Janine Rennie

Chief Executive, Open Secret

Janine Rennie has been Chief Executive of Open Secret since 2007. In 2008 she was instrumental in winning a tender to design and deliver the In Care Survivor Service Scotland, including developing partnerships and designing the service model. Prior to joining Open Secret she had varied experience in the third and public sector. She was previously Chief Executive of a drug and alcohol service and prior to that operated as Company Accountant for a mental health charity and an overseas development charity, having developed the finance function in Bosnia. Janine is a Fellow of the ACCA with a degree in business management but is also a counsellor with over 20 years experience. She is skilled in developing service models and in achieving funding to deliver new and innovative projects as evidenced by Open Secret becoming the only Scottish charity in 2014 to win the Glaxo Smith Klein Impact Award in partnership with the King's Fund. Janine has been an active member of the Cross Party Group for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse where she was the Secretary for many years.

Session Details


Tuesday 23rd May: 11:50am - 12:20pm
The Impact of Records on the Lives of People Raised in Care


Janine will speak on the importance of records management to individuals, particularly those raised in a care setting. Over the past eight years Janine has been responsible for the service delivery to over 1000 people abused in a care setting and for most of them records have been the key to the past. Where records are incomplete or where they do not exist, the impact is huge in terms of the effect on wellbeing. The language used is very important in recording. Janine will illustrate the impact with case studies and examples.

Topic: Lessons from Scotland - case studies and best practices from our host country

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