Our Board of Trustees
We have a dedicated Board of Trustees who kindly volunteer their time to support and manage our charity.
I have been a trustee and chair of Braid Health and Wellbeing for over 8 years.
I had previously a 41 year career in local authority social work services working for Highland, Central and Lothian authorities during that time.
Latterly, I was a development officer for older people’s services and worked closely with the then Braid House as their link officer.
I hope that my previous experience of public services, with an inside track on the commissioning and development of services, helps to shape our business plans and our own developments.
This as we face up to making our charity fit for the future and working towards developing contemporary services which can assist not only older people but other vulnerable groups in the community.
Having spent most of my life working in Engineering & Production Manufacturing plus playing an active role in The Royal Army Medical Corps in 205 Scottish General Hospital as Regimental Sargent Major & Training Officer which enabled me to provide leadership and use my organisational skills.
On retirement I joined the charity Age Concern Scotland and established and managed a service called “Care & Repair – Handyperson Service” which provided contact with older people to support & assist them within their own homes. Also, to recruit and train members of the community who would help achieve our goals.
On retiring for a second time: – In 2017 I was invited to become involved with a local Day Care Centre “Braid House” (as it was called then), for the elderly residents of the West Lothian Community where I could use my management & medical experiences to help develop the New “Braid Health and Wellbeing” facility into a fully functioning community asset for all types of services – achieving contact with older people and supported by well qualified staff.
I joined the Board of Trustees in August 2019 to bring specific IT knowledge and experience to the Board. Since then, I’ve served for a period as Vice Chair and latterly taken on the role of Company Secretary.
I bring over 20 years of experience serving several local charities – from shaking cans, applying for charitable status, stewarding community events and serving on committees.
I am an enthusiastic, genuine and influential individual with over 12 years of experience in financial services. I have excellent interpersonal skills which, have been obtained from having to liaise and co-ordinate with all levels including C-Suite management, senior leadership teams, internal/external stakeholders and also direct line reports. I am passionate about development and growing relationships whilst driving inclusion and diversity. I believe everyone should have the same access to support regardless of background and love the work that Braid Health and Wellbeing promotes in supporting elderly, vulnerable and sometimes isolated individuals.
The pandemic was a very unsettling period of time for everyone and I decided that I wanted to give something back to the community and share some of my skills and knowledge. I was delighted when an opportunity to join the Board at Braid Health and Wellbeing became available almost 18 months ago. I have worked in the field of HR for almost 15 years and enjoy supporting and developing people to see them reach their full potential. I have a very strong process background and I ask lots of questions to ensure that everyone understands the bigger picture.
I applied to Braid Health and Wellbeing as I wanted to give something back by making a difference to local and older people within my local community.
Over the years I have gained experience from working in all aspects of Human Resources both within the private and public sectors. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I have worked at various organisations including the UK, HR Director and sitting on the Board of Directors for Menzies Distribution Ltd and the HR Director for the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, responsible for a large team based throughout Scotland.
Not only experienced in H.R, but I also have responsibility and experience in payroll, health and safety, organisational change and development together with recruitment learning and development. From the extensive knowledge, experience and skills gained, I wanted to share these with Braid Health and Wellbeing to help grow and develop the Charity further.