2020 Plenary Speakers 

  • Brian Slater, Head of Integration Performance, Scottish Government
  • Dr Vikki McCall, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy (Housing), University of Stirling
  • Dr Rachael Dockings, Programme Manager – Transformation, Edinburgh HSCP
  • Ann Murray, Telecare Lead Technology Enabled Care Programme (Scottish Government)
  • Norman Kerr OBE, Director, Energy Action Scotland
  • Launch of the Dementia Enablement Project report, which evaluates the work of Care and Repair services in four regions of Scotland.


  • Older Veterans Awareness: Doug Anthoney, Team Leader, Age Scotland Veterans’ Project
  • Working with Contractors: Stuart McKandie, Care and Repair Coordinator, Caledonia Housing Association
  • Housing and Dementia: a practice framework for Scotland’s housing sector: Ashley Campbell, Policy and Practice Manager, Institute of Housing

Session Descriptions:

Housing and Dementia: a practice framework for Scotland’s housing sector – 90,000 people in Scotland are living with dementia and this number is expected to increase significantly as our population continues to age. In this session you will hear about the role of the housing sector in supporting people with dementia and the new Housing and Dementia Framework developed by CIH Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub and Alzheimer Scotland.

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Vikki McCall is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing and Deputy Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling. Her work has included extensive research on housing and ageing, focusing on the role of front-line workers, service users, volunteers and the policy process. 

Dr McCallis principal investigator in several projects aiming to bridge the gap between policy and practice in housing, health and social care, including this national programme that has been working on strategies for housing and ageing for 2030.

Dr McCall is Board Director for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Committee member for Parkhead Housing Association, member of the Social Policy Association Executive Committee and Editorial Board member of Social Policy & Society.

Dr Rachael Docking is Programme Manager at the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. In her work at the EHSCP Rachael leads on two programmes in the newly formed Transformation team, supporting the development and implementation of the EHSCP’s change and transformation programme, through managing, developing and implementing a strategic and operational cultural change programme. Rachael was previously Senior Programme Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation working to help everybody enjoy a good later life, leading on their programme on ‘Safe and Accessible Homes’

Ashley Campbell joined the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2014 and now manages the Policy and Practice Team in Scotland. The team works to support CIH members by producing briefings and updates on key topics, leading on research and influencing the Government agenda. Before joining the team at CIH, Ashley worked in a variety of roles for a local authority including front line customer service in a local housing office, housing policy and strategy work.  

Brian Slater

Brian joined the Scottish Government in 2001 having previously enjoyed a career as a manager in the entertainment business.  He has since worked across a range of health and community care issues of which delayed discharge has remained a constant.  He currently heads up the team dealing with all aspects of integration performance.

Born and brought up in London, Brian has embraced Scottish citizenship, having spent his working life north of the border.  A lifelong Arsenal supporter, Brian follows his team across England and Europe. 

Norman Kerr OBE

Norman joined Energy Action Scotland in 1996, becoming Director in April 2005.  Prior to this he worked with Heatwise Glasgow for 12 years where he was responsible for delivering the organisation’s energy efficiency programmes.

Norman is Deputy Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Partnership Forum having previously been Deputy Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum and a member of the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group. 

He is a member of the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Commission, a trustee of the Aberdeen Combined Heat and Power Company, a member of the NEA Executive Board and is an independent fuel poverty advisor to SSE.

Norman was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for services to the Children’s Hearing System in Scotland and for voluntary and charitable work in Glasgow. Norman served 32 years in the Children’s Hearing system as a volunteer holding a number of posts at local and national levels before stepping down in June 2016.

Andrena Coburn

Andrena joined the Life Changes Trust in 2015 after 8 years in the public sector. As Evidence and Influencing Co-ordinator she supports funded projects with self and external evaluation and is responsible for commissioning evaluations of the Trusts projects and programmes. She is experienced in funding management, partnership working and project development and management. Andrena has a particular interest in the housing needs of people with dementia. A self-confessed bird nerd, Andrena loves to spend time with seabirds on remote Scottish islands.   

Karen Milne

Karen joined Castlehill in October 1999 originally as Project Officer within Aberdeen Care and Repair leading a project relating to Affordable Warmth for older people in owner-occupied properties..  In her previous employment she was a NHER Surveyor with the local authority providing energy ratings  for their social housing stock.  This included delivering the Housing Improvement Programme for LA properties .  Prior to this she worked in customer focused services within both private and public sector organisations gaining a wealth of experience in frontline services, whilst studying Health and Social Care through Open University.  Karen took over the role of Care and Repair Manager in 2003 developing the service to meet the needs of older and disabled people within Aberdeen City.