Who are we at Dyslexia Scotland?
As a charity, we rely on the skills, generosity and dedication of our people – 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 Audrey Baxter and Dougray Scott.
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, Mike Gibson and Irene Lumsden.
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. We also have a group of Young Ambassadors who 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 voice of Dyslexia Scotland.
A word from Sir Jackie
“I am extremely proud to be President of Dyslexia Scotland. We have worked for many years on the task of making Scotland a better place to live in, creating more opportunities for people with dyslexia than they might ever have enjoyed.
As a dyslexic who was not diagnosed at any time through my period of education, I feel very strongly that we have to significantly change the way that people with learning difficulties – young people in particular – are supported. This is especially true in respect to the early recognition of dyslexia and other specific learning requirements.
We still have a long road to cover, but I am confident Dyslexia Scotland will be a major player in ensuring that no one goes through these educational dramas as I did.
Of course we don’t just help young people; there are many people of mature years who up until recently could not have known the problems they endured were the result of learning disabilities.
I sincerely hope that Scotland will lead the world in dealing with these matters for people of all ages, more profoundly than ever before.”