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:

Graeme Dalziel

Role: Interim Chair
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.

Jennifer Scott

Role: Trustee
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.

 

Louise Kelly

Role: Trustee
Bio:

Louise has a lifetime interest in our human capacity to learn and grow. Louise started her working career as a teacher in a large Dublin secondary school. She then completed a Masters in Education with an emphasis on management at Trinity College, Dublin. From here, Louise moved to establish a national standard for the health/fitness industry in Ireland, which included work in prisons and with Ireland’s  Department of Defence.

Following some time abroad, Louise worked on national certification for work based training programmes for people with disabilities. Moving to Scotland, Louise contributed to changing services and approaches and developing values based development programmes for Social Care staff.

Louise is currently Head of Learning and Professional Development for ENABLE Scotland. She loves walking outdoors and keeping active. She also enjoys sitting down with friends for a blether and a good cup of coffee.

Joanne McMeeking

Role: Trustee
Bio:

Joanne graduated in 1992 as a social worker. Her career began in local authority Children and Families teams. Joanne moved to Barnardo’s and worked with young people at risk of moving to residential placements. In 2007 Joanne took up the post of Professional Development Manager for the Children and Families workforce in Stirling Council.  In 2011 she was seconded to the Scottish Government, Care and Justice Division as a Professional Advisor and had the policy lead for Corporate Parenting and Throughcare/Aftercare. Joanne is currently Head of Professional Development at CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland). This role focuses on the considered implementation of learning and development for the looked after child care sector, dissemination of evidence informed practice and knowledge exchange.

Outside work Joanne has a passion for gardening which takes up most of her free time, and has an aspiration to appear in the fabled RHS “yellow book”.

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.

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.