Keith Etherington

Director of In Control Scotland

I qualified as a Social Worker in 1982 and have spent the time since then working in the voluntary sector as a practitioner and manager.

I spent all my growing up years in the north east of England, but moved to Scotland in 1985, initially to work in the pioneering Fred Martin Project in Glasgow which was involved in moving children and young people with a learning disability out from Greater Glasgow Health Board Hospitals to be supported in the community and with new families.  Over the years I have worked for several voluntary sector providers in development and management roles and in fact, the majority of my experience has involved the development of new support and services for people, including significant involvement in people leaving several long stay hospitals and other institutions in Scotland. I was also involved in the development of ‘dates-n-mates’ – Scotland’s first dating and friendship agency for people with a learning disability.  Since August 2009, I have worked as In Control Scotland National Co-ordinator, promoting the benefits of the in control approach and the development of a sustainable system of self directed support.  I became the Director of In Control Scotland in June 2013.

I enjoy world music, cycling and generally socialising and always like to have some new plans and projects on the go.  Rio 2016 anyone? I am married and live in Glasgow and have three grown up daughters who I often follow around the world on their various adventures, whenever they let me.