Management Team

The Management Team have built up a wealth of experience in providing support to individuals with profound and complex learning disabilities. their objective is always to involve the family in descisions about individual's future plans and where possible they provide the greatest choice to those individuals themselves.

Joe Whyte BSc (hons), B.Arch, CEO & MD

joeAn architect, formerly working in private practice, Joe has been involved in the voluntary sector since 1990. As an employee of Enable he helped develop their community residential programme for adults with profound learning and physical disabilities, across Scotland, as part of the major hospital closure programme.

He has worked with SHARE since 1999, and has been the Organization's Chief Executive and Managing Director since 2002.

Tom Gorrie, Finance Director

tomThe father of Carol Anne, who had profound learning disabilities caused by a lack of oxygen at birth. Tom, with Dr Brian Venters was a founder member of Share Scotland and a campaigner for care in the community for those with profound and complex disabilities.

Tom is a Management Accountant who spent 35 years in the Scotch Whisky industry with Allied Domecq and latterly as Head of Systems and Logistics with Burn Stewart Distillers.

Lynne Dignon, Regional Coordinator (West)

lynneLynne graduated with MA (Hons) in Psychology from Glasgow University in 1986. From 1987 until 1991, she worked in Surrey, initially as a houseparent of girls who had severe neurological conditions, and then as 'Head of Care' in a special needs girls' school. She joined SHARE Scotland in late 1991.

In the past few years, she has trained in hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and solution focused therapy which have contributed to her role as a senior manager and trainer.

Kenny Stein, Regional Coordinator (East)

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Kenny joined the NHS in 1980, working in Peel Hospital, just outside Galashiels. He qualified in General nursing a few years later. He then spent a year working in Dingleton Psychiatric Hospital in Melrose. After which he moved to Edinburgh. He worked in nearly all of the hospitals in Edinburgh before moving into Learning Disabilities nursing in 1989 and qualifying as a Learning Disabilities Nurse. In 1992 he left the NHS to work for ELCAP in East Lothian becoming an Area Manager in 1998. In 2002 he joined Share Scotland as East Regional Co-ordinator.

Dougie Reid, Development Manager

dougDougie previously worked in Richmond Park School, Hampden School and at Dalmarnock Adult Training Centre. He also did voluntary work with the supported learning unit at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies.

Dougie joined Share in 1997 as a support worker and then managed one of our Glasgow services. In 2005, he set up and managed a new service in West Dunbartonshire and was then promoted to Regional Co-ordinator in 2007. Dougie has since moved into the role of Development Manager and is working with a number of families, local authorities and housing providers on future residential services. He is also leading the West Dunbartonshire Transitions Project, a Big Lottery funded project which is helping young people with learning disabilities in West Dunbartonshire to plan for their future.