A TRAILBLAZING campaigner for social justice has been appointed as the new chairwoman of a prominent charity’s executive board.
Morag Alexander, who has been a board member of ELCAP for five years, said she was “privileged” to have been selected for the challenge.
Originally the East Lothian Care and Accommodation Project, the charity is based in Prestonpans and provides people with support and training.
The organisation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, was formed by a group of people looking for ways to help people with learning disabilities.
It now helps people disadvantaged by circumstances such as disability, illness or age.
Morag was awarded the OBE in 2001 for her contribution to equal opportunities.
She has been an ELCAP board member since 2010 and is a former Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland.
Morag has spoken out on issues ranging from human trafficking trade to equality for women in the workplace.
She was appointed the first convener of the Scottish Social Services Council from 2001 until 2007 and was also director of the Equal Opportunities Commission Scotland from 1992 to 2001, chair of the Early Years Advisory Group of Children in Scotland from 1995 to 2003 and a trustee of Turning Point Scotland from 1998 to 2006.
Morag said: “I’m proud of the service ELCAP, with our qualified and committed staff, provides to our service users, and I’m privileged to have been appointed ELCAP’s new chairwoman.
“With my colleagues on the board, I’m looking forward to meeting the challenges facing all social care providers in Scotland.”
Since 1970, when the Equal Pay Act was passed, Morag has been a writer, researcher and campaigner for gender equality.
She says she was particularly privileged in 1998 to have been a member of Partnership for a Parliament, the cross-party civic organisation that worked to establish the Scottish Parliament.
She was also a member of the expert panel on procedures and standing orders for the Scottish Parliament and drafted the blueprint for the parliament’s structures and policies on across-the-board equalities.
She is married to a emeritus professor.
The couple have two children and three grandchildren.
Morag was appointed as a lay member of the General Optical Council in 2007 and continued as a lay member after reappointment in 2009.