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SCoD Connect and Capitalise 2017 Workshop 1 Facilitators

Workshop 1 Facilitators

Julie Carr Information to follow

Irene Bruce has spent her entire working life in Government in Scotland which spans over four decades.  She has worked in a variety of policy areas across Government and its Agencies, including the Scottish Prison Service, Students Awards Agency Scotland, Drugs Policy, Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry, Human Resources, Strategy and Ministerial Support, the National Performance Framework and Scotland Performs. Over the last two years Irene has worked in the Health and Social Care Directorate, Care, Support and Rights Division as project manager for contactSCOTLAND, the UK’s first publicly funded online video relay interpreting service for Deaf BSL users, as well as the Scottish Government’s national strategy on sensory impairment ‘See Hear’. The many contributions that Irene has made to public services throughout her career including her work on contactSCOTLAND led to the award of an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2017 for services to the improvement of access to public services.

Clair Henderson Information to follow .


  Julie-Anne Leggate is profoundly deaf and wears a cochlear implant. With almost ten years’ experience as an Employment Adviser for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland; her role is to support deaf and hard of hearing people to ensure that they have a successful transition from school to college/employment and to make sure that they are aware of all the support available. She sees herself as a role model to the clients as she is able to draw on her personal experience of going through mainstream school, college, university and employment.

  Sallie Tomaszewski is the new Team Leader for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s Employment team. Her background is 6 years in Community Learning and Development, with 3 years specifically in the field of Employability and Youth Work. She has the responsibility for the planning and delivery of senior phase transitions work ensuring clients are provided the support needed to get into further education or employment.  Sallie’s experience has been of supporting young people with a variety of additional support needs in a school, secure and community led settings.



   Linda Watson-Thomson (MITI, MCIL) , based in Scotland, is a practising RSLI with over 20 years experience. She is also an interpreter trainer, coach, mentor, assessor and internal verifier who has a keen interest in SLI intrapersonal and psychological development needs. She has worked closely with Signature and the Scottish Qualification Authority and is currently co-delivering interpreter training with psychotherapists throughout Scotland. Linda was the first BSL/English Interpreter to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and has had work published in their journals

 Shaurna Dickson Information to follow

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