Heather has been Chief Executive of Cosgrove Care since September 2016. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist with experience of working in Health, Local Government and the Third Sector at a senior level.
Heather has previously been Chief Executive of Who Cares? Scotland, a national organisation working with looked after children, Country Director for Scotland for the Princes Trust and Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales for the National Deaf Children’s Society.
She has a special interest in Human Rights and has contributed extensively to the development of health and social care policy and practice on a local and national level throughout her career. Heather has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues in her range of roles. She believes passionately in keeping people at the centre of what we do, in developing new and innovative service models and in seeking positive solutions for the challenges social care faces.
Heather has lead the modernisation of Cosgrove, extending the range and location of our services and refreshing our strategic vision. She has a central role in supporting and diversifying income, driving improvements in practice and ensuring participation of those we work with is at the centre of our practice.
Heather lives in Lochwinnoch with her family and enjoys walking, travelling and making balloon animals!
Deputy Chief Executive – Pauline Boyce
Qualifications: M.A M.Phil (psych)
Length of experience: 22 years senior management experience within the voluntary and statutory sector.
Positions held: Head of Operations (Cosgrove), MCN manager NDCS Scotland, Head of Operations, Scottish Health Council, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Depute Chief Executive, Who Cares? Scotland Depute Director, Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care at the University of Strathclyde
Professional/Special Interests: My heart has been with Children’s services throughout my career, and much of my focus has been on improving social care services, as well as developing involvement forums, for service users and staff.
Specific area of focus/interest within Cosgrove: Driving organisational development, visibility and efficiency, implementation and development of effective systems.
One fun fact – I’m a champion dancer!
Head of Quality and Participation – Mairi Monaghan
Qualifications: SVQ in Health and Social Care and Honours Degree in English and Politics.
Length of experience: 22 years’ experience
Positions held Last 3 posts: Support Worker with Key, then Team Leader, moving into an Assistant Development Manager role after that.
Professional / special interests: I love music and going to see bands live as well as walking and reading.
Specific area of focus/interest within Cosgrove: Managing Cosgrove’s Supported Living service; enabling the people we support to live fulfilling lives. I have an interest in building confidence and capacity within our support worker teams.
One fun fact: I was the first female member of my school’s Former Pupil Association – previously the school was an all-boys school which amalgamated with our all-girls school!
Service Manager, Child & Adult Outreach and Supported Employment – Elizabeth Grant
Qualifications: BA in Community Education and SVQ in Management.
Length of experience: 27 years’ experience
Positions held Last 3 posts: Sessional and support worker before going travelling and then in 2000 Manager of Child Services and from 2016 manager in adult services/supported employment whilst overseeing the running of the retail aspect.(no longer-Pauline now) Transition added in 2017.
Professional / special interests: Singing in Choirs and played piano to Grade 5 level. Love live gigs and baking.
Specific area of focus/interest within Cosgrove: Interested in staff development and autism work.
One fun fact: Recently did 60 miles cycle with minimal training and get up a lot of Sundays at 7am to cycle up the Mearns Road!
Service Manager - Gwen Russell
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Director of Finance and Corporate Services - David Pryde
After more than thirty years of working with various companies; from learning my trade as an auditor with a Chartered Accountants practice in Glasgow, to eventually working as the CFO for the government of Ras al Khaimah (RAKEZ) in the United Arab Emirates, I have come full circle and returned to sunny Scotland.
I always had a passion for travel, spending time in Belgium and Hungary with a previous employer and so when the opportunity arose to move to Dubai in 2001 I grabbed it. Who could resist sun, sea and lots of sand!
During my time with SSAT (a UK education Trust operating in the Middle East), I identified with the need to balance both the requirements of running a successful organisation whilst still contributing to the local community. This commitment moved with me to RAKEZ where our Corporate & Social Responsibility efforts supported feeding programs, community recreation facilities and shoe box campaigns for migrant workers.
After reaching the pinnacle of my career, my motivation now is to use my skills to help support charitable organisations to grow and flourish and to have the satisfaction of working with and training the next generation. Being ‘hands on’ and involved on a day to day basis is important to me.
Living in the Middle East certainly focussed my attention on the needs of others and individual responsibility in helping people to reach their potential. Along with my wife we also rescued animals, something that I had never previously considered, and brought our cat Vesper back with us.
My return to the UK was driven by the desire to spend more time with my elderly parents and especially my father who had a heart attack. Also my wife’s mother is elderly and blind and so we wanted to be here to offer support. In addition re-connecting with my wider circle of family and friends and involving myself in the Strathaven community, especially during the Covid lock-down period delivering food and checking on neighbours has been very rewarding.
As I mentioned above, I love to travel (plane, boat, train!) and along the way I enjoy eating and drinking local cuisine. To relax I read spy novels, play Scrabble (badly) and tennis – weather permitting!