Housing stalwart dies following cancer battle
A stalwart of the housing sector has passed away following a seven month battle with cancer.
Carol Paton, 52, died on 14 March after more than 26 years working in the housing sector.
Beginning as a trainee at the Housing Corporation in 1986, she later moved to Edinvar and Horizon Housing Associations before becoming director of Lorne Area Housing Association in 1994.
Not long after, Ms Paton was appointed as support manager in the regulation arm of Communities Scotland, and then returned to Edinvar as deputy managing director.
In 2004 she set up her own company, Paton Independent, and was a founding member of the consortium Governance Alliance Scotland.
She was appointed to the Board of the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care in 2006 and continued to serve on its successor body until the month before her death.
Friend Derek O’Carroll told The Scotsman: ‘Carol was a warm, generous friend and colleague, as inspiring in her approach to imminent death as she had been in her all-too short life. She transformed every organisation she worked with, infusing the workplace with her positive thinking.’