Dame Anne Begg, former MP for Aberdeen South, has been announced as the latest Cornerstone Patron.
Dame Anne began her career teaching history and English at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir in 1987, was named Disabled Scot of the Year in 1988 and by 1991 she was Head of English at Arbroath Academy. She moved back to Aberdeen when she was elected as an MP in 1997 and now lives in Cove.
During her time in the Commons she held a number of positions, including Vice-chair of the Speaker's conference on political representation and in the 2010-15 Parliament she was Chair of the influential Work and Pensions Select Committee.
She was awarded a DBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list for her work for disabled people and equal opportunities.
In her role as a Patron, Dame Anne will be responsible for championing the work Cornerstone is involved in throughout Scotland.
Dame Anne said: "I was delighted to be asked to become a Patron for Cornerstone and accepted without hesitation. It is an organisation I have had dealings with for 20 years and know the superb work they do in providing accommodation and support for adults with disabilities. From its pioneering beginnings as the brain child of Nick Baxter, Cornerstone has led the way over the years in delivering excellent care and has acted as a model of how to support people with profound disabilities to lead independent lives. Cornerstone has always valued its staff and the people it supports."
"There are huge challenges ahead for the care sector, so I am keen to do what I can to support and highlight the work of Cornerstone. I want to help raise its profile across Scotland to show that it is possible to provide services of the highest quality. The people Cornerstone supports deserve nothing less."
Cornerstone Chief Executive, Edel Harris, added: “Dame Anne Begg has a long standing relationship with Cornerstone. She knew our founder, Nick Baxter, well and gave a very moving and personal eulogy at his funeral.
“Her knowledge and experience of the political and social environment in which we operate is a huge asset and her profile in the UK is such that she will be a great ambassador for our work.”