Meet the team

Inclusion Scotland’s knowledgeable and passionate employees are listed below.

 

Chief Executive Office

Chief Executive : Moira Tasker

Background

I joined Inclusion Scotland on 28 June 2021, following an inspirational maternity cover role as Managing Director of Euan’s Guide. With over twenty years’ experience of charity leadership and influencing policy in Scotland – from poverty, housing, planning and transport to human rights, civic participation, and community engagement – I am driven by a passion to create a society where everyone has equal access to the opportunities they want to pursue in life. I have worked across sectors and previous roles include CEO of Citizens Advice Edinburgh and being the first woman (and the youngest) Director of the Cockburn Association. I have worked for and with a wide range of organisations including Living Streets UK, Sustrans, SCVO, CoMoUk, the Scottish Government and government agencies. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. I am a disabled person and was a primary then secondary carer to my late parents.

What I do: I am responsible for the success of Inclusion Scotland. Empowering our staff, Board, members and partners to work collegiately to achieve the change needed to ensure disabled people are fully included throughout society as equal citizens. It is 2021 people!

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? Our staff and our members. They go above and beyond every day to tackle the huge – and rapidly increasing – barriers many disabled people face. Their dedication, skills, knowledge and experience is incredible. 

 

Policy and Research Team

Head of Policy and Research : Heather Fisken

Background

From a Civil Service background I joined the Disability Rights Commission from its first day till the last where I worked on built environment, education and Public Sector Equality Duty.  Following an interesting foray into an engineering company, I became project manager for the Independent Living in Scotland project at the Equality Human Rights Commission and then Inclusion Scotland, spreading the word about disabled people’s human rights to independent living and geeing on policy and decision makers to get things right. I’ve been on a number of Boards for third sector organisations and was a member of Mobility Access Committee Scotland (MACS).  

What I do: I’ll be trying to get too much done (a common trait in Inclusion Scotland). I work to open up and follow up opportunities to get changes made to policies and practises, and work with our membership to find out what their priorities are and how we can support them to influence and be part of these changes.  I want decision and policy makers to really listen to, understand and address disabled people’s lived experience – it’s the most powerful tool we have. 

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? Meeting our members.  Also, the camaraderie amongst our teams – we could not do this without each other. I absolutely love it when the lightbulb switches on above the head of someone with power to make change happen. 

Policy and Research Officer: Rebecca Mcgregor

Policy Manager : Susie Fitton

Senior Policy Adviser: Bill Scott

Background

I’ve been at Inclusion for over 14 years with a steadily downward career path having previously been Acting CEO, then Deputy CEO and Head of Policy! Before Inclusion I worked in a variety of roles: as a Senior Researcher in the Scottish Parliament; as Deputy Manager of Pilton Community Health Project; as Director of Lothian Anti-Poverty Alliance; as a Racial Equality Officer; as Development Worker for Edinburgh Employment Rights Campaign and as a Rights Worker at Citizens Rights Office. I serve on a number of Scottish Government advisory groups (e.g. Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group). As well as my work at Inclusion Scotland I also serve as Chair of the Poverty & Inequality Commission for Scotland. Before joining the Third Sector, I worked in the Department of Employment and am a graduate of Stirling University.

What I do:I try to influence the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government to make sure that they take on board the views, needs and rights of disabled people. I try to build alliances to bring about change because I believe that strengthens our voice.

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? The team of people I work with who are all committed to making a difference.

 

Leadership and Civic Participation Team

Head of Leadership and Civic Participation : Pauline Nolan

Background

I joined the team at Inclusion Scotland in 2011 as Policy and engagement officer after completing a PhD from Edinburgh university on farm workers’ human rights in post-Apartheid South Africa, and then volunteering for Amnesty Scotland leading work on their Scottish Gypsy Traveller discrimination project.  

What I do: I am a member of Inclusion Scotland’s Senior Management Team and lead the work of the Leadership and Civic Participation department , which is made up of the People Led Policy (social care support) project; our Civic Participation projects (Access to Elected Office, Politics and public life); and Inclusion Scotland’s communications, membership and engagement work.  

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? I most enjoy our work engaging with disabled people through co-production and ensuring their equal access to decision making. I also love working with all my passionate colleagues, who each strive every day to deliver Inclusion Scotland’s mission – and they are lots of fun to work with too!  

People Led Policy Officer- Kirsten Maclean

Background

I joined Inclusion Scotland in November 2020. I come from a background in mental health collective advocacy, participatory and activist led research, and community education.

What I do: I work with the People-Led Policy Panel who are a brilliant group of people with experience of using social care support either as a deaf or disabled person or unpaid carer/supporter.  The Panel have been working with the Scottish Government and others to make the social care support system better. My role is to support the Panel and ensure we have a strong voice in shaping social care support policy.

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? I love People-Led Policy Panel meetings, the energy and power that is created when people with lived experience come together to create change or “speak truth to power”.  I also really enjoy learning from the excellent work of other DPO’s and working with my dedicated and passionate colleagues here at Inclusion Scotland.

 

Access To work Project Manager- Ethan Young

Civic Participation Officer- Vacant

Leadership and People Led Policy Worker- April O’Neil

 

 

Operations Team

Head of Operations- Raj Jeyaraj

Finance Worker- Samantha Masuku

Partnership and Events Secretary – Janice Sheridan

Background

I have worked with Inclusion Scotland for 8 years covering various roles and tasks; finance, administration, business operations, events coordinator, membership development, Board support, Human Resources, PA to CEO.

I am currently the Membership and Events Secretary within the Operations Team.

I am a befriender with Deaf Action’s online befriending project and a respite foster carer with my local authority.

What I do:

  • Facilitate meaningful communication and promotion of our membership.
  • Maintain, update and develop membership databases, ensuring compliance with data protection legislation.
  • Administer paperwork to the Board to ensure we meet our constitutional obligations.
  • Coordinate and support the development of the resources required for successful delivery of Inclusion Scotland’s engagement events with members and other stakeholders.
  • Support the planning and delivery of our Annual General Meeting and Conference.

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? The dedication of the Board and staff in their work to make Scotland an equal society and inclusive for disabled people.

Staff Support Officer : Carrie Morse

Background

Originally from Lancashire, I moved to Brighton when I was 22 and soon after enjoyed a wonderful career with Brighton Council. Starting as a support worker in learning disability services, I progressed to managing these services then moved over to Families, Children and Learning where I managed the Local Authority’s statutory responsibilities for pupils with additional support needs. Here I supported staff with a diverse range of impairments, ensuring adjustments were in place and that the member of staff was placed at the heart of any discussions. I visited Edinburgh for many years and planned to retire here but then thought life’s too short to wait so followed my dream and moved here in 2019. 

What I do: I started here in 2019, in a newly created role, due to the expansion of Inclusion Scotland. I am part of the Operations department but have a cross-organisational function. I develop and support the organisation and staff in human resource matters and with organisational systems.  

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? Valued colleagues who are all very supportive, enthusiastic, and motivated.  

 

Employment Team

Lois Ratcliffe : Internship and Employerability Manager 

Background

I come to Inclusion Scotland with over 20 years experience in facilitation, training and development, policy and strategic leadership in the public, private and third sectors. With international experience as an expert with the Pan European ME:WE project (Abbreviation for Psychosocial support for promoting MEntal health and WEllbeing among adolescent young carers in Europe https://me-we.eu/ ) in 2018 and the British Council Young Leaders exchange with China in 2009.

What I do: I can mostly be found networking and developing new training and development opportunities and partnerships. I am passionate about partnerships and believe they play a key role in finding solutions to many of the common issues present in society.

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland is the sense of team in our organisation and that partnership work between our DPO member organisations and our third and private sector allies.

Employment Officer- Naomi Waite

Employment Officer- Alex Wilson

Background

My work experience to-date can best be described as eclectic. With a background in Human Resource Management, I lived and worked in London for 10 years initially as Human Resource Manager with Royal Mail and then as a Search Consultant with a recruitment advertising agency . Moving back to Edinburgh, I set up and grew my own HR Consultancy with offices in Edinburgh and London. With a young family, I became tired of travelling to London on a weekly basis, sold my business and went off on a tangent to conceive, build and open a soft play centre for kids in Scottish Borders. I lost my business during financial crash in 2010. I worked in various roles since the loss of my business, as a Carer – most challenging yet rewarding role ever – and worked 12 hour shifts in a tattie factory ! Then Inclusion Scotland took a punt on me.

What I do: My role affords me the opportunity to work with employers across all sectors in Scotland, advising and supporting organisations on how to become more accessible and inclusive, removing the fear of getting it wrong. Operational I support the delivery of our Internship programme We Can Work and strategically, network and develop the reach of Inclusion Scotland and the work we do.

What I most enjoy about working at Inclusion Scotland? I could say my colleagues, the organisation and the great team I work in and while that is true, my reason for being is the real difference we can and do make to wider Scottish Society, working to ensure its open, inclusive and accessible to all.

Employment Support Worker- Philip Heritage-Vivers