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Lesslie qualified as a general nurse in 1976 and a midwife in 1978. She worked for ten years as Ward Sister in a gynaecology ward. Her next major posts were leading the introduction of quality assurance systems and performance indicators to hospitals in the public sector in Scotland and then in the private sector in England.
On returning to Scotland she set up a charity providing a home-based teaching system to children with learning disabilities and their families as well as a play group.
Her passion for improving the life of people with epilepsy comes from personal experience. She has a daughter who has epilepsy and learning disabilities so she knows how a diagnosis of epilepsy impacts the person, their family and the community they live in.
Lesslie joined Epilepsy Scotland's training department in 2006 and was appointed Chief Executive in January 2009.
Alan has worked in social care since the early 1990s when he began his career as a care assistant in a nursing home. Since then he has held management posts with several different organisations both in a residential and community-based capacity. He has an honours degree in Psychology, a qualification in management and postgraduate qualifications in Information Technology and Social Services Leadership.
Alan started with Epilepsy Scotland in 2003, initially as the manager of the Community Support Service in Glasgow. His role as Deputy Chief Executive encompasses overall management of direct services and the administration of the organisation’s finance and HR.
Debbie MacKinnon is the Service Development Manager for Epilepsy Scotland and has worked for the organisation for 9 years. Debbie has worked in social care for over 15 years, has a degree in Community Education, her Registered Managers Award and qualifications in counselling. Debbie manages a wide range of services for Epilepsy Scotland. These include services for children and adults in Greater Glasgow and Edinburgh & the Lothians.
In her previous post, Debbie managed a residential programme for adults with cerebral palsy in Boston Massachusetts.