Our Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are currently:
Lois Aitkenhead (Secretary)
Lois trained as a Primary teacher and developed skills in teaching dyslexic children working in the Assessment Unit of the children’s hospital at Yorkhill, Glasgow. During this time she was actively involved with the Scottish Council for Civil Liberties particularly in relation to Children’s Rights and developed her thinking about child development and education. Later she trained and worked with Marriage Guidance (later to become Couple Counselling) and this led to further interest and training in Psychodynamic work, in the main with SIHR. She has worked as a counsellor in the NHS within Dumfries and Galloway and as a student counsellor at Glasgow University. Her association with Couple Counselling is now restricted to supervision work.
Lesley Boyd (Treasurer)
Lesley worked as an occupational therapist in mental health services before progressing to a career in general management in the health service. This latterly included tackling health inequalities as a national priority requiring effective collaboration with service users and partners from a variety of agencies in the statutory, voluntary and private sector. She maintains a long-term interest in human relations work and in understanding the processes which impact on the effectiveness of working at an individual, group and organisational levels. She recently managed a Sutherland Trust organisational consultancy project in the public sector.
Sharan is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice in Edinburgh. She has spent the last five years in the voluntary sector as a therapist having previously being involved in the establishment and management of a counselling centre in the charity sector. She has recently completed a Masters on the invitational quality of shame and is interested in continuing research on the role of shame within the therapeutic and supervisory relationship.
Maura Daly (Convenor)
Maura is a social worker who has worked in a range of children and families’ social work settings in both the statutory and voluntary sectors for over 30 years, both as a practitioner and as a manager. Her primary area of interest is the helping relationship. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the social work professional identity.
Gilly began her career in learning support and developed to providing intensive support to young people avoiding the need for residential care eventually becoming the Co-ordinator of Pilton Youth Project. She moved to tutoring on youth work at Telford College and then to the role of Service Manager at Family Service Unit (now Circle) working with vulnerable young families. Latterly she has developed counselling skills with children and young people and has recently worked with older people and veterans. Currently she is working as a school-based counsellor. The Sutherland Trust helped fund some of her training before she joined as a Trustee.
Ellen worked in local-authority social work. Her specialism was mental health in a range of practitioner and managerial roles. Latterly she was a Strategic Planning and Commissioning Officer for the Joint Lothian Mental Health Programme working collaboratively in a local authority, NHS, and third sector context. She retains an interest in organisational development themes, and how they dovetail with human relation principles and practice.
Harriet began her career in the NHS as a midwife, then as a facilitator of systems improvement in the NHS in Scotland. After taking a Masters focused on leadership in healthcare she is now head of organisational development and learning in the Scottish Government. She undertakes a variety of work in team dynamics and leadership as well as contributing to designing and implementing organisational wide change using a human relations-based approach.
A Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Medical Humanities in the School of Critical Studies in the University of Glasgow where he directs the Medical Humanities Research Centre. His research interests primarily engage the medical humanities – those areas of the humanities that complement, contextualize and critique biomedical accounts of human nature, health and well-being. He also writes about literal theory (particularly psychoanalytical theory), contemporary fiction (including science fiction) and Scottish literature.
Graham is a recently retired NHS Mental Health Service manager with a clinical background in mental health nursing. For most of his career he worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and between 2010 and 2012 was seconded to the Scottish Government as the National CAMHS Advisor. He has recently been appointed as an Independent Prison Monitor.
Eilish Garland Munro
Eilish has teaching, lecturing, coaching and mediation experience as a trained teacher, qualified mediator, psychodynamic counsellor and executive coach. She was formerly a senior manager in City of Edinburgh Council with responsibility for conflict resolution services across all education sectors. She now works as an independent consultant. She is involved in staff training, executive coaching and mediation services in the private, public and voluntary sectors and as a mediator in the Sheriff Court Edinburgh.
Helen Ross (Vice Convenor)
Helen is an independent organisational consultant and executive coach. Her specialism is in the transformation of public services in Scotland. Helen is a qualified Organisational Transactional Analyst and applies psychodynamic thinking in her assessments and interventions. She supports people to work with the patterns, themes and deeper meanings that currently shape their relationships and the situations they encounter and which appear to inhibit or obstruct the outcomes to which they aspire. She works in both the public and private sector.