Pat Graham – Chair
Pat, our recently appointed Chair, is a retired tax inspector. She has two daughters, Jenna who is an art teacher and illustrator and Lauren, who has PMLD and now lives in supported accommodation. Pat has been involved with PAMIS for over 20 years, and she and her family have used PAMIS’ services during all that time. Since retiring she has put her free time to good use by being actively involved in many and varied PAMIS projects. She is delighted that working with PAMIS provides her with the opportunity to give something back to an organisation that has provided so much support, education and fun to her family.
Donald has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. He ran his own equality and human rights consultancy focusing on adult protection, risk and personalisation. From 2012-2015 Donald managed Scottish Care’s Self-directed Support project, People as Partners, then worked as Scottish Care’s Joint National Workforce Lead. He became the CEO of Scottish Care in April 2016.
Frances joined the family business and worked alongside her mother in fashion retail for 22 years. Now a full time mother of twin boys Frances agreed to be on the Board in 2016. Her son Robert has PMLD and Frances has been actively involved in working with PAMIS on postural care and champions this work throughout the country. “I have always had a special place in me for anyone in need and I realise times are changing for people like Robert and being part of these exciting changes ahead will be so encouraging for us all to make the future a better place.”
Formerly a PAMIS Co-ordinator in Grampian Jenny retired from the post and became a member of the PAMIS Board A tireless campaigner for Changing Places toilets, Jenny cared for her son Craig, who had PMLD, until his death in 2008. Jenny is highly skilled in many areas, one being postural care and is still actively involved with people with profound learning disabilities and complex health care needs. You can read her blog in Voice and Visuals.
Currently a Practice Education Co-ordinator at NHS Education for Scotland. He works closely with the AHP Practice Education Leads that are funded by NES in each NHS Board. He supports the NES Physiotherapy Education Advisory Group which acts as a way of listening to staff working in Scotland. His areas of professional interest are research, sharing practice and implementing evidence into everyday practice.
A trainee solicitor with Blackadders LLP, Rachael works in the Private Client department and is our newest Board Member.