James Elder-Woodward OBE
Born with cerebral palsy, James Elder-Woodward has had life-long experience of disability, not only as a health and social service user, but also as a service provider, planner and researcher.
After taking a degree in psychology, Jim studied health and social welfare in Sweden, Germany, Israel and Albania. In the UK he has worked for central government, local authorities, the health service, the voluntary sector and universities. He retired from Glasgow City Council in 1999, where he was a Senior Social Work Officer (Physical Disability).
Jim is now:
- Independent Chair of the Scottish Independent Living Coalition
- Independent Chair of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Independent Living Project
- Co-Chair of the Scottish Government’s Independent Living Partnership Board
- Convenor of the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living
- Strategic Board member of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
- Board Trustee of Capability Scotland
- Member of the Scottish Committee of the Campaign for a Fair Society
He has written a number of articles and papers on disability and independent living, including co-authoring a book for social care workers on the subject.
Jim controls his own 24 hour, seven day per week, personal support system. He lives close to Loch Lomond, Scotland, with his Dalmatian dog, Polly.