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Morag Mackay


Portrait of GDA's treasurer Morag Mackay. Morag has short red hair, is wearing a red and white stripy top and a white scarf, and is sitting, smiling, with her hand on the arm of her powered wheelchair.

Morag is a disabled person and has been involved in the disability movement since the 1980’s and is one of the founder members of GDA. Morag is an accomplished trainer in Disability Equality & Independent Living and was a key driver of SEATID during the 1980s and 1990s (Strathclyde Equality Awareness Trainers in Disability), providing expert training and consultancy to various organisations. She worked for Save the Children and during this time she was fortunate enough to do some work in Uzbekistan with the authorities promoting the work being done in the UK to improve the quality of life of disabled children.  Later Morag worked as a Social Work Depute Manager of a residential training unit for disabled people, supporting them to access and have rights to independent living. The last thirteen years of her working career were as an Inclusive Living Advisor for the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, supporting disabled people with packages of Self Directed Support.

Morag has significant experience of Governance having served on the Boards of both Inclusion Scotland and GDA for many years. She is currently Treasurer of GDA and has significant skills in finance management, strategic planning and compliance – from the level of the individual disabled person who employs their own staff to an organisation like GDA employing staff.

Morag tells us: “My husband Brian and I and have two children who have left the nest which means I get to enjoy travelling all over the world as well as in the UK, especially now that I’m retired.  I’m in the process of writing a book with a close friend who is also a disabled women, writing about our lives and experiences both as disabled children and adults.”