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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.

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.

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.

Cecil Meiklejohn

Cecil Meiklejohn was a carer for her husband who had 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.

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.

Sheila Fletcher

Sheila has wide experience in the provision of public transport and associated infrastructure, having worked for over 25 years in the public and third sector. She is secretary of the Ross and Cromarty Access Panel and serves on the Boards of the Bradbury Centre (Bonar Bridge), Ross-shire Voluntary Action and the Scottish Disability Equality Forum. In her working life with the Community Transport Association, Shelia supports third sector transport providers throughout Scotland but mostly in the Highlands and Islands as she is based near Inverness. She is also involved with groups who provide day care in the community.

David Hunter

David is an independent consultant with Not for Profit Planning. He has over thirty years’ experience in a wide variety of voluntary and professional roles promoting accessible transport. He was a full-time volunteer with Manchester Community Transport before becoming the first Director of the London Dial a Ride Users Association. He developed a range of accessible and sustainable transport services for Lothian and Edinburgh Councils for ten years before leading strategy and business planning at the National Library of Scotland. He has degrees in Politics and Social Policy and was appointed an Associate Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute in 2015. His interests include social policy research, consumer involvement in public services and in making streets and public places inclusive. He is a member of Living Streets, the Institute of Transport and Logistics and the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance.

Hilary Stubbs

Hilary has had a career spanning almost 40 years in Local Government. She has specialised in the field of business support including HR, Finance, performance management and risk management. On secondment to the Audit Commission, Hilary undertook the role of Inspector in Local Authorities across the UK. As a Board Member of West Highland College, Hilary chairs the Board’s Audit Committee and hopes to bring her knowledge of Board Governance and audit to this role. Hilary is a regular traveller on public transport, especially the ferry services. Having worked with young people with special needs she hopes to influence the provision of accessible transport for all sectors of the community. Hilary was County Commissioner for Scouting in County Durham and has been involved in charity work especially with St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham and Dorothy’s well project, Tanzania, where she was a founding trustee. Hilary graduated from St Mary’s College, Durham University and remained in Durham until she retired to Isle of Arran.

John Whitfield

John was born with a severe hearing loss and wears bi-lateral hearing aids and lip reads. His eyesight deteriorated due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and he has been registered blind for over 30 years. Over the years his work with Deafblind Scotland (DbS) has involved a considerable amount of travelling. Due to his sight loss he has to utilise every mode of transport necessary to fulfil his role and has used ferries, trains and where necessary taxis when buses are not available. He has a wealth of experience around accessibility and transport modes. He has also represented Deafblind Scotland on a number of meetings to address accessibility issues for dual sensory impaired people.

Register of Interests

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

Secretariat and contact details

A secretariat within Transport Scotland serves MACS. The secretariat 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

Telephone: 0131 244 0848


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