Meet the Committee
I have four awesome kids and one crazy dog. I have Tourette's as do two of my kids. I joined the Fife support group after my youngest son was diagnosed and it made a massive difference to us. We went from being terrified and lost to feeling like part of a new family. This involvement helped me grow in knowledge, understanding, and confidence in all things Tourette's and I loved being a part of it all. I joined the committee in 2017 and was part of the team who relaunched Tourette Scotland in 2018, updating our training program, information, relaunching groups, and introducing new services.
I have been volunteering with Tourette Scotland for 4 years. It's a charity close to my heart as I have 3 family members with Tourette's. My niece and nephews have taught me so much and I am immensely proud of them and their achievements. In my day job I am an Occupational Therapist so I bring many of my skills to the work I do with the charity. My interests and hobbies are many but my favourite is NERF, yes, I love to run around big venues like football stadiums and shopping malls with toy blasters, shooting zombies and other people!! It's so much fun! I also love the gym, I love classes and lifting weights and the many lovely people I've met along the way. Finally, I love a good gig, preferably heavy rock or metal (yes, I know, I don't quite look like a heavy metal fan or rock chick ;-)).
Lyndsay is our brilliant secretary and lives up in Aberdeen. She was instrumental in starting our Grampian support group is one of our trainers, delivering training to schools in the Grampian region. Lyndsay is also Mum to a son with Tourette’s and other coexisting conditions. Lyndsay is currently on a short break from the committee.
Derek is very shy, so we've written this for him and chosen the logo to save his blushes ;-)
Derek is currently our treasurer and has been a trustee of the charity since 2012.
He is a man of few words but a whizz with a spreadsheet, with a great eye for the details!
I'm Lauren and I have Tourette's myself, along with some of the coexisting conditions to varying degrees. I'm married to Craig and we have two cats. I first started ticcing at 4 1/2 but I wasn't diagnosed until I was almost 22. After growing up feeling so different, it was a relief to have a name for it and I set about learning what I could. That's how I found Tourette Scotland, it was just amazing to meet other people like me and it was genuinely like gaining a second family. I'm really proud of the work we do and love being a part of it. When I'm not working I love music and going to gigs, movies, photography, walking and going to the gym. I also still love Lego, especially the Harry Potter sets ;-)
I'm Gillian, from Glasgow. I'm married to David and have a son, Ross. Ross was diagnosed with Tourette's at age 9 and since then, Tourette Scotland has been, at times, a lifeline! I am a Support for Learning Worker and find it challenging but rewarding. I recently stepped down as a Boy's Brigade Leader after 30 years. I love travelling, all things Disney, and a good blether!
I got involved with Tourette Scotland through a recommendation by a friend. Our son suffers from a wide array of tics and Tourette Scotland has provided invaluable support for both him and us. When I'm not working, we enjoy walks in the hills, cycling and caring for animals.
Danni has Tourette's and other comorbid conditions, though only received her official diagnosis in adulthood. In seeking support, she found Tourette Scotland to be a warm and welcoming community from all walks of life and perspectives. Her own diagnostic experience has inspired her to pursue a PhD mapping the diagnostic journey and post diagnostic support for those with Tourette's and co-morbid conditions. She hopes that the findings will help improve supportive services and awareness of the condition within medical and public professions. At home, she has three "supervisors", cats named Azradath, Milo and Lyra, who are wonderful at helping manage her condition. Her interests also include teaching historical sword fighting, motorbiking, dancing, singing and improvised theatre. She looks forward to growing with the Tourette Scotland family and contributing to the social media profile, training and services for the charity.