Alison is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with over 20 years experience of all aspects of HR issues. Having worked in different organisations, including the last 10 years at senior management level, she has experience of dealing with recruitment through to redundancy as well as culture change and providing and delivering training and development opportunities. She also has over 10 years experience as a Charity Trustee which includes being Chair of Trustees for a charity in Dundee for 4 years during a period of significant growth.
Meet our Trustees
David is Professor of Pathology, University of St Andrews, Director of Laboratory Medicine in NHS Lothian and a Board member of the Scottish Lifesciences Association. He is chair of Medical Research Scotland, a grant giving research charity; chair of advisors to the Melville Trust Cancer Research Charity; scientific advisor to the Cunningham Trust and a Board and Audit Committee member of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. He formerly chaired The Nazareth Trust, a Scottish charity which operates a nursing school and hospital in Israel. He is married to Jane and has two grown up daughters.
Lin is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was an officer in the Armed Forces for over 20 years, specialising in officer recruiting, selection and training and language training policy. After a career change, she is now an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, teaching Child Psychology and Childhood Studies. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Aid, Orkney.
Finance & Business Development
Mark has over 20 years’ experience in global marketing, commercial and strategic roles. He has spent the past 15 years based in the UK and Spain in a variety of senior roles within The Edrington Group, a company owned by The Robertson Trust. Mark is married with 3 children, and lives close to St Andrews.
Ronnie has been working in the energy sector for over 30 years, with a number of assignments overseas. His focus over the last 15 years has been on renewable energy technologies and during this period he has held senior management positions in small and large organisations. Ronnie is currently a Non-Executive Director for a number of UK based companies, including the trade organisation Scottish Renewables. He is also the Senior Independent Director at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult which is based in Glasgow.
Ronnie was born and raised in Fife, and currently resides in Lundin Links with his wife.
Barbara is a retired Primary School Teacher. While in Hong Kong, her experience in education included teaching English to Chinese students and Vietnamese refugees and teaching in an International Primary School. She is involved in Children’s Church and has led this area of Ministry. Barbara volunteered with CAP in Edinburgh for several years, working alongside families
Finance and Business Development
Ian is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews.
Tony Jeavons is a retired Headteacher with 35 years’ experience of working with young people aged 11-18 years. He recently moved to St Andrews from Cornwall with his wife Ruth to be nearer to their children and 5 grandchildren. He continues to be involved in a variety of voluntary community work locally and is an active member of the Baptist Church in St Andrews.
Charity Trustees are the people in overall control and management of a charity. They may be called directors, management committee members or committee members, but the law considers them to be ‘charity trustees’. They are responsible for the charity’s governance and strategy, and for making sure that the charity is administered effectively. They must account for its activities and outcomes.
- To liaise with other charitable sector agencies, local authorities, UK or Scottish Government departments and agencies and other organisations to further Families First’s objectives.
- To ensure that Families First complies with the requirements of the law in relation to Companies House, and in particular the Office of Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) regulations.