Our Staff

Scottish War Blinded is the sister charity of Royal Blind. Our Chief Executive is Mark O'Donnell.

The Senior Management Team of Royal Blind work across both Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded. Read about our Senior Management Team.

The Scottish War Blinded managers are below:

Alison Cairns, Practice Lead

Alison Cairns Alison is a qualified social worker and previously worked for Glasgow City Council Social Work Services for nearly 25 years supporting and managing the Older Person’s Team, the Physical Disability Team, the Hospital Team and latterly, the Learning Disability Team.


Jenny Liddell, Practice Lead

Jenny LiddellJenny joined Scottish War Blinded in March 2020 as Practice Lead managing the growing outreach service for Northern Scotland.  


Jim Thomson, Linburn Centre Manager

Jim has managed Scottish War Blinded's Linburn Centre in Wilkieston, West Lothian, since he joined the charity in December 2014.  


Gillian McDonald, Hawkhead Centre Manager

Gillian has been with the Hawkhead Centre in Paisley since it first opened its doors back in 2017 - then as Deputy Manager - and has been instrumental in the service’s development and growth.  


Sandra Taylor, Lead Rehabilitation Officer

Sandra Taylor, Lead Rehabilitation Officer at Scottish War Blinded Sandra is Scottish War Blinded's Lead Rehabilitation Officer. A qualified Rehabilitation Officer, she worked for Renfrewshire’s Social Work Sensory Impairment Team for 17 years, supporting people of all ages, including children living with a vision impairment or hearing impairment, before joining the charity.