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The Team 


Alistair Brown 

National Director

Alistair became National Director of SASW in June 2019. Alistair has worked across statutory intervention as well as management and therapeutic roles in Scotland and New Zealand, as a social worker and Mental Health Officer with adults and young people. He still works occasionally in out of hours services as well as sitting as a member of Mental Health Tribunals Scotland. He has been an active volunteer with SASW over the last decade including Chair of the Scotland Committee and a member of BASW Council. 

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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 last year. 

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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 & Administrator

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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