Our Board

Our Board of Trustees

Dave Bleasdale (Chairman):  Dave has recently retired after 18 years as Operations Manager for Turning Point Scotland in Dumfries & Galloway.  He brings a wealth of experience in the local charitable and voluntary sector with a key focus on people with disabilities including ASD.  Dave is also vice-chair of the D & G Autism Strategy Group and was instrumental in the development of the local action plan.

Andy Margerison:  Andy is a former Headteacher of a primary school for children with ASD in the Highlands, Depute Head and Principal Teacher for Additional Needs at Kirkcudbright Academy and currently Autism Initiative Project Officer for Dumfries & Galloway Council.  Andy has 30 years’ experience in supporting children and young people with additional needs and an in-depth knowledge of the provision in Dumfries & Galloway.

Stewart Biggar:  Stewart was previously Principal Educational Psychologist for DGC and inaugural Chair of D&G Autism Strategy Group which drew up the local strategy and action plan ‘Better Lives for People with Autism’ in 2012.  “I am proud to be involved with Better Lives Partnership, working to support young people with autism”.

Mary Hannay: Mary trained as a Primary School Teacher and after having her own children returned to work as an Additional Support for Learning Teacher.  She has worked within the Supporting Learners Team within D&G Council Education Department for many years, ending her career as Education Officer (A.S.L).  ” I have always had an interest in young people’s learning whether it be academic or vocational and the Better Lives Project takes young people into adulthood with a view to maximising their potential”.

Caroline Robertson: Caroline owns and manages Robertson Gemini Ltd, in Castle Douglas. Having started her career as a qualified nanny, Caroline has worked and volunteered with young people throughout her life and has a keen interest in developing the employability skills of those with autism.  She has employed an autistic person in her own business so brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a employers perspective.  “Together with BLP I have gained a lot of experience and know-how when it comes to employment of someone with autism and also providing work experience for others.  I believe my experience in the working environment will be an asset to the Board of BLP”.