As a charity with just 7 employees, we rely on the skills, generosity and dedication of our community – from our President, Ambassadors, supporters and directors to staff and volunteers providing direct services.
Our President is former world champion Formula One racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. Our Vice Presidents are Dougray Scott and Audrey Baxter.
Our Board of Directors is responsible for running the charity. The Chair of the Board is David Shaw. Our Directors are Ronnie Davidson, Mary Evans, Andy Laverty, Peter Lederer, Karen McGill, Chris Hughes, Mike Gibson, David Hughes and Irene Lumsden, pictured here with our CEO and Development Team.
We have a group of high profile Ambassadors, notable in various parts of Scottish society, who help Dyslexia Scotland raise awareness of the issues faced by people with dyslexia.
Cameraman and television presenter
Alan Sinclair is a partner at international law firm Addleshaw Goddard, specialising in commercial litigation.
Managing Director of Bellair (Scotland) Ltd.
Chief Executive of the Tiso Group and Award-winning businessman
Founder of Dekko Comics
Director of Fencing Fun and Positive Destination, British Fencing Champion, Mentor, Coach, Modern Jedi
Chartered Design Engineer and Consumer Goods Expert
Author and Head of Community Development for the Scottish Football Association
Head of Physical Preparation for Performance Sport at the University of Edinburgh
Steven Naismith Professional Football Coach
Author and speaker
Our Young Ambassadors help raise awareness to other young people and their learning communities.
Our small staff group runs the charity, led by the Chief Executive Cathy Magee.
The Members’ Representative Council – or ‘the Council’ for short – advises the Board. It’s made up of representatives from local branches, committees, the Adult Network and the Board. The Chair of the Council is Irene Lumsden.
We have a network of local branches across Scotland, all run by volunteers.
We also have volunteers, members and supporters who contribute daily to the impact Dyslexia Scotland makes.
Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia in the Scottish Parliament
The group is made up of MSPs and other partners, including charities, parents, educators and other professionals.
The Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia is a forum whereby those affected by dyslexia and the organisations which represent their interests can share their experience and expertise. It aims to find a platform for discussion with MSPs and to keep them informed of the issues raised.
Members include Dyslexia Scotland staff and many representatives from our local branches and Adult Networks.
To find out more about the Cross-Party Group, visit the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia page
The “Scottish Association for the Study of Dyslexia” was formed in 1968 and in 1978 its name was changed to “Scottish Dyslexia Association”.
The office at Stirling was established late in 1995 and the first member of staff was employed early in 1996.
In 2001 the formal business name “Dyslexia in Scotland” came about to reflect the breadth of activities on behalf of dyslexic people throughout Scotland.
In November 2004 Dyslexia in Scotland merged with the Scottish Dyslexia Trust to create a new organisation Dyslexia Scotland. This new organisation was launched at an event in the then newly built Scottish Parliament building in the presence of Dyslexia Scotland’s President, Sir Jackie Stewart and Scotland’s then First Minister, Jack McConnell.
The legal and educational systems in Scotland have been different from those in England for hundreds of years and thus Dyslexia Scotland has always been an independent Scottish based organisation.
Although Dyslexia Scotland was one of eight organisations involved is setting up the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) in 1972, we are not a branch of the BDA, which does not operate in Scotland.