Lorrraine McGrath

Lorrraine McGrath

Chief Executive
Simon Community Scotland

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Lorraine began her career in NHS mental health, moving into social care in 1990 and for the past 20 years she has held executive/senior management roles. She has been Chief Executive of Simon Community Scotland since 2012, an organisation that for 55 years has been wholly dedicated to combatting the causes and effects of homelessness in the West of Scotland, employing over 200 staff and reaching more than 6000 people each year. She has represented organisations nationally and locally including contributing directly to the development of Scottish Government strategies on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping, Self Directed Support, Suicide Prevention, veterans mental health and those that experience mental health issues in combination with other needs such as addiction.

She remains a Board member of Coalition of Care & Support Providers for Scotland, having previously been both Convener and Vice Convener.

Lorraine is passionate about delivering impact and empowering the people who receive support and the front line staff supporting them to achieve the very best they can. She is constantly surprised and inspired by the resilience of people and their ability to overcome the greatest of harm and trauma and by the ability of staff to find solutions for the most intractable of issues.

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