Dr Donald Macaskill
Chief Executive, Scottish Care
Dr Donald Macaskill is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body of Scotland’s independent sector social care providers. The sector is the largest in Scotland, with over 400 providers employing more than 100,000 staff.
Dr Macaskill has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and working with older people. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. For thirteen years he ran an equality and human rights consultancy in the United Kingdom and Europe. In August 2018 he wrote ‘TechRights: human rights, technology and social care.’ after a summer of conversations with key digital and technology stakeholders, human rights and ethicists in numerous countries. His work calls for a human-rights and ethical based approach to be developed around the co-design and implementation of AI, IoT and Big Data especially within a social care context