Trainers

Barbara Donegan is a welfare rights worker at CPAG in Scotland, an author of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, and of the Disability Rights Handbook.

Jenny Duncan is policy and parliamentary officer with CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System, ensuring that evidence is used to inform and support local and national policy makers and service providers in Scotland to identify changes that will help them continue to deliver better outcomes for children.

Moira Escreet has been involved in advice work since 1993, mainly within housing associations. She is currently a welfare rights worker for Hillhead Housing Association 2000 and Antonine Housing Association.

Alison Gillies is a welfare rights worker at CPAG in Scotland. She is author of CPAG’s Children’s Handbook Scotland. She has worked in welfare rights since 1985.

Will Hadwen is a rights adviser for the charity Working Families, supporting carers and parents with benefits and employment issues. As a freelancer, Will also works on the CPAG Scotland advice line and for other charities including Advice UK and Gingerbread.

Paula John is a qualified social worker and mental health officer who has worked in social work for 25 years, the last 15 of which have been in a variety of mental health settings.

David Kelly is a welfare rights officer in a community-based housing association. He previously worked as a welfare rights worker with CPAG and in a local authority.

Henri Krishna is welfare rights worker with CPAG in Scotland’s advising black and minority ethnic communities’ project. He has worked in the advice and support sector in various capacities for around 20 years.

Alison Lord is a welfare rights worker at CPAG in Scotland, working on the advisers’ advice line. She has been working in the advice sector since 1996, specialising in benefits for people with disabilities.

Campbell McCrea has 23 years’ experience in welfare rights advice, representation and training, initially in local government and subsequently for Northumbrian Citizens Advice, where he is Lead Officer for Welfare Benefit Advice.

Kirsty McKechnie is a welfare rights worker with CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System, gathering and analysing evidence of the impacts of welfare reform on children and their families.

Stephen Neill has worked in welfare rights for 25 years. He worked initially as a welfare rights officer for Glasgow City Council for 15 years in Social Work Services. For the past 10 years Stephen has worked as a welfare rights officer with Whiteinch & Scotstoun Housing Association.

Simon Osborne is a welfare rights worker at CPAG. He is content consultant and an author of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, editor of and contributor to the Welfare Rights Bulletin, author of Winning Your Benefit Appeal and contributor to Legal Action magazine.

Judith Paterson is welfare rights co-ordinator with CPAG in Scotland. She is an author of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

Ed Pybus is a welfare rights worker with CPAG in Scotland and has been an adviser with CAB for the past 10 years.

Jane Smith has been a local authority welfare rights officer for over 15 years in various settings and has extensive experience of appeals, training and advice. She currently works for Inverclyde Council.

Jim Thompson has been a welfare rights worker for 25 years and has wide experience of claims, appeals and training. He is currently a housing association welfare rights officer.

Angela Toal is a welfare rights worker with CPAG in Scotland, working on the benefits for students project, and is author of CPAG’s Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook. She was previously advice team manager at The Action Group in Edinburgh.

Rebecca Walker has worked in welfare rights since 1993 and is currently a freelance trainer and writer. She is an author of the current edition of the Benefits for Migrants Handbook and contributor to the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook and the Disability Rights Handbook.

Mark Willis has worked in welfare rights since 1991 and is currently a welfare rights worker with CPAG in Scotland’s tax credits/early years project. He is an author of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.