SOPA Planning Group
See the list below of the current Planning Group (updated November 2018). Click on the name of the organisation to go to the website (opening in a new window).
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. SOPA has good access to government and can raise issues directly with Ministers, in cross-party groups in Parliament and with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Diana Findley was elected as Chairperson at SOPA’s AGM on 26 July 2018. Alan Sidaway is Vice Chair.
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."
Caroline Clark, Contact for Scottish Older People’s Assembly
Tel:0131 357 1277 Email: email@example.com
The Scottish Older People's Assembly is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation: Number - SC046520
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 OCSR in April 2016. SOPA is a registered charity (SCO46520).