MACS provides advice on the planning and regulating of transport facilities to ensure that they are accessible for those with a disability.

MACS believes in a Scotland where anyone with a mobility problem due to some physical, mental or sensory impairment can go when and where everyone else can and have the information and opportunity to do so.

This section provides information on what MACS does in its role in advising government and contains information on the committee itself.

MACS has no staff but is supported by a Secretariat within Transport Scotland.

Aims of MACS

  • To give Scottish Ministers advice on aspects of policy affecting the travel needs of disabled people
  • To take account of the broad views and experiences of disabled people when giving advice
  • To encourage awareness amongst disabled people in Scotland of developments which affect their mobility, choices and opportunities
  • To work closely with the Scottish Government and ensure our work programme complements the work being undertaken by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the Scottish Office of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and other organisations, voluntary and statutory agencies
  • To promote the travel needs of disabled people with transport planners and operators so that these are fully taken into account in the delivery of services
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our work against the above aims and objectives in improving travel opportunities for disabled people in Scotland.



The Mobility and Access Committee (MACS) meets quarterly in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. Meetings commence at 11:00 (refreshments from 10:45) unless otherwise indicated.

Dates of MACS meetings in 2017:

  • Tuesday 17 January
  • Tuesday 18 April
  • Tuesday 18 July
  • Tuesday 17 October

Members of the public are welcome to attend MACS meetings. The Secretariat requires a minimum of one week's notice of attendance. Depending on the venue up to 5 places are available. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you wish to attend please contact macs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or telephone 0131 244 0923.

Past minutes of MACS meetings are available via the UK web archive.

Members' biographies

Linda Bamford

Linda’s career background is mainly in NHS Scotland, initially as a psychiatric and general nurse before moving into Para medicine with the Scottish Ambulance Service. After 13 years as a frontline paramedic in Glasgow Linda moved into management holding various senior management positions within the ambulance service for over 15 years. She was heavily involved in Accident and Emergency ambulance service provision in various areas in Scotland and led on the previous Patient Transport Service Redesign Strategy.

She is the recipient of two queens medals. One for “Long Service and Good Conduct” to the NHS and the second for “Dedication to the NHS”. She recently had to take early medical retirement after several lots of surgery for a spinal cord injury at L3/4/5 and S1. Linda is now involved in Children’s Hearings Scotland and is also a qualified counsellor.

She is the current Chair of Spinal Injuries Scotland, an organisation she got involved with after her spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. She will take up the position of National Convenor for Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) in Jan 2017.

Hobbies before her injury included cycling, squash and various water sports, some of which she hopes to pick back up with some assistance. Linda brings to the role experience and qualifications in Operational Management and Service Delivery, Corporate Governance, Strategy Development, Risk Management, Change Management, Team Building and Leadership and Organisational Planning utilising project methodologies.

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.

Dr Anne Findlay

After graduating in medicine from Edinburgh University in 1981, she undertook further specialist training and qualifications in paediatrics, public health, international health and tropical medicine.  She has worked both in a clinical capacity and in public health roles at local, national and international level.  Dr Findlay has undertaken consultancy work for the World Health Organisation as well as working for aid agencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  More recently she has been a member of various tribunals which deal with appellants who have a range of disabilities.  She is also a main carer for a relative with both visual and physical impairments.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Susan Morris

Susan Morris is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She brings 25 years of academic research experience in social and behavioural sciences with expertise in technology-enhanced learning and universal design.   Susan is a former Director of Larbert based Forth Valley Advocacy, a free independent professional advocacy service.   Susan is an alumna of University of Manchester (BA Econ Hons in Government and Social Policy 1992), University of Stirling (MSc in Applied Social Research 1993), University of Glasgow (PhD 1998) and The Open University (Dip Mgmt 2005, BSc Hons 2011, MA in Online and Distance Education 2016).

Dr George Mowat-Brown

A freelance lecturer, writer, researcher, musician, occasional broadcaster and speaker, his work involves him in frequent multi-modal travelling throughout the UK.  His writing encompasses the arts, industrial history and medical issues and he tutors postgraduate students for the Open University in Scotland and occasionally lectures for the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford.  Dr Mowat-Brown has been involved since its inception with the Scottish MS Incidence Register having given a talk on the history of MS in Scotland at its launch.  He has been a Member of the Steering Group and Chairs the Patients Reference Group for the Register.  He took an active part in highlighting the deficiencies of the Disability discrimination act in relation to MS that led to the clarifications of 2005.

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.

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.

Fraser Sutherland

Fraser Sutherland champions consumer rights in Scotland and across the UK.  He has a wide range of consumer research and advocacy experience in a variety of markets including financial services, communications and retail.  Mr Sutherland authored Citizens Advice Scotland’s report on rural bus provision and led their campaign against unfair practices in the private parking industry.  He is passionate about protecting vulnerable consumers, including those with a disability, and championing the issues faced by those in remote and rural Scotland.  He is Co-Chair of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Consumer panel and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

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

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 0923

E-mail: macs@transport.gov.scot