Social care veteran Ranald Mair awarded OBE

7 July 2017

Ranald Mair with his OBERanald Mair, a social work and care professional of nearly 50 years, has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the sector. 

Ranald, 66, from Ayrshire has worked in care for nearly 50 years, and has spent the last decade as CEO of the representative body for independent social care services in Scotland, Scottish Care.

In this position, he has been heavily involved in the development and funding of care services for adults and older people.

He said:

‘It’s an honour to receive the OBE.

‘I see myself as accepting this award on behalf of the thousands of people who do inspirational work in the social care sector every day. 

‘This OBE is a reflection of the importance of the social care sector and the key role it plays in many people’s lives.’

Ranald has strived to ensure people are safely and well cared for throughout his long career.

He believes it is important providers are delivering the very highest level of care and said:

‘We should only deliver care services as we would want for ourselves or our loved ones.’

Ranald has taken part in a number of Scottish Government working groups, including the development of the National Dementia Strategy, and the Review of the National Care Standards.

He said the goal as he sees it is to achieve consistency between public policy, resource allocation and practice, with the rights and interests of those who use services at the heart of all that goes on.

Ranald recently joined the board of international charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability, as he wanted to look at an aspect of care he hadn’t previously been involved in before — working with disabled people. 

Since becoming a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability in September 2016, Ranald has taken on the London Marathon on their behalf, running 26 miles and raising nearly £2,000 for disabled people in the process. 

On his work with Leonard Cheshire, Ranald said:

‘Despite huge progress, there are still many important battles to be won for disabled people in Scotland.

‘Equality of opportunity and the chance to contribute fully to society are pivotal in realising the full potential of disabled people across our country.

‘We’re not there yet and we still have a distance to travel to ensure everyone has equality of opportunity in life.’

Ranald’s colleagues, friends and family are all eager to share their congratulations with him, especially his granddaughter, who he said sees him as a superhero.

Seven-year-old Catrina is a big Star Wars fan and has started calling Ranald ‘grandad OBE Kenobi’. 

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