s main tourist attractions within retail and operational roles. Before coming to DSS, Sharon was working front of house for four years as a Receptionist at a Five Star Hotel in Edinburgh.