Chair of the Board
Cathy has worked in nursing and social care for 37 years having completed her nurse training in London where she specialised in acute, community and forensic care.
She worked for 3 years at the Maudsley Hospital in London as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within a multi-disciplinary team on a randomised controlled study that compared community care with hospital admission for people with acute psychiatric conditions.
Cathy was a voluntary member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Barlinnie Prison for 7 years until the monitoring process was re-structured as part of a national review.
Cathy is a qualified counsellor, group therapist and mindfulness teacher and completed her MBA through the Open University.
She moved to Scotland in 1990 where she worked for Lanarkshire Health Board as a Clinical Nurse Manager setting up the first multidisciplinary Community Mental Health Team in the area.
Cathy moved to the voluntary sector in 1993 working with Loretto as Deputy Director and latterly as Managing Director when Loretto became a member of the Wheatley Group in 2014 subsequently taking on strategic responsibility for Barony Housing when it too joined the Wheatley Group.
Within this time Loretto played a pivotal role in moving the focus of care and support from institutional to community care settings.
It provided personalised and inclusive services through its 600 + staff to people with support needs relating to mental health; learning disability; alcohol related brain damage and addictions and was the principal Organisation involved in the closure of the 140 bedded homeless hostel, the Great Eastern Hotel, in Glasgow.
She has a passion for enriching and valuing vulnerable people’s lives and treating people with dignity and respect, wanting them to achieve their highest potential and lead deep, inclusive and fulfilling lives free from discrimination.
She retired from Loretto in March 2020 and continues to work in the charity sector as a Trustee and for ACOSVO as a mentor.