Glasgow has a new Carer’s Champion

Glasgow City Council Carer's Champion, Andrew Robertson.
Glasgow City Council Carer's Champion, Andrew Robertson.

Andrew Robertson, the former chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has been appointed as Glasgow’s new Carer’s Champion.

The appointment has been approved by Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee and Mr Robertson will take on the voluntary post with immediate effect.

Established by the council in 2012, the Carer’s Champion is expected to the represent the collective views of the city’s carers within the council and also speak independently on carer issues.

Mr Robertson will be tasked with raising the profile of unpaid carers across the council.

With twenty-two years of service on the NHS GCC board as well as experience as the vice president of the Carer’s Trust, Mr Robertson was identified as the ideal candidate for the position.

Councillor Matt Kerr, the council’s Executive Member for Families, Health and Social Care, expressed his delight that someone with Mr Robertson’s extensive knowledge of the health and care systems is taking on the job.

Councillor Kerr said: “Andrew Robertson has a wealth of experience that makes him exceptionally well-placed to take on the role of Glasgow’s Carer’s Champion.

“He is widely respected, very approachable and knows his way around the public sector.

“He has a very strong understanding of carers’ issues already and I am sure he will be very effective in putting across the case for carers in Glasgow. Andrew is very well suited for the job and I am sure he will be working hard to help us improve how we support carers.”

Mr Robertson said he relished the opportunity presented to him by becoming Carer’s Champion.

He said: “It’s not for me to set the agenda as carer’s champion, which will be set through discussions with carers. I want to listen and gather as broad an understanding of the issues that affect all the different carers groups whether that be for older people, younger people with learning or physical disabilities or children looking after parents with various difficulties.”