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Glasgow 2017 Speakers

Claire Ann Balfour, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Traumatic Brain Injury, Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitiation Centre, Lanarkshire

Claire Balfour is an adult speech and language therapist, neuro-linguistic practitioner, and healthcare educator and trainer who has lived and worked in Scotland, England and New Zealand.

Claire coaches individual clients and professional groups to improve all aspects of communication skills. These skills are consolidated into everyday conversations to create effective interpersonal connections. She also facilitates improvised comedy workshops to teach people spontaneity and creativity in conversation which increases their confidence communicating.

She is currently studying for her Masters in Speech Pathology researching how right-sided brain damage impedes linguistic inference and how that affects social problem solving.

Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland

Lorraine has been with Obesity Action Scotland since its inception in June 2015.  Lorraine previously worked as an independent consultant on public health policy and her clients included Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland and NHS Education Scotland. 

Lorraine provided interim management services across a number of policy areas in Scottish Government and has a wealth of experience in policy making and business management.  From 2007 to 2013 work for Scottish Government involved developing and leading the national public health initiative “Good Places Better Health” which included work on childhood obesity and contributing to the development of health inequalities policy.

An Environmental Health Officer by profession, her career has included working within various local and regional levels of government in enforcement, enabling and advisory roles around environment and health. This has included Regional Advisor to Scottish Natural Heritage, Senior Policy Officer on Air Quality at Greater London Authority and Team Leader for Pollution Control in Scotland’s largest Local Authority (Glasgow City Council).