Gordon Johnston

Gordon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007 and is now active in several voluntary sector mental health organisations. He is past Chair of VOX (Voices of Experience – the national collective advocacy organisation in mental health) and currently Chair of Bipolar Scotland. He is also an active member of Klackun, the service user voice in Clackmannanshire. Gordon carries out paid consultancy work for several third sector mental health organisations, mainly in the areas of peer research, community development and organisational development.

Gordon has previously worked in the public and voluntary sectors in areas including community development, managing a local community engagement organisation, co-ordinating the distribution of National Lottery and European funding, project development in several urban regeneration initiatives in Glasgow and project managing elements of the merger that led to the creation of the Big Lottery Fund.

Gordon is active at a national level, sitting on the Health and Social Care Action Group of the Scottish National Action Plan on Human Rights, the Scottish Government’s Psychological Therapies Monitoring and Implementation Group and the Our Voice Delivery and Oversight Group. He is a Public Partner with Healthcare Improvement Scotland and has been a member of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme’s Mental Health Delivery Group as a service user representative since its inception in 2013.

He was appointed as a Board member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland by the Minister for Mental Health in April 2017.