About Us

Suzanne Swinton - Executive Director

 

Suzanne SwintonI have a long history in independent advocacy, cutting my teeth in Dunfermline Advocacy from 1994 to 2002.  I then moved to Angus in 2002 and joined AIA as a citizen advocate.  I did some ad-hoc work for AIA from 2004 and was successful in gaining employment as an independent advocacy worker in 2005.  I left my paid position as advocacy worker in 2010 and continued with my citizen advocacy partnership.  I was appointed as manager in 2011, and it has been a real honour to be part of the team to develop independent advocacy further in Angus.  Personally, I love spending time with family and friends, and strongly believe in an inclusive local community, so we are always busy living life!!

Ian Scott - Mental Health Advocacy Worker

IanThe grandfather of the office and erstwhile Classics teacher, I came to advocacy through volunteering and am still at it because I like the people I meet, and I passionately believe in the value of advocacy and find it challenging and rewarding.  When not working, my main interests are my family, reading (especially Italian, old and new), film and opera (especially Italian), travelling (especially where there are Classical ruins and good wine), chairing Angus Talking Newspapers, and playing about with woodwork machines.  I used to keep fit, mainly by jogging and cycling, and occasionally I think about resuming these activities!

Heather MacMaster - Senior Citizen Advocacy Development Worker

HeatherI have been involved with advocacy since my teenage years - my first taste was working in a peer advocacy role to ensure that children and young people had a say in NHS decision making.  After completing my Undergraduate Degree in Politics I worked in different supporting roles to enable young people and adults to lead independent lives.

I joined AIA in 2012, working on the long-term BIG Lottery project.  I feel strongly that everyone has the right to enjoy ordinary friendships and participate in community life, so it is really rewarding to be part of the citizen advocacy journey for those partnerships I support.  I truly believe in the value of citizen advocacy, and have both been on the board of a citizen advocacy charity and enjoyed the experience of being a Citizen Advocate myself.

When I am not working or studying, I enjoy going for walks with my dog and spending time with my family.  I also love to cook and bake but keeping fit is also important to me, so I regularly attend yoga and body combat classes in an attempt to create some balance! 

Robin Ross - Volunteer & Board Member

Robin Ross2I trained as a psychiatric nurse many years ago although in my life I have had my own challenges.  I am now a volunteer advocate and also a serving member on the Board of Directors.

I enjoy being social and mixing with others, and my hobbies include oil and acrylic painting, collage, theatre, music and, of course, reading.


A number of years ago I needed the help of AIA, and the organisation helped me.  I learned so much along the way, that I find myself in a position to pass on some of the stuff I learned.  My first partnership turned into a long-term one, and the relationship helped me realise how much I can give to others; I feel valued.  Recently I also started to do issue-based advocacy too; both have their own challenges.

I have a strong sense that each person has a right to be enabled to ask for help, as this is often the only way to access the varied types of help that can be available if and when you require them.  People are different, and along the way advocates pick up a lot of useful skills and information.  For me, this is particularly useful and plays a part in other voluntary work that I do.

Emma Crouch - Convenor of Board

Emma CrouchI joined AIA in 2012 initially as a Director, then Vice Convenor, becoming Convenor in 2014.  I am passionate about advocacy and believe that everyone should have access to the same choices and opportunities throughout their life.  Advocacy can ensure this happens and empowers people, enabling those most vulnerable in society to have their voice heard. The work that Angus Independent Advocacy does is so important to the people of Angus, and what drew me to work with the organisation. 

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and going to the gym.  I am also studying for a Masters part-time.  I am looking forward to continuing to work with AIA for many years to come!

Christine Landsburgh - Citizen Advocacy Development Worker

C LandsburghI joined the team at AIA in March 2016, after having worked in Dyce, Aberdeen, as a Training Co-ordinator in the Oil and Gas industry for nearly 2 years.  In addition to a variety of administrative posts held over the years, I also taught ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) for more than a decade. I am co-founder and Chair of Dundee Khawateen Group, set up for Asian women in Dundee as, having spent my childhood in India, I am able to speak Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.  I am also a Guide/Communicator for DeafBlind Scotland, in Dundee.

Life at home is dominated by my 2 sons, who are both about to fly the nest, as one completes his Postgraduate degree at University of Dundee, and the other heads to University of Glasgow this September, to begin an Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.  Interests and hobbies outside work also tend to be ‘people centred’, as I sing in a choir, volunteer at a soup kitchen and love cooking and baking for friends and family.

Jackie Frame - Citizen Advocacy Development Worker

Jackie FrameHi, my name is Jackie Frame and I am the Issue Based Citizen Advocacy Development Worker.  Before joining AIA I worked for many, many years in the Civil Service since leaving school, until I decided to return to education.  It was whilst I was studying Social Sciences that I joined AIA as a volunteer advocate in 2011, was then offered sessional work, and in 2013 I was fortunate enough to be appointed this new post which I am thoroughly enjoying.

Although challenging at times, I am witnessing first hand the benefits and rewards that issue-based advocacy can bring to both Advocate and Partner, and I am grateful to the local people who are willing to give up some of their time in order to help others.  Having always worked with people with health conditions, I feel very lucky to now be doing a job which allows me the opportunity to make a difference in peoples' lives.


William (Bill) Reid - Board Member

BReidIn 2014 I retired after ten years as the Methodist Church’s Liaison Officer in Scotland, preceded by 22 years as a Communications Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force.  Looking for new challenges, I was approached by Angus Independent Advocacy to become a Citizen Advocate.  The principle and values of the organisation to help others to have a voice and to take their full place in our community appealed to me.  I believe everyone should be able to exercise their gifts, rights and responsibility within society.  Working with the partner chosen for me by AIA and other folks faced with a range of challenging situations has taught me to focus on the abilities and gifts we all have to share rather than any disability that may serve to impede and hold us back.

I am a committed Christian, and much of my time as a volunteer is spent working with cross denominational church groups and folks of other and no particular faith.  My other passions are mainly singing (with the Arbroath Male Voice Choir), Rotary and all sport  (including active participation in golf, bowls and cycling around Angus’s varied terrain as well as supporting Forfar Athletic Football Club and Dundee Stars Ice Hockey Team).

Derek Stewart - Board Member

Derek StewartMy first contact with Angus Independent Advocacy was when I moved out of the family house to shelter housing to help me live more independently.  I was partnered with a Citizen Advocate early in 2014 and since then my confidence has grown and ability to communication improved.  In 2015, as a consequence of providing several comments and ideas on how Angus Independent Advocacy might better support folks in situations similar to my own, I was invited by AIA to become a member of their Board with a specific initial focus of helping develop their new website.  I hope to continue to offer fresh insights to the services provided by AIA from the perspective of a Partner.

My interests include cinema, computers, art and music.  I am a Formula 1 fan and, while my mobility issues make it a challenge, I have recently enjoyed attending Grand Prixs in both Barcelona and Singapore, as well as other holidays and opportunities to build on my already full social life.

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Angus Independent Advocacy

60 High Street, Arbroath

Angus  DD11 1AW

 

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