The Team 


Alison Bavidge

National Director

Alison started working in residential childcare in 1991.  Since qualifying in social work in 1996, she has had the privilege of working with people in the justice system and adults’ social services in the voluntary and public sectors. In the Care Inspectorate, she worked to improve the quality of services in Scotland from operational and strategic perspectives.  Her work with Social Work Scotland and Scottish Government (2018-20) delivered recommendations to Government to ensure people in prison have equitable access to adult social services. Having been a member of BASW for many years, she took up the post of SASW National Director in October 2020.

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Emily Galloway

Communications & Policy Officer 

Emily started at SASW as a Communications intern, before becoming a permanent member of the team in the dual role of Communications and Policy. Emily graduated with a Masters in Political Communication from the University of Glasgow in 2016 and became a certified CIPR Public Relations Practitioner shortly afterwards. 

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Karin Heber

Professional Officer 

Karin is a registered social worker and has a masters in social pedagogy. Her practice background pre and post qualifying spans work with people with mental ill-health, disabilities, children, young people and their families in statutory, voluntary and residential settings in both Germany and here in Scotland. Karin is also a Practice Teacher and a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator. 

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Lisa Urquhart

Event Coordinator 

Lisa manages SASW's event programme and the office in Edinburgh, as well as providing all of the administrative support for the team. Lisa has ten years of experience doing various roles in Financial Services, including Project Analysis, Operations Management, Incident Management, Events and Continuous Improvement. She loves nothing more than organising basically anything. 

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Sarah McMillan

Professional Officer

Sarah has been a social worker since 2000 and has worked extensively with children and families, both in practice team settings and as a Cedar Project Coordinator, supporting women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. In her role at SASW Sarah has developed work around ‘The Social Work Role in Domestic Abuse’, which has included a series of events with partners across Scotland and on-going awareness raising. Sarah has also been instrumental in setting up Communities of Practice, where social workers can reflect and learn together. Sarah is now a certified trainer in the Safe & Together Model and is keen to help raise awareness of the approach with social workers across the UK.

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