Louise Benson

Recently retired, Louise has had extensive experience in the NHS in a number of roles since she registered as a dietician in 1979. Before taking early retirement Louise was Head of Profession in NHS Ayrshire and Arran a role which combined the strategic development and operational management of the department that provided dietetic services to all sectors of the health service. Louise also has significant experience in volunteering and her commitment at Ceartas has seen her focus on user involvement and dementia services.

Catherine Bradley

Catherine has a wealth of experience in project and staff & volunteer management within the local Third Sector and Ceartas has quickly benefited from that knowledge. Catherine is a member of the Finance Sub Group.

Martin Brickley

Local resident Martin worked in education, but also has experience within the private sector. Since his retirement Martin has taken an active role within the community and is currently chair of the Public Partnership Forum and a member of the CHP committee in East Dunbartonshire.

Allan Geekie

Allan is the treasurer of Ceartas . Allan had a career in banking and many years as an auditor. This has enabled him to transfer his skills to Ceartas to ensure that the necessary and appropriate governance structures are in place throughout the organisation and chairs our Finance Sub Group.

Anne McNair

Anne is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art. She taught art for four years in Glasgow, followed by working as a graphic designer for the education department in South Lanarkshire and then transferred to a similar post working for Glasgow City Council. Anne was active as a UNISON shop steward through most of this time and latterly served as the Publicity Officer for UNISON’s Glasgow City Branch (local government). Anne was elected in 2007 as a local authority councillor for East Dunbartonshire Council and retired in 2017.

“In my time as a local councillor I was extremely impressed by the work carried out by Ceartas and the crucial independent support they offered to vulnerable members in our community.”

Interests include politics, reading, cycling (off road) and walking.

Marion Menzies

Marion is the current Chair of Ceartas. She is a lawyer who specialises in corporate governance, contracts, data protection and privacy law and intellectual property. Having qualified almost 30 years ago she has been a partner in private practice and worked in house in industry and has a number of voluntary sector clients. She has also been a member of the Public Partnership Forum and is a keen advocate on community engagement and empowerment and on creating stronger links between business on the one hand and social enterprise and the Third Sector on the other. Marion is a member of the Fundraising and Development Sub-group.

Sandra Peat

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David Wiseman

David started his social care career as a care officer in a home for older people before going on to work for Strathclyde Region in a variety of positions.  He then joined South Lanarkshire Council, as Head of Strategic Services in the Social Work Department, where he also had responsibility for their Registration and Inspection Unit.

Following a period of secondment to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), he returned to South Lanarkshire as Head of Older People’s Services before joining the Care Commission as Director of Operations in February 2002, becoming the Director of Strategic Development and Depute Chief Executive of the Care Commission in 2005.  After a period as Acting Chief Executive of the Care Commission he retired in 2011 and was appointed to the Board of the Care Inspectorate.

David is also a Trustee/Director of the U.K.- wide Residential Forum, a charity whose purpose is to promote the achievement of high standards of care for children and adults in care homes and schools, and to contribute to improving the quality of service to the public.  He was, until November 2016, a Board member of another charity, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).

David brings strong skills in analysis and challenging constructively, strategic business planning, community development, human resource management and resource management and has a good understanding of developing and monitoring approaches to risk management.