Specialist Advisory and Trustee Roles

Dementia Services Trust,  Trustee

Garvald Edinburgh, Non Executive Board Member

Action on Elder Abuse, Scotland, Specialist Advisor 

Lewy Body Dementia Society,Trustee

Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, Edinburgh Napier University, Expert Advisor 


Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) Client Group

As Public Guardian my main client group are people with dementia and learning disability but people with an acquired brain injury, or alcohol related brain damage, were common clients too.   Professionally therefore I am familiar with the needs of people who require additional support with their decision making, or indeed are unable to make decisions for themselves, as well as the assistance required for their carers and wider network of supporters, to ensure the individual is able to maximise their fullest possible  potential. 

I have personal caring experience so appreciate first hand the myriad of pressures that one has to grapple with. More information on my background is below.


Professional Contacts

I have worked with Scottish Government, judges, solicitors, international jurisdictions, charitable  groups, people with lived experience and their carers, adult support network, health and financial sectors; the full range of people involved in the mental capacity arena. 


Other Background

Immediately prior to my role as Public Guardian I was the Director for Marie Curie Centre Edinburgh, responsible for the delivery of the palliative care service, fundraising and volunteering. 

I trained as a nurse, was a sister in Intensive Care, before progressing to a specialist cancer nurse post.  I undertook a public sector management diploma, several NHS management posts followed, during which time, in order to increase my academic achievement, I undertook a law degree and legal training, completing my NHS career as an in house legal advisor to a large university teaching hospital. 

What they say about me

“Her service to the whole subject of adults with incapacity has been outstanding”.

“The current review of the legislation can be traced back to her 2011 paper on graded guardianship”