Meet the Board

Christine Johnson

Chair

Christine's career path spans both the private and third sector. Working for 28 years in Bank of Scotland in various roles, leading to Director Product and Relationship Management. Moving to the Charity sector with Bethany Christian Trust, a homeless charity, where she was the Income Generation Director, responsible for bringing in 50% of the income to run the charity. Christine retired early, as her MS was making full time work difficult. She have three grown up daughters, an elderly mum in Aberdeen that she helps look after, a long suffering husband, and a lovely collie dog, Molly!

Jayne Laidlaw

Managing Director

Simon Conway

Non-executive Director

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.

Annette Monaghan

Non-executive Director

Annette worked for 21 years with the NHS in Scotland. She has had various roles in the voluntary sector. Currently she is enjoying retirement – learning Spanish, cycling, playing bridge and a busy social life. As well as being a Trustee with Equal Futures, she volunteers with Housing Options Scotland. She has two grown up children and a cat.

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