The ALLIANCE is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for supporting our ongoing vision

The ALLIANCE has ten elected board members who work with the Chief Officers Sara Redmond and Susan Young and Directors to ensure the aims and objectives of the ALLIANCE are achieved.

Our Board members come from a range of different backgrounds and are elected at our annual general meeting.

Our Board members are:

  • Ruth Dorman (Chair) SHARE Scotland
    Ruth Dorman is an accomplished and experienced Chief Executive.  Offering significant experience in senior leadership and strategic roles within diverse environments, with a track record of successfully designing and delivering wide ranging transformational programmes and improving performance, inspiring realisation of full potential. Having worked in both the public and not for profit sector. Ruth’s effectiveness at this level derives from her ability to apply sound judgement whilst remaining focused on the organisation’s primary objectives and successfully building strong working relationships, both internally and externally. Ruth has contributed to several third sector and statutory agency boards and committees. This has provided her with the opportunity to contribute to the oversight of risk management, policy development and strategic planning across a broad spectrum of provision whilst also developing personal skills, knowledge and relationships.
  • Alex Johnston (Treasurer)– ALLIANCE Board Co-opted member
  • Nicky ThomsonGood Morning Service
    Having enjoyed, and perhaps somewhat endured, various leadership roles in the third, public and private sectors, Nicky found where she was meant to be as CEO of Good Morning® Service. Nicky set up Good Morning Service in 2000 and, having developed software, standard operating procedures, and good practice guidelines, provided mentoring and consultancy in setting up new services across Scotland, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Learning much along the way she is still enjoying learning in such a dynamic charity. A member of various boards over the years, Nicky has served on the ALLIANCE board since 2015.
  • Janice Preston – Macmillan Cancer Support
    Janice, a registered nurse by background, has worked within the third sector for 20 years; currently head of partnerships in Scotland and NI for Macmillan Cancer Support, Janice is passionate about the role the third sector play in meeting needs or influencing provision to meet needs of those with long term conditions. Janice has a background of promoting innovation in service design and delivery, placing people with lived experience at the centre and being able to spread that innovation across Scotland by working together with others to make a bigger difference and ensure easier access by the most under served in society. Janice believes the third sector has a key role in bringing together stakeholders and ensuring an integrated, personalised response to the individual and their needs across primary, acute and social care to deliver better services. The third sector also has a key role in mobilising and amplifying the voice of vulnerable people and communities. These are the reasons Janice volunteered to be a trustee on the ALLIANCE board and hopes she can use her skills and experience to further their work and their impact, and that of the third sector overall.
  • Douglas TaylorDrumchapel LIFE
    Dougie has a management background in Marketing, Education, and Financial Services as well as the Health and Social Care field.  Over almost two decades with Momentum Skills, mostly as Head of Operations, he played an integral role in moving the organisation from what was essentially a collection of local projects to a significant organisation delivering services for the Department for Work and Pensions and Skills Development Scotland as well as local authorities and the NHS. 
    Now working with two local third sector organisations in North West Glasgow, Dougie is committed to developing community-based services that are designed and managed by the people who need them. 
  • Irena PatersonMoray Disability Forum
    Irena was a Private Secretary for 9 Years and at the same time had her son. The moving on to 6 years at the Citizens Advice Bureau. She is educated with a BA from the Open University, Master`s from Aberdeen University, a Diploma in Health and Social Care and Secretarial Studies. Irena is currently Chair of the Moray Disability Forum, involved in Moray Community Council and actively volunteers in fighting for how disabled people are treated.
  • Alan McGinley Versus Arthritis
  • Jim HumeChange Mental Health
    Jim Hume is Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the mental health charity Change Mental Health.  Change Mental Health has been supporting people with mental illness and their carers for over 50 years and employs around 180 people across Scotland. At Change Mental Health, Jim set up and runs the National Rural Mental Health Forum, which had over 230 membership organisations from the third, public and private sectors all collaborating to tackle mental health, illness and wellbeing. Previous to Jim’s work at Change Mental Health, he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (2017-2026), where he was a health spokesperson for five years and successfully brought into legislation his own Member’s Bill, now Act, on prohibiting smoking in vehicles with children present. Jim started his careers in a diverse rural business, involved in farming, property and hospitality. He has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.
  • Donald Richards – ALLIANCE Board Co-opted member
    Donald was born deaf to hearing parents. Growing up he attended a school for deaf and hearing-impaired students which focused on oral learning. He was first introduced to British Sign Language (BSL) when he met the deaf community in London. This enabled Donald to communicate more effectively and gave him the freedom to embrace life without barriers. Donald was a key contributor to the development of BSL communication services and deaf awareness in the Highlands. Donald was the Head of Deaf Studies at the prestigious Donaldson’s College for the Deaf in Edinburgh. He developed the school curriculum in a unique field of education. Donald was the Convenor of deafscotland, the lead organisation for deaf issues in Scotland. Their aim is to ensure deaf people in Scotland can access services and information across all sectors of society.  In 2021, deafscotland merged with The ALLIANCE of which he is currently a Board Member.
  • Jim Guyan – ALLIANCE Board Co-opted member
    Jim is an unpaid carer and has been on Shetland Islands Integrated Joint Board and Strategic Planning Group since January 2018. He has also been a member of Shetland Islands Carers Strategy Group since  2016. In 2023 he joined the Scottish Governments Carers Rights and Support Steering Group as an unpaid carer. Jim has worked with Voluntary Action Shetland assisting the Carers Centre in promoting Carers Rights.  Jim is also the Island/IJB Representative on the National Care Service Key Stakeholders Steering Group. Jim is passionate about supporting Unpaid Carers and campaigning for better rights for Unpaid Carers.

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