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.

Louise Kelly

Role: Trustee
Bio:

Louise has a lifetime interest in how we improve what we do and how we can be supported to put learning into practice. Louise started her working career as a teacher in a large Dublin secondary school. Having completed a Masters in Education at Trinity College, Dublin, she contributed to establishing a new PE curriculum for secondary schools, a national standard for the health/fitness industry in Ireland and worked with Ireland’s Departments of Justice and Defence to introduce a greater ‘wellness’ approach to fitness for instructors, officers and prisoners. Louise also worked on a new national certification for people with disabilities who completed work based training programmes.

Moving to Scotland, Louise spent time contributing to improving services, fostering positive leadership and staff experiences, and developing values based experiential programmes for Social Care staff so that services better fit the wishes of those experiencing care.

Louise is currently leading a national Care Inspectorate improvement  programme. This supports care professionals, people experiencing care and their friends and family to work together to increase health, well being and mobility.

Louise lives in Edinburgh with her family, loves reading, being outdoors and keeping active. She also enjoys meeting 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.

Katie Black

Role: Trustee
Bio:

Katie worked in event marketing and sponsorship before retraining as a teacher.  She began her teaching career in the London Borough of Newham where she spent five years teaching in a large mainstream school with a resource base for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. She then moved on to become the Service Manager of a provision for primary aged children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties in Dagenham.  Later, as an advisor for the local authority, she worked with schools providing training for staff in supporting young people with a range of special educational needs.

In 2017 Katie moved to Edinburgh with her husband and three small children. Her young family keep her busy but she continues to support schools as a consultant/ trainer.

Katie lives locally and loves walking with her dog and children along the Water of Leith to Balerno.