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Board of Trustees

Age Scotland has a Board of Trustees to monitor Age Scotland's strategic objectives. The Senior Management work closely with the Trustees to carry out the day-to-day running of Age Scotland.

George Foulkes - Chair

George Foulkes began his political career in 1963, when he was elected Senior President of the Students’ Representative Council at the University of Edinburgh. He became President of the Scottish Union of Students in 1965, and following stints as Director of Enterprise Youth and Age Concern Scotland, was elected to Edinburgh City Council in 1970. He was appointed Chairman of the Lothian Education Committee in 1974, and of the Education Committee Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in 1976. Between 1974 and 1979, he also served as Councillor for the Lothian Region.

Lord George Foulkes has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2005. He was a Member of the House of Commons from 1979-2005 and a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 2007-2011. Prior to his election to Parliament he was Director of Age Concern Scotland.

Outside of Parliament, Foulkes was Chairman of Hearts Football Club between 2004 and 2006, and the Caribbean Britain Business Council between 2002 and 2011. He is currently President of the Caribbean Council, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Govnet Communications.

Marion E. T. McMurdo - Vice Chair

Marion is a medical graduate from Dundee Medical School and was formerly Head of Ageing and Health and Consultant in Medicine of Old Age at Dundee University. Her research focussed on the role of exercise, physical activity and nutrition as means of postponing age-related decline.

An enthusiast for public and patient involvement in research, she regularly speaks on the safety, fun and benefits of activity in later life. She chaired the successful UK NIHR Ageing Research Network 2009 to 2015, and received the Ian Stevenson award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Science. She retired from clinical medicine in 2015 and is currently Emeritus Professor of Ageing and Health and Chair of the Ethics Committee of British Medical Journal. She practises what she preaches, enjoying golf, cycling, and walking in addition to photography and playing the mandolin.

Dorry McLaughlin - Trustee

Dorry has been Chief Executive at Viewpoint for three years and has worked in housing and services for older people for some 20 years, following spells in local government and with the housing regulator in England.

Viewpoint provides care homes with nursing and housing services for older people in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. Dorry’s passion for quality services for people with dementia has led Viewpoint to implement a Dementia Strategy aimed at increasing awareness amongst its tenants and the wider community, as well as developing dementia friendly services and accommodation. In 2012, Viewpoint opened Edinburgh’s first Craft Café in partnership with Impact Arts, and carried out a number of dementia awareness raising road shows in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland. Viewpoint has introduced a whole organisation approach to enhancing dementia awareness and practice through a training programme aimed at everyone working for Viewpoint from the Board and central support staff to those working directly with customers.

Before joining Viewpoint Dorry was Chief Executive at Central & Cecil in London. Also providing care and support for older people, Central & Cecil developed innovative services for those living with dementia with a particular focus on creative arts.

Tom O'Connell - Treasurer

Tom is a Chartered Accountant and has been in professional practice for over 40 years. He has considerable experience with charitable bodies both as a trustee and also providing professional advice through his firm.

He is presently the treasurer of the Glasgow City Heritage Trust, East Ayrshire Carers and Kirkintilloch Community Sports Club.

Brendan McCormack - Trustee

Brendan McCormack is Head of the Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Prior to his current position Brendan was Director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research and Head of the Person-centred Practice Research Centre at the University of Ulster. His internationally recognised work in person-centred practice development and research has resulted in successful long-term collaborations in Ireland, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

He is also the Editor of the “International Journal of Older People Nursing”.

Brendan comes with a solid background knowledge of the Age Network as he was the Chair of Age NI for years prior to moving to Scotland.

Dr Alastair Rutherford - Trustee

Dr Alasdair Rutherford is an economist based at the University of Stirling.  Currently employed as a lecturer in quantitative methods in the School of Applied Social Science, Alasdair also worked for seven years in the voluntary sector.  His research interests include ageing and social care; the provision of informal care; longitudinal data analysis;  charities and non-profits; and the economics of volunteering.

Alasdair has completed a number of commissioned projects for the Scottish Government, including a review of the methods, data sources and measurement of the Social Economy indicator.  He has published his research in journals such as the Journal of the Economics of Ageing, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntary Sector Review, Population, Space and Place, and the Scottish Journal of Political Economy.  Dr Rutherford has a PhD in economics from the University of Stirling.

Ken Nicolson - Trustee

Ken Nicolson is from Glasgow. He was educated at St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, and at the University of Glasgow from which he graduated in 1963 with an M.A. (Hons.) in Economics and Political Science.

Ken’s career in industry started as a Management Trainee at Scottish Gas followed by an introduction to IT in the newly established department at Rolls Royce Aero Engines Ltd. This led to spells as a Management Consultant with Coopers and Lybrand, Internal International Consultant at J&P Coats Limited and European Systems Manager of International Playtex Inc. For the last eighteen years of his career Ken was Head of IT at John Brown Engineering Ltd. in Clydebank.

Since his retirement Ken has been involved with a number of organisations including the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now Action on Hearing Loss) and the Scottish Pre-Retirement Council.

Pennie Taylor - Trustee

Pennie Taylor is an award-winning freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health and care issues. BBC Scotland’s first Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday. Pennie is a regular commentator on health and social affairs issues, and is a passionate advocate of older people’s rights.  

As a former Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she worked between 2000 and 2002, Pennie has inside knowledge of how the health service works. This gives her an informed perspective from which to approach and stimulate debate.

A sought-after conference Chairperson and discussion facilitator, Pennie believes that good communication and public participation is key to meeting the challenges that Scotland faces. 

Alison Harrington - Trustee

Alison studied a BSc(Hons) at Edinburgh University, followed by a year in retail management, teacher training and three years of primary teaching.

She then moved on to manage her husbands four surgery NHS/Private Dental Practice for thirty three years, involved in all aspects of the practice - patient management, HR, IT systems, regulatory compliance and full financial control. She worked with a staff of 15 people.

She is a guardian for a severely mentally handicapped deaf/blind adopted brother who is in long term care, provided by a charity.

Alison is married with 3 daughters in their 30s and one granddaughter.

She enjoys family, curling, golf, skiing, sailing and all outdoor pursuits and has been involved with Age Scotland since June 2014 when she joined the Finance and Risk Committee.

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