The Access Team at Disability Equality Scotland has two members of staff whose aim is to support Access Panels across Scotland in a variety of ways.

Ian Buchanan

Access Engagement Officer

My name is Ian Buchanan and I am the Access Engagement Officer.  I’m  the main point of contact for Access Panels requiring support and guidance.  I’m principally responsible for SDEF’s overall strategic vision with regard to Access Panels by working towards the development of a thriving Access Panel Network across Scotland.  I head up the Access team within SDEF, which includes James and Gillian, drawing on a wealth of skills and knowledge to improve the outreach and capacity of Access Panels. 

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions about Access Panels in Scotland or if you’re keen to join your local panel.

Gillian Smith

Access Administrator

Gillian is our Access Administrator and provides administrative support to the AEO and to the wider Access Panel network.  She has years of experience working in HR and administrative roles and working closely with community groups and is looking forward to getting to know the Access Panels.  It will usually be Gillian that Access Panels deal with on a day-to-day basis.  Gillian also provides support for events that are run by the Access Team and assists the AEO in the planning of the yearly Access Panel Conference.