Meet our trainers

Our trainers have a wealth of experience

Ross Grieve

Ross Grieve leads Thistle Foundation’s Training and Consultancy work. His professional background lies in Physiotherapy where he project managed a number of rehabilitation programmes for people with long term conditions.  10 years ago, he specialised in solution focused practice, a conversational approach to consulting which uses simple and powerful listening and questioning strategies which help focus on what’s important to people, what they want from support/ services and what their role in achieving good outcomes are.

Ross consults with services across health and social care and trains practitioners in personal outcomes and asset based approaches. He has extensive experience in supporting practitioners to understand what this approach means to their practice and how to make small sustainable changes which can profoundly transform practice.

Ross has dedicated his career to listening carefully to people: to what they want, and how they use their resourcefulness on their journey toward recovery.  His passion lies in promoting simple and profound ideas; such as working with the person living with a long term condition, not the long term condition; to focus on strengths/ assets, not deficits; focus on the present and future to supporting people to live life based on what matters, what’s important.

Email or telephone: 0131 656 7342

 

Linsay Graham

Linsay Graham is a Training Consultant with the Thistle Foundation. Her professional background lies in Health (general and mental health nursing).  10 years ago she specialised in solution focused practice, a conversational approach to consulting which uses simple and powerful listening and questioning strategies which help focus on what’s important to people, what they want from support/ services and what their role in achieving good outcomes are.

Linsay, with her colleague Ross, consults with services across health and social care and train practitioners in personal outcomes and asset based approaches. They have extensive experience in supporting practitioners to understand what this approach means to their practice and how to make small sustainable changes which can profoundly transform practice.  Their passion lies in promoting simple and profound ideas; such as working with the person living with a long term condition, not the long term condition; to focus on strengths/assets, not deficits; focus on the present and future to supporting people to live life based on what matters, what’s important.

Email or telephone: 0131 656 7342

 

Julie Gardner

Julie has worked in various roles in the voluntary sector over the last 20 years.  In all of her roles she has had a clear focus on how we meaningfully engage with people, and how we use what people tell us to plan and develop the support we offer so that people achieve the best outcomes possible.

During the last 14 years Julie has worked with VOCAL – Voice of Carers Across Lothian, to plan and develop support for unpaid carers, and for the last 8 years Julie has worked within VOCAL to embed a focus on personal outcomes into the work of the organisation.  As a result she started working with the Joint Improvement Team in 2010 to support the sharing of learning and practice amongst provider organisations.  This in turn led to the development of the sessions now known as ‘Making it personal’, including the sessions on ‘Getting started’ and ‘Good conversations’ for the Personal Outcomes Partnership.

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Steve Coulson

Steve leads on learning and development for staff at Thistle and also contributes to external training. He worked in local authority social work including residential child care, community work, supported living and with volunteers for 20 years. Steve was also a Social Work Practice teacher and has presented to university courses at Stirling and Edinburgh.

Steve has practiced and trained in person centred planning facilitation since 1999. He worked at Scottish Human Services as a Senior Trainer and left in 2002 to join Edinburgh Development Group where he led the Future Plans project using person centred planning with young people in transition. He developed the Big Plan in Scotland with his friend Heather Simmons and they wrote the book ‘The Big Plan – a good life after school’ published by Inclusion Press in 2006. Steve has also contributed to a Jessica Kingsley Publication ‘Co-production and Personalisation in Social Care.’ He has worked throughout the UK, Western Australia, USA and Cyprus.

As well as developing and delivering Induction training and the Person Centred Principles into Practice course at Thistle, Steve regularly facilitates Big Plan sessions with young disabled people and their families as part of Thistle’s Interact project.

Email or telephone: 0131 656 9929

 

Tracy McLeod

Tracy is currently the Lothian’s House of Care Coordinator, a NHS Lothian Senior Health Promotion Specialist and Personal Development Coach and has a background in nursing, health visiting and community development. She has 30 years experience with the NHS, Third Sector, Council and Health and Social Care Partnership. She enjoys working strategically and locally, across different partnerships, programmes and projects aiming to be innovative, positive and solution focussed whilst welcoming new challenges. Tracy is passionate about promoting health to address health inequalities, leading teams, working with individuals to achieve their outcomes and delivering effective services.

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