Information on Directors

Fiona McCall - Chair

Fiona McCall – Chair

I have been involved with Direct Payments for a number of years now and have progressed from having a basic care package to a more extensive package which covers direct payments, Independent Living Fund (ILF) and Access to Work.

I have been involved in the Direct Payments Working Group since it started and I became a Board Member as I am keen to see that the agency is well supported and managed in its transfer to independence.

I am a community development worker, counsellor and trainer, now self employed as it is a more flexible way of working and managing my disabilities.

Anita Withers – Finance Director

We were delighted to welcome Anita Withers to the Board following our Annual General Meeting in 2015.  Anita took on the role of Finance Director.

John Reid

John Reid

I live in Hawick. I’m in a wheelchair, with bad health.

I am here to help put disabled peoples’ views across where possible. I believe you try now to help, no good complaining later, when it is too late. It may be too late for me.

I hope others will stand up. To help now when it counts.

Annette Scobie


For most of my working life, I have worked in public services in social work, housing and community development. Since coming to the Borders and the ‘good life’ in Berwickshire, I have been fortunate to work in the voluntary sector and alongside many other organisations.

My experience of working as the Co-ordinator of the Borders Voluntary Community Care Forum for over 18 years led to a close involvement with service users and carers in need of community care. The Forum was instrumental in the introduction of Direct Payments to the Borders and helped to manage the agency, providing development support until it became an independent organisation.

I am a firm believer in what is now called ‘self-directed care’ for those wishing to take control of their own care arrangements. I am wholeheartedly committed to the work that Encompass undertakes to enable this to happen, and to maintaining the high standards of support the agency currently provides to its clients.

Following my retirement, I was, therefore, very pleased to be asked to serve on the Board of Encompass.

George Turnbull

I served on the former Roxburgh District Council from 1977-1998 and held chairmanship of Technical Services and served over that period on most Committees including Policy and Resources, Finance and Housing, and was a founder of Roxburgh Sports Council.  I served on Borders Regional Council from 1978-1996 serving on Water and Drainage, Planning & Development, Building Control, and Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade.

Elected from 2007 -2012 to Scottish Borders Council, I served as Executive Member for Education and Lifelong Learning for the later three years of that term of office, with the largest budget and staff within Scottish Borders Council. Elected again from 2012-2017, I served as a member in the Opposition, as Chairman of Hawick Common Good Fund and Chairman of the Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum – the most successful within the Scottish Borders.

Outwith the council, I am a Care Support Worker with one of the country’s largest care providers. I have worked with them for over five years and gained both my Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in Health and Social Care. I am co-chair of the Borders Learning Disability Providers Group and serve on many other committees including the Hawick Common Riding Committee. I also serve as a member of the local Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Safer Communities Scrutiny Board.

I believe that I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Encompass and enjoy working with my fellow Board Members.

Valerie Robertson

I was introduced to Encompass when my husband needed care and we chose direct payments.

Their help and advice was invaluable and I was pleased to be invited to join the board.

We moved to the Borders from Edinburgh nearly 10 years ago where I worked for a well known brewery in their computer department.

I also chaired the Edinburgh Access Panel for several years.

We are both wheelchair users and competed in wheelchair sports for many years.  We were fortunate to travel all over the world to compete in various sports.  Nowadays we take part in the less energetic sports of bowls and curling.

My other interest is patchwork and I belong to two local groups.