Business development manager at Mochridhe
Since joining Mochridhe shortly after the business was founded Audrey Ferns hasn't looked back.
Initially she was an office assistant at the Glasgow company which supports people with disabilities to live independent lifestyles.
Fast forward five years and she is business development manager in charge of expansion across Scotland.
She said: "Much of my working week is currently split between Glasgow and Edinburgh, where we recently opened a new office at St Andrews Square headed up by experienced community care professional Jack Blaik.
"Offering Edinburgh-based service users a more flexible and personal service than has been available to date, we are now in advanced discussions with Edinburgh-based disability and social work groups about the provision of self-directed support and I'm presently dealing with our first referrals in the east."
Ferns believes the organisation plays a key role in helping people live more fulfilling lives.
She added: "We offer a tailored support service to individuals that is personalised to their specific needs, believing that it is not disabled people's impairment that prevents them from doing the things they would choose to do, but the disabling barriers within our society including the disabling barriers and restrictive character of some traditional care services.
"We believe that people should have the opportunity to manage and shape the resources the state would otherwise commit to them and have the chance to design their own best uses of what are always limited resources. That choice needs to be there."