Naghat is a Law and Accountancy graduate and a committee member for the Law Society of Scotland Client Protection Sub-committee.
Her current role at Glasgow City Council includes both programme and project management. She has previously worked on policy and strategy development, equality and diversity, change management, corporate governance and utilising project methodologies. She previously worked in the Commission for Racial Equality and NHS 24, specialising in equality and diversity.
Naghat is a carer for relatives who have disabilities.
Linda Bamford is the Convener of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS). Her 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 Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). Her NHS career spanned over 30 years.
She was heavily involved in Accident and Emergency ambulance service provision in various areas in Scotland (urban, rural and Islands) 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 – Emergency Services”, and the second for “Dedication to the NHS”.
Linda had to take early medical retirement after several lots of surgery for a spinal cord injury.
She is involved in Children’s Hearings Scotland and is also a qualified counsellor.
She was previously the Chair of Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS), an organisation she got involved with after her spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, and remains one of their Ambassadors.
Linda is the Convener for Disability Equality Scotland, a national Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) aiming to achieve full access and inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.
As well has holding her Ministerial appointed as Convener with the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS), Linda was recently also appointed by Scottish Ministers as a Commissioner with the new statutory Scottish Poverty and Inequality Commission.
Audrey started her career as a nurse, in particular in community and practice settings. After leaving clinical practice she developed a broad experience in redesign and improving health and social care.
Following this she moved to third sector and has extensive senior executive experience, including being the Director for Scotland of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the National Director for Diabetes UK Scotland. Audrey was a founder member of the Health and Social Care Alliance and was Chair of the Health and Social Care Alliance for 10 years, where she now is an Associate Director of the Academy; a Programme in the Alliance working with her passion, focussed on transformation of health and social care.
She's a coach and consultant on organisational change as well as a regular blogger on health and disability issues, informed by her own experience. Until her spinal damage she enjoyed walking, especially with her lurcher Cara. She loves to write, in particular with her creative writing group, which meets in galleries around Edinburgh. She has two adult children, step grandchildren, several grandogs and is very delighted to have a grandchild on the way.
Marsali has been a Trustee and Director of the MS Society and a Director of Aberdeen based North-East Sensory Services. She sat on the Aberdeen City Children’s Panel for two terms and currently works as a volunteer with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at RGU Aberdeen.
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. She was appointed as a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Scotland Committee in December 2017.
She represents the Scotland Committee on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Disability Advisory Committee.
Joanne was appointed as a MACS member on 1 October. She has a slight learning disability and is a member of Enable Scotland, an organisation for people with learning disabilities and family carers.
Joanne is involved with ACE and ENABLE Scotland. ACE is an Active Community of Empowered people with learning disabilities, who challenge barriers to an equal society for every person with learning disability in every community across Scotland. She was elected by her local Elgin ACE members to represent their group at the National ACE meetings. Through her lived-in experience and her work with ACE, she has an understanding of local and national issues for disabled people.
A lot of the work Joanne is involved in, both locally in the Moray area and nationally, is about transport for people with a disability. She has represented the views and promoted the needs of people who have disabilities at national and local meetings. These include meetings with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. As someone who has a learning disability she has first-hand knowledge of the barriers faced when using transport.
Joanne has three sons: Ian, who is 20, Neil, 19 and Keith, 14. Her hobbies include: doing jig-saws, and playing on her tablet, watching TV and going for walks. She enjoys meeting people.
Sheila Fletcher (1954-2020)
MACS lost a colleague and friend after the sudden and untimely passing of Sheila Fletcher in May 2020. Sheila was in her second term with MACS and led our work around Bus and Community Transport and was heavily involved in our drive to improve rail travel.
Her initial passion for equality, and the need for a nationwide accessible public transport system, grew stronger over the years. Her focus quite rightly on rural transport and holding authorities and service providers to account when they failed to provide vital transport to keep people and communities connected.
She was a colleague and trusted friend to MACS members and often referred to as the “mother of our team” giving us all guidance, wise words and support when needed. A listening and non-judgemental ear too and one I valued as Convener, especially when settling into the team after my appointment.
Sheila was a frequent user of bus services (local, national and international) and liked the challenge of getting to meetings, end to end, with her prized possession - her bus pass. For Sheila, getting her bus pass was the equivalent of a “Willy Wonka Golden Ticket”.
Her passion for equality and accessible travel stood only second to her love for her family, her husband, daughters, son and grandchildren, and her commitment to helping her local community. Sheila was a true matriarch holding both family and community together.
Sheila’s other love being her dogs and the companionship of her trusted furry friends.
A busy lady, spinning all these plates but as the saying goes - if you want something done...
Sheila will be sorely missed by all of us and we will continue to push for progress in the areas she was passionate about and do our best to finish the job for her. She will be forever in our hearts and minds.
Susan has worked in a Local Authority setting for many years and has experience in a number of different roles diversifying into the field of accessibility and inclusive design in 2004. Susan is passionate about working with others to create and develop environments that are both accessible and inclusive to as many of us as possible and believes that initial engagement with the potential end user at the earliest possible stage is the key to achieving this.
Susan brings her experience both as a Chartered Surveyor and Access Consultant to the Committee coupled with her current and past membership of various groups, panels and Boards working towards accessible and inclusive places and spaces for everyone to access.
Susan is currently a member of Network Rail’s Built Environment Accessibility Panel, a member of the National Register of Access Consultants Advisory Group and a Director of Disability Equality Scotland.
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.
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.
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 Disability Beyond Borders.
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 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.
Michael was appointed in summer 2017 as Senior Health Improvement Officer at NHS Health Scotland and is currently leading portfolios of work on housing and dementia. Before that, he worked for NHS Health Scotland as Health Improvement Officer, supporting the NHS and others to promote physical activity.
Mr Tornow previously worked for NHS Health Scotland’s Equality Team, and before that for the Disability Rights Commission and Glasgow Housing Association. He has a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Stirling University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Housing, also from Stirling.
He has a Master’s Degree in Equality and Human Rights from Glasgow University and is currently studying Physical Activity for Health part-time at Edinburgh University.
In 2013, Mr Tornow became a Trustee of the charity, Partners in Advocacy, and is currently a member of the National Institute for Health Care Excellence’s Public Health Advisory Committee, which is updating good practice guidelines on making people more physically active.
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.