Meet the Board

Jayne Laidlaw

Managing Director

Jayne’s career in the Voluntary sector began over 30 years ago. She trained in Community Development at the University of Glasgow and holds further qualifications in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Contemporary Scottish Law, and Leadership. She is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has a keen interest in developing people’s potential in the workplace and in the wider community. Jayne previously worked for the NSPCC and held accountability for efficiency workstreams on their transformational change program before becoming a Public Appointee. As Head of the National Confidential Forum she heard formal testimony from people who experienced institutional care during childhood, published findings reports and made policy and practice recommendations to Scottish Government. Jayne has two grown up sons and enjoys being outdoors on long scenic walks or open water swimming in all seasons.

Simon Conway

Interim Chair

Patricia McClure

Non-executive Director

Educated in Northern Ireland and trained as a Paediatrician at Edinburgh University, specialising in Community Paediatrics, and neuro-developmental disability. Her previous role as a Consultant Paediatrician in NHS Lothian involved the development and organisation of Learning Disability Services for children and young people. She established, and was the Clinical Lead for, the CEN NMCN (National Care Network in Scotland for Children with Exceptional Health Care Needs). She continues teaching and researching, and has a special interest in Children and Young People with additional support needs, FASD ( Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), and Sleep.

Julie Golding

Non-executive Director

Julie has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years, working with charities such as Home Start, Bethany Christian Trust and Volunteer Edinburgh. She is passionately committed to volunteering in all its forms and her current role at Volunteer Edinburgh allows her to promote good practice in volunteer management.

Gillian Brown

Non-executive Director

With almost 30 years legal experience, Gillian is a Partner in Morison Solicitors’ Private Client Team. She is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Incapacity and Mental Disability Law. Her particular area of specialism is working with adults who lack capacity, families supporting those adults and people living with learning and physical disabilities, as well as all aspects of caring for older people. Gillian sits on Morison’s Executive Management Group. She is a Trustee of Mainstay Trust Ltd which provides support to people with a learning or physical disability and their family carers.

Ken McGown

Non-executive Director

Steven Whalley

Alex Hewitt