SOPA Planning Group

The SOPA Planning Group comprise, in the main, volunteers from Scottish organisations and associations. They have been selected by them to serve as representatives. They give their time generously, and carry forward the work of the annual Assembly. 

Diana Findley was elected as Chairperson at SOPA’s AGM on 26 July 2018.  

Born and educated in Angus Diana attended Business College after school  During her working life she was a Personal Assistant at director level in three different international companies in England.  She also worked in hotel management, and latterly worked with her husband in their own business. On retirement, Diana became involved with Better Government for Older People and was the Chairperson of its Scottish section, the Scottish Older People's Advisory Group. She has served on Age Scotland Board and is currently their Regional Ambassador for the Borders as well as a Trustee of SOPA.  Locally, she is chairperson of Borders Older People's Forum, is on the Borders Board of the Social Enterprise Chamber and attends various other groups relating to older people and their concerns.

"I believe it is most important to strengthen the voices of our older people and make these known and understood by those who have the power to make changes and improve lives."  



Action on Elder Abuse: Brian Rapley

Age Scotland: Diana Findley (SOPA Chair)

Alzheimer Scotland: Archie Noone (Scottish Dementia Working Group)

Borders Older People's Forum: Diana Findley (SOPA Chair)

City for All Ages Advisory Group:  Betty Milton 

Clackmannanshire Older Peoples Forum: Graham Reece

Dumfries & Galloway Seniors Forum: John White

Edinburgh Association of Community Councils: Patricia Eason

Faith in Older People: Maureen O'Neill

Food Train: Michelle Carruthers

Generations Working Together: Alison Clyde

GMB Union (Retired Members):  awaiting new member

Highland Senior Citizens Network: Jo Cowan

Human Development Scotland: Christine Wilson

Interfaith Association: Bashir A Malik

Learning in Later Life Students' Association, University of Strathclyde: Carl Bow

LGBT Age: John Thomson

National Federation of Occupational Pensioners: Alan Spinks

Local Older People's Champions: Jimmy Miller (North Ayrshire Council)

Pilmeny Development Project, Edinburgh. Anne Munro

Renfrewshire Seniors Forum: William McDonald

Retired Police Officers Association Scotland Matt Hamilton

RNIB: Sandra Wilson

Scottish Council on Deafness: (Awaiting new member)

Stirling Public Partnership Forum: Eileen Wallace

Trust Housing Association (Equality Scotland): Rohini Sharma Joshi

U3A in Scotland: Kath Payne

U3A Falkirk: Sandra McGregor

Unite Retired Members Association, Dumfries: Alan Sidaway (SOPA Vice Chair)

Unite Retired Members Association, Lanarkshire: Sam Gibson 

SOPA Trustees: Sam Gibson, Bill McDonald, Betty Milton, Alan Sidaway, Alan Spinks, Eileen Wallace, John White, Christine Wilson.  

Click here to open the SOPA Constitution. This document was agreed by OSCR in April 2016. SOPA is a registered charity (SCO46520).

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