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Members' biographies

Anne MacLean OBE

Anne was a trustee of RNIB Scotland until October 2012 and a Committee Member of Sight Action until May 2012. She chairs Inclusion Cairngorm, a body which gives advice to the Cairngorm National Park Authority on equality and human rights issues.

She was formerly a National Officer with the National Union of Civil & Public Servants (now PCS). She has chaired a number of committees within the voluntary sector, mainly covering Housing & Social Care. Anne was appointed as Convener in January 2009 and reappointed to serve a second 3 year term in January 2012.

John Ballantine

John is a retired solicitor and member of the Equalities Law Sub-committee of the Law Society of Scotland.  He is the Treasurer of the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance and a member of the Edinburgh Access Panel. He was appointed to the Board of the Lothian Centre for Integrated Living on 26 March 2014. These posts do not attract remuneration. 

John was also a member of the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) and was appointed in July 2009 as the MACS representative and re-appointed in July 2012 for the period initially until 31 March 2013 which has now been extended until 31 December 2013. John was appointed in January 2009 and was re-appointed in January 2012.

Bob Benson

Bob has extensive experience within local authority, public and third sector bodies and organisations. He was recently appointed for a four year term as a Board member of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. This public appointment is remunerated at a rate of £280 per day. He stood down in September 2012 from the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Scotland and Disability Committees after serving two terms. He was previously first Scotland Director of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and had prior to this served as the Scottish representative on the UK Disability Rights Task Force which advised on the terms of reference and legislative framework for the DRC.

Previously appointed as a member of the Disability Employment Advisory Committee (DEAC), which reported to the UK Minister for Disability. He was also Executive Director for Community Development in England and Wales with Scope, and Director, Disability Scotland. He is a trustee of Foundation Scotland a charitable philanthropic grant giving organisation and currently is Chair of their Innovation and Impact Committee. Bob was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Clare Byrne

Clare is Director and Vice Chair of Spinal Injuries Scotland. She has a background in retail management, specialising in training. Following a road traffic accident in 2000, Clare sustained a spinal cord injury. This led to her interest in wheelchair access, and in particular being able to access public transport, as well as the Blue Badge Scheme, which provides parking concessions for people with severely restricted mobility who have difficulty using public transport. Clare was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Marsali Craig

Marsali is a Trustee and Director of the MS Society and a Director of Aberdeen based North-East Sensory Services. Marsali has professional skills and experience as a Social Worker and as a Solicitor and has a wide personal experience of travelling as a disabled person. Marsali was appointed in October 2013.

Heather Fisken

Heather works as a Project Manager for Independent Living in Scotland The project was previously hosted by Equality and Human Rights Commission until March 2012. Heather was previously employed in a variety of roles in the Disability Rights Commission including policy, practice development and introducing the Disability Equality Duty to Scotland.

She was previously a Trustee of the RNID and has worked as an Inclusive Design Consultant. Heather now sits on the Board of the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People. She is a graduate of the Inclusive Environmental Access and Design course at Herriot Watt University. Heather was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Margaret Follon

Margaret is the Head of the Access Centre at West Lothian College in Livingston. She is responsible for the management of the staff who deliver courses for students with additional support needs, ESOL courses, adult learning in the Community and core skills across the College. She is a member of the College Equalities Committee and is responsible for the implementation of the College support for learning service.

Margaret has been a member of the Equality Advisory Group to the Scottish Parliament for two years and was part of a subcommittee who advised on the new entrance. In September 2009 Margaret developed a spinal abscess which left her initially unable to walk and requiring a long period of rehabilitation. Unable to return to her third floor flat, she was re-housed in a ground floor adapted home with the help of Housing Options Scotland a charity who support disabled people to access the right house in the right place. Margaret is now a board member of the organisation. Margaret was appointed in October 2013.

Andrew Holmes

Andrew trained and worked as a civil engineer before becoming involved in the wider area of planning, economic development and transport. Prior to retiring in April 2008 he was Director of City Development for the City of Edinburgh Council. He has served on a number of transport related groups and committees at both Scottish and UK level. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland. Andrew was appointed in January 2009 and was re-appointed in January 2012.

Jane Horsburgh

Jane is Policy Manager for Guide Dogs Scotland. She was previously a board member of MACS from 2005 to 2008 and was involved in the Department for Transport's Research on Designing for Disabled People in Home Zones. She is a member of the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance, and a previous member of Angus Access Panel. Jane was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Grahame Lawson

Grahame was Head of Planning, Roads and Building Control for North Lanarkshire Council until he retired in 2004. He was an adviser on disability matters to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and for many years he was a member of DPTAC where he chaired the Personal Mobility and Local Authority Working Group and led on Blue Badge issues. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Highways and Transportation. He currently leads for MACS on transport aspects relating to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Grahame was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Cecil Meiklejohn

Cecil is the main carer for her husband who has a chronic condition resulting in him being wheelchair dependent for over 20 years.  She has worked for organisations  such as shop mobility, as a mobility training officer, assisting people to use accessible forms of transport as well as providing training for transport providers.  She has engaged in further study in accessible environments as a housing occupational therapy assistant.  As an elected member within a Scottish Local Authority, she continually strives to create a more equitable society and ensure those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged are not marginalised.  Cecil was appointed in October 2013.

Annette Monaghan

Annette worked for the NHS in Scotland for 20 years including 5 years with the Scottish Government Health Department and most recently in the Human Resources Directorate of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  Her background is Learning and Education and Organisation Development.  Annette is a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Glasgow and is also a Peer Supporter with Housing Options Scotland, which gives detailed information and advice to enable disabled people to have access to suitable housing.  She tutors in Management Studies on a part-time basis at University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde. Annette was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Hussein Patwa

Hussein was elected as an RNIB Scotland Member Representative in 2011 and to the RNIB Scotland Committee shortly thereafter. He was co-opted onto the strategic Living with Sight Loss Programme Board and also sits on the Travel, Shopping & Control of Money Programme Board within the same organisation.

He is a member of the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance with a particular interest in accessible rail and local bus transport. Hussein has a background in Business Management, Innovation & Change and Internet Information Systems with e-Business. Hussein was appointed to MACS in October 2013.

Keith Robertson

Keith is a Royal Navy Veteran.  He was invalided out of the forces in 1973 after an accident that left him disabled and a paraplegic wheelchair user.  He is a graduate of Heriot Watt University and has professional expertise in the field of accessibility and design of Inclusive Environments.  Keith is the General Manager of Wheelchair s for Ukraine.  Keith was appointed in October 2013.

Jane Steven

Jane is a qualified nurse and social worker with a long history of working on both disabled issues and rural community and access issues and on Collaborative and Community Development Projects until her retiral. She was an Individual Public Member of Network Rail for 3 years and was a member of Passengers' Views Scotland (PVS).  She is a past member of the management committee of Carers of East Lothian.  Jane was appointed in October 2009 and re-appointed in October 2012.

Register of Interests

Select a names below to view the corresponding Register of Interests for that MACS committee membee (PDF files). 

Secretariat

A secretariat serves the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS). The secretariat is staffed by Transport Scotland employees and is located in Victoria Quay in Edinburgh.

The Secretariat responsibilities include: circulating information to members informing members of consultations updating the MACS website arranging and organising meetings circulating meeting papers supporting the Convener and preparing minutes of meetings processing payments of allowances and expenses co-ordinating appropriate representation by Committee members at external events facilitating media handling through Transport Scotland's Communication Office

The MACS Secretariat can be contacted at:

Transport Scotland
Area 2D Dockside
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Telephone: 0131 244 5306 or 0131 244 0611

E-mail: macs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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