Board of Trustees

The directors of Harmeny Education Trust Limited are selected, through a rigorous recruitment process, on the basis of their experience and ability to contribute to the charity’s work. The Board meets regularly and has appointed sub-committees covering the principal aspects of the Trust’s operations. The current Board members are as follows:

Jennifer Scott

Role:Chair
Bio:

Jennifer started her career in 1972 as a secondary teacher in Strathclyde Region, and moved into the role of guidance teacher when this was still a new concept in schools. Following the birth of her children she worked as senior housemistress in a girls’ boarding school in Edinburgh. In 1992, she joined Lothian Region Social Work Department as an assistant manager of a residential child care centre in Bathgate. From 2001 she held various management positions, becoming West Lothian Council’s Head of Social Work Services in 2010.

Although responsible for all areas of social work, Jennifer never lost sight of the importance of ensuring children are given the best possible support to ensure they achieve their maximum potential. She is passionate about children’s rights and supported the development of the forum for Looked After Children from 2002, of which she was granted honorary membership in 2013. Following her retirement in 2015 Jennifer was appointed as Independent Chair of West Lothian’s Public Protection Committee.  Since retiring Jennifer enjoys having more time to spend with her grandchildren, loves pottering in her garden and reading.

 

Graeme Dalziel

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Graeme is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in the business world mainly in Senior Management and Executive roles in the Scottish Financial Services sector. He is a past winner of the Finance Director of the Year Award for unlisted companies in Scotland and in 2004 was appointed HRH Prince of Wales Ambassador for Scottish Business in the Community. Most recently Graeme has been “bringing academic theory to life” for both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Glasgow Caledonian University and has, in this capacity, experienced teaching  subjects such as Corporate Finance ,Ethics and Governance in Glasgow, London and throughout China. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Management of Lauder College, Dunfermline (now Fife College) , and a former member of CBI Scotland Council and a variety of other bodies.

As a resident of Balerno for over 30 years Graeme has seen, from a local community perspective ,the dynamic growth and development of Harmeny.

David Cathie

Role:Trustee
Bio:

After a long and successful career in finance and wealth management, including serving as chief executive of a number of regulated businesses, David joined the Board of Trustees in March 2016. David’s main interests include corporate governance and the management of risk inherent within all operational entities. David served as chairman of the Barnardo’s Development Board, Scotland, from 2005 to 2010 and in 2008 was appointed a Vice President of Barnardo’s UK, a position he continues to hold to this day.

Bill Keil

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Bill Keil who joined the Board of Trustees in October 2015, recently retired as Head of Legal at Cairn Energy Plc after 18 years with the company. He was on the Board of HIV Scotland for three years and has been involved in fundraising for various charities, including Scottish European Aid, Mary’s Meals, Maggie’s Cancer Centres and Capability Scotland. He is presently studying part-time for a MSC in History at Edinburgh University.

Ian Forbes

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Ian qualified as an architect in 1988 while working for the Bamber Gray Partnership and set up his own practice in 1994. His Architectural Practice has designed and project managed a variety of projects from residential houses and extensions to commercial developments, and from warehouses to pubs, including new builds and refurbishments. Prior to becoming a Trustee in January 2015, Ian assisted with the refurbishment of a residential cottage and redevelopment of the Old Headmasters Lodge at Harmeny, to create multi-use office spaces, therapeutic spaces and a accommodation for families when they visit.

Anne Gibson

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Anne has a professional background in education and community learning and development, working in leadership roles across local and national government, the third sector and the independent care and education sector.

As a HM Inspector of Education, she had a lead role for inclusion and developing the young workforce nationally.  Anne has contributed to several ministerial working groups and has led national government initiatives including the development of schools and youth work partnerships.  Anne’s skills and expertise lie in organisational development and continuous improvement, quality assurance, building leadership and management capacity, professional learning and development, community engagement and participation, and developing partnerships.

Anne has also worked in partnership with the Care Inspectorate in conducting services to protect children and children’s services inspections.

Ann Jacob-Chandler

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Ann’s professional background is in delivering major infrastructure and change programmes, and has experience of working with UK Government, Scottish Government, local authorities and major utility companies across the UK, Ireland, and South Asia.  She currently works for Scottish Futures Trust as an Associate Director supporting the delivery of the £2bn Learning Estate Investment Programme and the £1bn Early Years Expansion Infrastructure Programme.  She was previously Territory Programme Director for Scottish Futures Trust within the hub programme.

Ann has a specific interest in delivering better outcomes for communities through sustainable infrastructure investments that drive inclusive growth. Ann is currently pursuing a part time MSc in Applied Economics to help support her focus in this area.

Outside of work, Ann spends her time juggling her children’s extensive social life and reading up on child development, educational philosophies and economics thought pieces. Ann is passionate about improving the outcomes for Care Experienced children and young people and is very much enjoying working with Harmeny.

Anna Vaughan

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Anna has a professional marketing background, working for NatWest Group, managing large-scale marketing and sponsorship campaigns for the Group’s full brand portfolio across NatWest, Royal Bank, Coutts and Ulster Bank.

Since 2002, Anna has held a number of varied communications roles, managing both internal and external communications teams.  Before specialising in financial services, Anna started her career in advertising in New York.  She now plays an active role in Scotland’s marketing community, being made a Fellow of the Marketing Society, Scotland in 2019.

She is delighted to join Harmeny’s Board in 2021.

Gillian Cockburn

Role:Trustee
Bio:

Gillian is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience in the business world. She gained her CA qualification with PwC whilst working on a variety of audit and controls reporting engagements.

Since 2009, Gillian has worked at NatWest specialising in corporate finance activities. She has extensive experience in financial analysis, debt structuring and credit risk management.

Gillian is a local Balerno resident with two young daughters. She joined the Board in June 2021.