Elected Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney (1992), and Primus of Scottish Episcopal Church (2000). After retirement in 2006 was Resident Scholar for one year at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia in the USA. In 2008 he and his wife, Elaine, were Interim Wardens at the ecumenical conference centre - Scottish Churches House. Currently Associate Convenor of Scottish Churches Housing Action; he and Elaine live in Perth and enjoy gardening, reading, theatre and music.
Harriet is overseeing Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh, where she has developed and oversees a large Multifaith and Humanist Chaplaincy team. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Divinity School in Edinburgh, and has taught theology also at the universities of Exeter and Oxford. She specialises in philosophical-theology, and in areas that include care, the virtues, prayer, and ‘the art of dying’.
Jo trained as a nurse with the majority of her career being in specialist palliative care. She has a passion for empowering the generalist - establishing two hospital-based palliative care teams (London and Edinburgh), and, a Care Home Project Team at St Christopher’s Hospice, London serving over 100 care homes. In August 2014, she returned to the University of Edinburgh and is hoping to establish a teaching/research-based care home in collaboration with health/social care.
Rev Chris Levison is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland. He has worked in parishes in Leith, Lanarkshire and Paisley. He was for five years a chaplain at the University of Aberdeen. In 1998 he was appointed chaplain at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. Seconded by the Scottish Executive Health Department as Healthcare Chaplaincy Training and Development Officer he was appointed Spiritual Care Co-ordinator in NHS Scotland, within NHS Education for Scotland.
He worked with each health board in the formulation and implementation of Spiritual Care Policies, which recognise the multicultural nature of modern Scotland, and the spiritual needs of patients, their carers and healthcare staff who may or may not be part of a faith or belief community. He worked with healthcare chaplains concerning their training and educational needs.
Mary is professor emeritus at the University of Stirling where she was director of the Dementia Services Development Centre until 2005. She employed our founder, Malcolm, as a researcher and obtained a JRF grant for him to research and then write his important book "Hearing the voice of people with dementia". She is now retired but continues to write and lecture on dementia care especially on design and ethics.
Anne has been a deacon in the Church of Scotland for the past 41 years. Between 1986 and 2013, Anne was Chaplain at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Her work involved offering pastoral and spiritual care in its widest sense to people of all faith and of none, including patients, relatives and staff. Anne continues on a voluntary basis as an Independent Assessor for the Human Tissue Authority. As a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Anne continues to be involved in pastoral care in her own parish.
Educated at The Salvation Army’s International Training College in London and St Mary’s College, St Andrews, Bob has over 40 years experience of voluntary sector management. He has been a director/Trustee of numerous Voluntary Sector groups and instrumental in the development of local Stroke Club, Dyslexic group, citywide support for carers, registered day care service for people with dementia and a range of other activities. Bob is currently CEO at the Eric Liddell Centre in Edinburgh where he has been privileged to lead part of its transformation from church hall based activities to the professional, charitable, enterprising agency that now exists. Bob is committed to a fairer society in which the infinite value of each individual is valued and where community transformation and development comes about through the transformation of individual lives.
Specialties: Developing holistic programmes/services that enhance and enrich the quality of peoples' lives
Sister Isabel Smyth taught for over twenty years in the religious education department of St Andrew's College of Education, which prepared teachers for the catholic school system in Scotland.
Isabel has had a long experience in interfaith work since her time with the Glasgow Sharing of Faiths which was the first interfaith group in the country. She worked with the Inter Faith Network for the UK to investigate the possibility of a Scottish Network and became the secretary to the Scottish Inter Faith Consultative Group and then founding secretary, Director and CEO of the Scottish Inter Faith Council.
She has served on a variety of inter faith and religious education bodies including the Churches Agency for Inter Faith Relations in Scotland, the UK Churches Commission for Inter Faith Relations and the Religious Education Movement in Scotland. She has been an honorary lecturer in the Centre for Inter Faith Studies at Glasgow University, having co-taught the Master’s Degree in Inter Faith Relations for the ten years of its existence.
At present she is secretary to the Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious Dialogue, an Honorary Fellow of Interfaith Scotland and an executive member of the West of Scotland Council of Christians and Jews. In 2007 Isabel was awarded an OBE for her work in inter faith relations.
Dianna was the Head teacher of Calderwood Lodge Jewish Primary School in Glasgow for 22 years, before retiring in 1998.
She was Convenor of the Scottish Inter Faith Council (now known as Interfaith Scotland) from 2004 to 2007. In this role she addressed the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Interfaith in 2007. She has been a member of the West of Scotland Council of Christians and Jews since its inception. Dianna was also involved in Glasgow South Hospitals Multicultural Committee for a number of years and in activities for the Jewish Community in Glasgow. She was President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council from 1998 to 2001.
Dianna has been a trustee and a volunteer at the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre for over ten years and continues to be an active member of this organisation.
Professor John Swinton
"The challenge for older people is to make sense of life at a stage when loss and change occur more frequently and perhaps more painfully."
Malcolm Goldsmith, founder of Faith in Older People