Gail Rhind, our Area Manager for Dumfries & Galloway, has said a fond farewell after leaving her post to move to Glasgow.

Gail joined Support in Mind Scotland in 2005 when the organisation was still called the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland). Her initial role was part-time manager of Kaleidoscope, but she quickly took on Carer Support work, before she was promoted to the post of Area Manager in 2008.

Gail has been the driving force behind a lot of positive change throughout Support in Mind Scotland and she leaves services in Dumfries and Galloway in fantastic shape.

It’s with a heavy heart that Gail leaves, but she said: “The organisation has gone from strength to strength and continued to diversify while staying true to its ethos.

“I’m emotional to be leaving, but I’m leaving at the right time and the right time to give someone else the opportunity to be the Area Manager for Dumfries and Galloway.”

Gail added: “I would personally like to thank Frances Simpson (CEO) and Carolyn Little (Chair) for all the support they have given me, and also my colleagues and the national team.

“I am leaving on a high. The service users are inspirational, talented people who it has been a pleasure to work with.”

Support in Mind Scotland's CEO Frances Simpson paid tribute to Gail's service to the organisation. She said: ""Gail has made a huge contribution to SiMS over the past 12 years, not only in her local area of Dumfries but nationally as an integral part of our National Management Team. 

"She has inspired and supported her peers, with her energy, professionalism and common sense, and has been a strong and vocal advocate for the people we support. We will miss her but wish her all the best in her new home."

Emma Scott, manager at Kaleidoscope, will step into the breach as Area Manager in an acting up capacity.

Emma, pictured above with Gail, said: “I look forward to finding out more about all the talents that staff, service users, carers and volunteers have to offer throughout Dumfries and Galloway as well as the rest of Scotland.”