East Lothian Community Planning Delegate Vote 2019 |Paul White, ELCAP


My name is Paul White and I am the Chief Executive of ELCAP, a leading social care charity.  With your involvement and support, I would like to be the third sector representative on East Lothian Integration Joint Board (IJB).


ELCAP provides care and support for people who are affected by learning disabilities or mental health problems.  We are passionate about making a real difference to the individuals we support, by enabling them to live as independently as possible within our community.

Our strategic objectives are:

  • Enhancing the quality of our care and support
  • Developing our workforce
  • Diversifying our income and making best use of resources
  • Demonstrating our impact and making best use of resources
  • Connecting with communities and extending our reach

In the 2018/19 financial year, ELCAP provided 459,240 hours of care and support across 24 communities in East Lothian and Midlothian.  We employed 333 staff, with 98% saying they enjoyed working for us.

About me

I joined ELCAP in November 2018.  Prior to joining ELCAP, I was Head of Operations/Depute Director at LinkLiving, a charity which provides specialist services to enable community inclusion, health, independence and wellbeing.

My career to date has been in the public and third sectors. 

At the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), I was Director of Networks and then Director of Health and Social Care.  In the latter role I led SCVO’s work on asset-based, community-led and person-centred approaches which prevent ill-health, reduce dependency and tackle health inequalities. 

As Communities Team Manager at West Lothian Council, my responsibilities including facilitating partnerships which built social capital, enabled inclusion and mitigated the effects of disadvantage and poverty.

My early career was in advice work.  I have a good understanding of the impact of poverty and disadvantage and an appetite for social justice.

Outside of work, I am the Chair of a credit union and a trustee of a charity committed to embedding excellence and organisational sustainability across Scotland.

My commitment

Charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes make a significant contribution to improving the health and happiness of the citizens of East Lothian.  But given the opportunity, we can do even more.

If I am elected, I will:

  • Represent the interests of all third sector organisations with an interest in supporting the IJB to meet its strategic objectives. 
  • Work with STRiVE to develop ways in which organisations can inform my contribution to the IJB and receive regular feedback on developments which affect them and/or the individuals they support.
  • Promote the involvement of the third sector in the structures which sit below the IJB – for example, Change Boards and Reference Groups.
  • Identify learning from IJBs in other parts of Scotland which may be relevant to East Lothian and the third sector locally.
  • Be open, honest and accountable.
  • Be a champion for the third sector’s ability to change lives for the better.