Patrick Shearer, Chairperson
Patrick Shearer was born and brought up in Morayshire and moved to Aberdeen where he attended University and graduated with an Arts and a Law degree before joining Grampian Police in 1983. He has operated at a senior level in policing since 2001 when he was appointed Assistant and then Deputy Chief Constable of Grampian Police before taking up the post as Chief Constable in Dumfries and Galloway in 2007. He was the President for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland for two years. He has always been actively involved in partnership working and has chaired the local Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and the Youth Justice Partnership for 6 years. He has a keen interest in all things local and social justice. He enjoys most sports and keeping fit.
Leslie’s professional background was mainly in local government. After qualifying as a solicitor, he held a number of management posts with Dumfries and Galloway Council, including Director of Corporate Services and Depute Chief Executive. He retired from the Council in 2009.
He lives in Ruthwell and is actively involved in a number of local bodies, including his local Community Council and the Gretna Landmark Trust. He is Chair of the 7stanes Mountain Biking Community Interest Company.
Lorna was brought up in Glasgow and completed general nursing and midwifery training there. She staffed in the Queen Mother’s Hospital for 12 years and went on to the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces Hospital for a further 2 years helping to set up the maternity facilities there, coming to Dumfries in 1990 where she worked at various levels in Cresswell Maternity Hospital.
Lorna became a full time carer for her aging mother and was politically active as a member of the Scottish National Party. She was elected in Lochar Ward and served as a SNP Councillor for 5 years. Lorna has served on the Education Committee, Social Work, Police, Fire and Rescue Committees as well as the Nithsdale Area Committee.
Lorna has an abiding interest in the welfare of ordinary people and therefore continues to be on the Board of Dumfries & Galloway Citizens Advice Service.
Norman McIntosh was educated in Glasgow and spent the majority of his career as an engineering draughtsman. Having always been an active trade union member he became a full time union official in 1970 and continued in this role until he retired.
Norman started volunteering with D&G CAS in 2001 and became a specialist employment adviser. He joined the board of D&G CAS in 2005.
His other offices and interests include being an Elder at Kirkinner Parish Church, Treasurer of the Newton Stewart & District Angling Association, and a lifelong supporter of Rangers Football Club. He has also served as a Governor at Glasgow Caledonian University where he was awarded an honorary Fellowship.