Our Staff & Trustees

The Board consists of 12 Trustees who represent a wide range of disciplines essential to the running of the Trust. There are 3 Board meetings held annually.

Executive Director: Lynsay Allan

Lynsay joins the Trust from her role leading on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Lynsay, a Radiographer by trade, has been involved in many research activities during her career. Special research interests have included trauma injury scoring with post-mortem radiography which formed the basis of her thesis for an MSc in forensic medicine. After 10 years specialising in MRI an opportunity saw Lynsay moving away from clinical duties to manage a national project funded by Macmillan. Here she developed a fast track referral for patients with malignant spinal cord compression and a national teaching resource. She also developed a taste for working on important causes which although not common do have a huge impact on those they touch. Lynsay then seized the opportunity to work on the SUDI project and hasn’t looked back since. She has a close working relationship with many professionals from the various agencies involved when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly and has been involved in SUDI Reviews since 2011. A highlight was presenting her work on the SUDI Scotland toolkit at an international SUDI conference.

Lynsay’s motto is “Go to work every day with fire in your belly”.

Lynsay can be contacted at [email protected]

Fundraiser: *Position now filled*

We have recently appointed a new Fundraiser. Our new staff member will be joining us later in October. Exciting times ahead for fundraising with the Trust!

National Education Co-ordinator: Martin Courtney

Martin joined SCDT in April 2018. His main remit is the development and delivery of education sessions across Scotland. This includes ‘safe sleep’ and ‘reduce the risk’ messaging across professional audiences and the general public.

Following a decade working in the education sector, Martin has spent the last few years working with charities on a range of marketing, fundraising, and development projects.

Finance Officer: Shona Latto

Shona started with the Trust at the beginning of 2014 and deals with all things finance.

Administrator: Catherine Anderson

Catherine came into post in October 2014. She can be the first point of contact with the Trust and is in charge of organising the day to day running of the office, keeping track of the apnoea monitors, ensuring they are available when requested and chasing them back up when they are due for return or servicing. Catherine also works closely with the National Education Co-ordinator and the professionals involved after a sudden unexpected death and can be the first point of contact for a new family being referred for support. Catherine also helps to coordinate the Trust’s small team of befrienders, the office volunteers and is responsible for keeping the website and social media pages up to date.

Support Worker: Franny Mawditt

Franny has worked with the Trust for around 6 years as both a Supervisor and Counsellor. She is now a Support Worker for the Trust in the West of Scotland.

For many years Franny was a teacher, working in both Scotland and England. She then re-trained as a Counsellor. Franny is married to Robert and they have a very lively dog called Talisker, a Gordon Setter. She is a member at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. Franny enjoys meeting people, as well as hill walking and going to the cinema.

Support Worker: Debbie Tinkler

Debbie decided to train to be a counsellor after suffering severe post natal depression 28 years ago. Eventually completing her training, Debbie set up and ran a counselling service for 7 years in Perth. She has been involved with bereavement counselling through her volunteering with Cruse and a small involvement with SANDS a number of years ago. Currently, she works as a supervisor for Cruse and works in private practice. Debbie is also accredited with BACP.

Debbie loves walking, especially on the beach close to her home, and most things crafty, however, she is never without a knitting project or two. She’s also thinking about setting up a ‘knit and natter’ for locals who knit or want too. Relationships are very important to Debbie and a good catch up coffee with family and friends is always a priority in her diary.

Support Worker: Maggie Edwards

After several years working in a variety of supportive and advisory roles, Maggie undertook formal counselling training. Recently qualified, she is a member of the BACP. At present she is a volunteer Counsellor with CHAS based at the children hospice Rachael House and also delivers counselling for a free generic counselling service in Perth.

She continues to work part time for MND Scotland supporting those affected by MND and their families. In her own time she enjoys singing with a small community choir, walking on the hills and spending time with her family and friends.

“I am fortunate in all my roles to continue to meet amazing people with individual personal strengths”.

Maggie is now our Support Worker for the North of Scotland.

Chairman & Trustee: Dr Mary Ray

Dr Mary Ray became chairman in February 2018, having been a trustee since 2013. Mary has worked in Paediatrics for the last 32 years and as a Consultant for last 18 years. Mary is a General Paediatrician with an interest in Rheumatology. Mary’s role encompasses the care of children, dealing with their carers and parents, and training of junior doctors and nurses and other allied professionals, and as a senior examiner for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

In these years, Mary has had experience of many families who have been bereaved with the loss of a child and the pain that goes with it.

Mary was on the board of trustees of CHAS (Childrens’ Hospice Association of Scotland) and held the post of Vice Chairman. Mary stepped down from the CHAS Board in Sept 2013 after 10 years with the charity.

Trustee: Miss Agnes Malone

Agnes has a varied and impressive background, which started in nursing and developed into senior management roles both in the UK and abroad. On returning to the UK in 1980, she spent two years nursing in Roxburgh House, the adult hospice in Dundee, followed by posts with Tayside Regional Council Social Work Department, developing services for the elderly and the Archdiocese of Glasgow Social Services where latterly she was appointed Director of Social Services. Her most recent post was Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospice Association (CHAS), from which she retired in February 2006. Agnes has many interests and currently holds additional Trusteeships with the Pastoral Care Trust (Archdiocese of Glasgow) and the Mungo Foundation.

Trustee: Annie Hair

Annie is a health visitor in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Chair of the Community Practitioners & Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) Scotland.

Annie has a wealth of experience in community nursing, and her current role as lead involves teaching and HR.

Annie is a Scottish representative for Unite.

Trustee: Alastair McLean

Alastair McLean is a Chartered Wealth Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He has a law degree from The University of Dundee as well as an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business. Alastair joined Rathbones in 2015 and has over 25 years of experience in private client investment management.

Trustee: Ms Yvonne Millman

Yvonne was born and brought up in London. Having graduated from Nottingham University, she began her working life in social work in and around London. In March 1996 she had her first child, Sam, who tragically died aged 10 weeks as the result of a cot death. As most bereaved parents know, the following months were a daily struggle: searching for reasons, wondering “what if….” and generally lacking in interest in many things that had previously been so central in life. Fortunately, Yvonne was referred by her Health visitor to a local parent support group which met monthly. This helped enormously both in the months following the cot death and also when Yvonne became pregnant with her next child, Daniel.

In 1988, Yvonne and her family moved to Aberdeen. After the birth of her daughter, Leah, in the winter of 1988, Yvonne was asked by two community midwives if she would consider setting up a support group in Aberdeen. She co-ordinated the support and fundraising aspects of this group for seven years, as well as helping with befriender training days.

Today, Yvonne has three children Daniel (28) Leah (25) and Aaron (19). She is a lecturer in the school of Applied Social Studies at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Trustee: DCI Adrian Lawrie

Adrian is a retired Detective Chief Inspector with Police Scotland and served for thirty-seven years. During his career Adrian mainly specialised in CID duties investigating a broad range serious crime.

For the last fifteen years of his service Adrian specialised in child and adult protection and the management of registered sex offenders. His drive and commitment to public protection led to membership on a number of Scottish Government groups including the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy national reference group in 2010 and continued to the end of his service at the end of March 2014.

Adrian gained an MSc in Child Care and Protection from the University of Dundee in 2012 and continues to improve his skills and knowledge to protect vulnerable people from harm.

Adrian has a teenage daughter who is a competitive swimmer and Adrian and his wife are volunteer judges with Scottish Swimming supporting local, regional and national competitions and their daughter’s club.

Trustee: Sue Bomphray

Sue joined Barclays in 2014 and is HR Director within Personal Banking responsible for the Offshore and Premier businesses.

She brings a diverse range of commercial, functional and consultancy experience gained across a number of sectors. Her career commenced at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and she spent six years as an Army Officer in operational and HR roles. After leaving the army Sue spent time at Compaq/Hewlett Packard in a variety of roles, then an entrepreneurial IT outsourcing company as HR Director and subsequently Managing Director followed by a year as an HR consultant working with the MOD and NHS. Sue joined National Australia Group in 2008 as Head of HR for Business, Private, Corporate, IFA and International Banking.

Sue is a member of the CIPD and lead for the Barclays military network in Scotland. She enjoys running, baking and spending time with her family.

Trustee: Dr Dawn Penman

Dr Dawn Penman, a Perinatal and Paediatric Pathologist working in the Pathology Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, joins our Board of Trustees. Dawn brings with her a wealth of expertise in Paediatric Pathology of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy. She has informed the work of various national groups including the Scottish Government SUDI working group. Dawn presented at last year’s SUDI summit, where her talk was very well received by the various disciplines attending. Dawn also brings her experience of working with families in helping them by answering questions they have about their child’s post mortem. We are delighted to have Dawn on the Board.

Trustee: Wilma Carragher

Wilma is looking forward to the next step of her journey, having been a supporter of the Trust since 2010. She has developed a niche for fundraising and has worked closely with the Community Fundraiser to raise not only money, but awareness of cot death.

Wilma’s inspiration is her son Andrew, who passed away in 1990 and her motivation and passion is to ensure that any family who have experienced the devastation of a sudden death of their child are supported throughout their journey and that anyone who cares for a young child is aware of how to reduce the risks of a cot death happening.

Sharing Andrew’s short life and the impact his death had on his 2 older brothers, Chris and Liam, and his younger brother Jamie has enabled Wilma to raise the funds required to produce 2 children’s books designed to support siblings.

Rory’s Star focuses on the children that have lived through the loss of their brother or sister and Andrew’s Rainbow concentrates on the children who are born after – both books aim to help families explain the inexplicable.

Wilma represents bereaved families on the Board and we know she will contribute greatly to progressing the aims of the Trust.

Trustee: Alexis Graham

Alexis is a member of Dentons’ Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation practice, based in the Firm’s Glasgow office. She specializes in all aspects of estate planning and asset protection including the administration and formation of trusts, preparation of wills and powers of attorney, inheritance tax mitigation and executry administration. She has a particular interest in charity law and has considerable experience dealing with contentious and complex executries.
Alexis is also a Notary Public and a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Alexis also has an Advance Certificate in Family Business Advising (Distinction awarded).

Co-opted Trustee: Dr Tom Turner

Tom joined the board in 2005 as a Trustee and member of the scientific advisory committee. Tom was a Consultant Paediatrician in Glasgow at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Queen Mother’s Hospital, where he worked for almost thirty years. He has a particular interest in the care of newborn infants and was the Clinical Director for the Queen Mother’s Hospital for several years. He represented his colleagues on a number of important National Committees and was Advisor to the Scottish Executive on maternity and children’s services. Dr Turner has also been actively involved in the education of doctors and nursing colleagues. He has a grown up family and several grandchildren. His main recreations are walking and gardening.