Lanarkshire Carers is managed by a board of directors who are responsible for the govenance of the organisation. Our board of directors come from different backgrounds, bringing a range of skills and experiences that is of significant benefit to our organisation. The board is also supported by a number of advisors from external agencies.
Samar Sheikh (Chairperson)
Samar Sheikh joined Lanarkshire Carers as a multi-lingual care talk volunteer in 2008, became a board member in 2009 and took on the role of chairperson in November 2011. Samar, an Open University psychology graduate, was born in Pakistan in the latter end of 1959. She grew up in England and finally settled in Scotland some 28 years ago.
As chair of the organisation, Samar is responsible for the development and effective delivery of the strategy agreed by the Board of directors to help ensure the organisation is managed effectively. She also provides support and supervision to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and represents the organisation as its figurehead.
Bill Craig (Vice-Chair)
Bill joined the Board of Directors in August 2015. He is a retired Chartered Electrical Engineer and has been in a caring role since 2012. Bill engages with Lanarkshire Carers on a regular basis for ongoing support. He is also a member of the Carluke Bowling Club, a former Gents President and is currently the Club Secretary.
Brian Fitzgerald (Treasurer)
Brian is a Chartered Certified Accountant with a 25 year background in accounting in industry and in practice. Brian was appointed in 2003 following agreement with funding partners that Centre’s infrastructure would be strengthened and secured by professional financial management. This proposal was adopted at AGM.
Liz Beattie (Director)
Liz is a retired Counselling Co-ordinator (Nursing) and has been in nursing since 1969. Liz’ career took her into different fields of nursing including general nursing, midwifery, district nursing specialising in terminal care, health visiting and latterly specialising in blood borne viruses.
Arlene MacNeill (Director)
Arlene worked in Local Authority supported accommodation and, in a voluntary capacity, was active within her local community council.
Kevin McGoldrick (Director)
Kevin was Business Administrator for a local private company and has a varied range of skills. He is the Secretary for South Lanarkshire Self Directed Support Network. Kevin has twin daughters, one of which has Spina Bifida. Kevin has mobility problems due to a long standing and severe arthritic condition. When his condition allows, Kevin actively shares the caring role with his wife. There are occasions, however, when his wife has a dual caring role. Kevin brings a knowledge and understanding of disability and its impact to the Board.
Phil Hughes (Director)
Phil is the Board’s advisor on all aspects of employment law. Before retiring Phil worked with a large corporate organisation and dealt with the welfare and advocacy needs of employees. Phil has been a carer to two members of his family.
Linda Craig (Director)
Linda joined the Board of Directors in June 2019. Linda was a Carer Support Worker with Lanarkshire Carers from September 2017 till December 2018 when she retired after 16 years of supporting Carers in South Lanarkshire.
Linda also has had a caring role for members of her family for many years.
Gordon Lennox (Director)
Bio to follow.