Staff team & Board of Trustees

Development Workers & Office Staff

Margaret Murphy - Chief Executive

Email: margaret.murphy@youngcarers.org.uk

Experience and education:

I have worked in the Third Sector for 27 years and have loved every minute.  My Career started with Apex Scotland where I worked as a Senior Manager in the Community and in the prisons across Scotland. This project supported people who were offenders, ex-offenders or young people at risk of offending. After 13 years there, I moved on to work for Fairbridge in Scotland as a Senior Manager for the Edinburgh based project for 10 years.  This project focused on outdoor education and support for young people who were having difficulties maintaining school or having other difficulties in their lives.  In October 2012 I was successful in securing the role of Chief Executive of Edinburgh Young Carers and I am privileged to direct an amazing staff team.

Best thing about working for EYC:

Although this job definitely has its challenges due to us working in times of austerity, the rewards are endless due to the amazing young carers we work with. 

Children laughing is the best part, seeing them having fun, smiling and hearing those giggles.  You can’t help but smile 

 


Jamie Faichney - 12-15 Youth Development Worker

Email: jamie.faichney@youngcarers.org.uk

Experience and Education:

I have been a youth worker for a number of years and still love it. I have worked as a freelance media worker before becoming a youth worker. As part of my job i update the Website and Facebook where possible. I regularly update my skills to remain relevant in youth work - recent courses have been Assist suicide Prevention, Mental Health toolkit, various Train the Trainer courses and Introduction to Counselling.

I have a BA(Hons) Film and Media from Queen Margaret University and Msc Community Education from Edinburgh University.

Best thing about working for EYC:

The young people are lovely and the boss is awesome!

 


Tina Hedley - Drug and Alcohol Worker

Email: Tina.Hedley@youngcarers.org.uk                                            

Experience and education:

I have worked in Edinburgh in a wide range of jobs.  My time has been spent working with women who have experienced domestic abuse, social care, youth work and with women (with children) in recovery.  I have completed a wide range of courses and have several qualifications in Community Education.

Best thing about working for EYCP:

Is the young people

 


Shona James - Schools Development Worker

Email: shona.james@youngcarers.org.uk 

Experience and education:

I have worked in Edinburgh as a youth worker or support worker since 1997.  My time has been spent as a Personal Care Assistant, a Support Worker for Adults with Additional Support Needs and a Youth Worker.  I have completed courses in Mental Health First Aid, Alcohol Brief Interventions, Mental Health, Child Protection, Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Emergency First Aid and other courses around Play, Arts and Crafts and Food Hygiene.

I have a BA Hons in Community Education from Moray House, Edinburgh University.

Best thing about working for EYC:

The young people are amazing, they are so positive, kind and caring.  I also get to be messy with glue and glitter! The team are very supportive and it is a lovely environment here. I feel very fortunate that I love my job J

 


Daiva Kriauzaite - Finance and Administration

Email: daiva@youngcarers.org.uk                                                      

Experience and education:

Qualified with HND in Administration & IT, all-round administrator with a keen interest in finance.

Best thing about working for EYC:

Two days are never the same

 


Amy McKinnon - 5-9 Development Worker

Email: amy.mckinnon@youngcarers.org.uk                     

Experience and education:

I started my career as an ‘Education Officer’ for a youth theatre in West Lothian where I then went onto study to become a Primary Teacher. I taught in various schools throughout Scotland and the North of England. A move to Edinburgh brought me to work for Edinburgh Young Carers Project, I started as maternity cover but was lucky enough to be able to stay and over three years later I am still here!

I have a BA in Community Arts and a PGDE in Primary Teaching.

Best thing about working for EYC:

I love my role at EYC, the young people are fantastic and get to work alongside them is by far the best part of the job!

 


Kirsty Miguda - Schools Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

Email: kirsty.miguda@youngcarers.org.uk                                           

Experience and education:

I have worked with children and young people for around 15 years. My background is in youth work and in law, having qualified as a solicitor and practised in family and child law. I also have a BSc (Hons) in psychology. I have worked with children and young people in a variety of groups and settings, from children who are visiting relatives in prison, to a community group promoting race equality, to co-directing a primary school choir.  My particular interest in working with young carers stems from my personal experience of caring for a sibling. I have been in post as maternity cover for the Schools Project Manager since July 2016.

Best thing about working for EYC:

The fantastic team – you are always greeted with a smile and a chat when you enter the office…and occasionally by a meerkat or arctic fox from Cool Creatures!

 


Christy Mulvaney - Drug and Alcohol Worker

Email: christy.mulvaney@youngcarers.org.uk                                     

Experience and education:

My background education is Fine Art and counselling.  I have worked with children and young people for a number of years.

Best thing about working for EYC:

I enjoy meeting new children and young people.

 


Suzanne Newall - 9-12 Development Worker

Email: Suzanne.newall@youngcarers.org.uk                      

Experience and education:

I graduated with an MA in Sociology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Community Education. I have worked in various fields for around 17 years. I have worked in youth and community work in both USA and the UK and this has ranged from young people at risk of exclusion, asylum seekers and refugees, those affected by mental health, disability, employment and I will be celebrating my 5th year with Edinburgh Young Carers this year.

Best thing about working for EYC:

I get great job satisfaction from working with the young people and I enjoy the flexibility EYC is able to provide for young people to create tailor made support for the young person’s needs. It is great to see them develop, progress and gain confidence.

 


Lois Ratcliffe - 16+ Worker (Job share)

Email: Lois.Ratcliffe@youngcarers.org.uk                                            

Experience and education:

I have over 15 years experience in youth work, spending my first 10 in London working with the local authority and youth parliaments. I have also worked for social services, youth offending teams and schools helping to support young people to express their opinions about the services they receive. I have been in EYC for over 4 years now starting with family and young carers work but also across all ages I now mainly work with young adult carers over 16.

I have studied musical theatre, furniture craft and received my masters in youth and community work from Brunel university in 2014.

Best thing about working for EYC:

The challenging and creative environment which breeds a lot of new and innovative ways of working and thinking. Great team, partners and most importantly young people!

 


Morag Selby - 16+ Worker (Job share)

Email: Morag.Selby@youngcarers.org.uk

Experience and Education:

I have worked in Edinburgh and the Lothians as a support or advice worker since 2004. This has included working in a tenancy support setting with vulnerable adults facing or at risk of homelessness; supporting and encouraging young people to identify and achieve their goals within a housing and support service; providing support, advice and guidance to care leavers within a Throughcare & Aftercare team and working as a Financial Inclusion Worker for a year before joining the EYC team.

I have an MA in Sociology from the University of Glasgow and an SVQ in Health and Social Care (Adults) Level 3.  Most recently, I have completed courses in Mental Health, Emergency First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Best thing about working for EYC:

Working alongside a lovely team with a great group of young people!

 


Gary Shaw (Sessional)

Email: gary.shaw@youngcarers.org.uk                                                

Experience and education:

I am currently a student studying BA Hons Community Education at Edinburgh University.  I have worked at EYCP since April 2015 and support the 5-9 and 12-15 development workers to deliver group sessions with the young people.  I also work part-time supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. I have completed a variety of courses to give me an insight into the issues that young people face within today’s society.

Best thing about working for EYC:

It doesn’t feel like work!!!

The Board of Trustees

 

Ronnie Hill - Chair

I bring over 40 years experience of social work and children's services. My previous roles include Director of Children's Services at the Care Commission and with a Scottish local authority. I have extensive experience of the voluntary sector, as a regulator and as a senior manager. Currently I am Associate Director of the Health and Social Care Alliance. I also act as the Third Sector Policy Implementation Advisor to the Scottish Government GIRFEC Team. 
I am a passionate advocate of listening to children and young people and I believe in building on the strengths of children and their families.  In my role as the chair of the board of trustees, and with fellow board members, I want to work in partnership with the CEO, staff, children, young people and their families to build and sustain a dynamic organisation that provides great support that meets young carers changing needs.

 

Rachel Nicholson – Vice Chair

I have been a board member for 3.5 years. I have recently become the Board's Vice Chair and am delighted to take on some further responsibility. I currently work at the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman as an Executive Casework Officer, and am involved in high profile investigations of public bodies as well as running quality assurance and service improvement programmes within my organisation. My background is in law; I trained as a criminal prosecution lawyer with the Crown Office and worked in a variety of criminal justice organisations. I really enjoy my involvement with EYC given the incredibly important support and encouragement it gives to young carers and their families, as well as the wider work it does in terms of promoting awareness about the carer role. I currently live in South Queensferry with my husband and 1 year old daughter. 
 

Steven Smillie - Treasurer

I joined the board in January 2012 and as the Trustee Treasurer I have a particular interest in the financial health of the charity and  ensuring that we implement best practice in regard to governance and follow applicable laws and regulations. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant by trade and work as an audit manager in the Edinburgh office of a national firm of accountants. I have enjoyed my time on the board and truly appreciate the dedication and hard work that the employees and other volunteers put into ensuring that the charity makes a demonstrateable improvement in the lives of young carers in Edinburgh.

For several years I have been involved in running and playing with a local community badminton club.

 

Sandra Blake

I have been a board member of EYC since 2010. I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years, principally in Edinburgh Citizens Advice Bureau. I was appointed National Co-ordinator for a Scottish Government initiative to deliver specialist advice to Kinship Carers. I was vice convenor of EVOC and a trustee with ELTF.

My work with Kinship Carers alerted me to circumstances where young people were placed, or were living with elderly, sometimes infirm relatives.

Currently I am a trustee with Ponton House Trust.

I was appointed to the Board of Edinburgh's Joint Integrated Board for Health and Social Care and am the Third Sector representative working with CEC and NHS Lothian for the disbursement and monitoring of an element of the Social Care Fund in Edinburgh.

I'm a carer for my son. I love spending time with family and friends, enjoy cooking, reading and watching rugby.

 

Kathy Fraser

I joined the board in 2013. Originally a geography teacher, I later moved to Stevenson College where I became Senior Lecturer leading the Student Support and Guidance Service.  I am a Diploma trained counsellor and was BAC registered, although no longer practising. My main areas of responsibility were young peoples' mental health, access and inclusion and equality issues. I was a Scottish Further Education trainer for Mental Health. I first met young carers while teaching in college and I firmly believe that the work of EYC has a significant and really positive impact on young peoples' lives. My previous experience has helped in policy writing (Equality and Inclusiveness), interviewing for staff positions and quality assurance.  I now hold various voluntary posts including destination mentoring in a local High School and serve on the committee of the local community centre. I enjoy dog walking, Pilates, cycling and ‘Grandma duties’

 

Alex Cumming

For the last 8 years I have been in the role of Assistant Director for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leading on operations, policy, training and extending the reach within Scotland. Previously I have worked for City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government.  In 2013 I hosted a young carer as part of an internship programme and I was blown away by her resilience and enthusiasm.  She inspired me to find out more about EYC and I joined the board in 2015.  Since then I have supported work around quality assurance and writing the annual report for funders.

When I am not spending time with my young family, I enjoy running, cycling and all things outdoors.

 

Bryan Livingstone

I am a social worker of many years’ experience and have worked mainly in children’s services.  I started my career in Northern Ireland as a probation officer, working mostly with young people.  Moving to Scotland, I worked in an acute mental health service for adults, where I specialised in child protection.  I then moved to manage residential schools and secure accommodation for children and young people and latterly worked in the regulation of children’s services.  This included a period inspecting child protection services across Scotland, helping to develop quality assurance procedures for this and for children’s services more generally.  Having taken early retirement, I now provide a consultancy service to a local authority children’s service department.

My knowledge of children’s services and child protection has meant that I can provide staff with support in these areas, if necessary. Because of my experience of regulation and quality assurance, I continue to help the board develop quality assurance systems within EYC.

For relaxation, I enjoy fly fishing, walking, golfing, reading and I play several musical instruments.

 

Helen McEwan

I joined the board in June 2016.  I have an extensive background in Financial Services. I spent many years at senior level with the global insurer Aegon, where my roles included Director of Banks, Partnerships Director and Head of International Sales. Most recently, I have worked with the progressive technology and investment specialist firm True Potential as Commercial Director and I am also a Non Executive Director of Exeter Friendly Society.
I was keen to get involved with EYC to help the team continue their crucial work in ensuring all children are given the best possible support to make the most of their opportunities despite challenging circumstances.  I bring sales, marketing, strategic leadership, governance and risk management experience to the EYC Board.
I am married with three teenage children, two cats and a demanding social life. This means I do not spend as much time at the gym as I should!

 

Louise Haggerty

I joined the Board in November 2016. My business background is in Human Resources having worked in a number of private sector and more recently public sector companies in HR Director roles.
I became aware of Edinburgh Young Carers and was very impressed when I got to know more about what they deliver and the support they provide to young carers in Edinburgh.  I hope that going forward I can use my background in HR to help Edinburgh Young Carers develop its strategy and continue to be a successful growing charity.
On a personal level I have an 11 year old daughter and 2 grown up daughters that keep me busy. I enjoy going to the gym when I have time.

 

Shona Montgomery – Minute Taker

I very much enjoy working with Edinburgh Young Carers Project.  My main role is to record the minutes of the meetings of EYC’s Board of Directors.  As the need arises, I also undertake research, help in the work of sub groups of the Board set up to examine aspects of policy or operation, and record the minutes of meetings of EYC’s Staff Team.

Until 2010 I worked with The Scottish Government, formerly The Scottish Office, then The Scottish Executive.  I was fortunate to work in several policy areas including health, education, child protection and the third sector.  This afforded the opportunity to meet with stakeholders from several strands of life in Scotland.  In my spare time I enjoy continued studies at Edinburgh University in creative writing and literature.

What is a Board of Trustees?

The Board of Trustees who serve Edinburgh Young Carers is made up of 12 members who represent a variety of professional and work backgrounds.

On application to the board a potential member is initially interviewed by the Chair then introduced to the other board members who accept the application if appropriate. At present the board has representation from areas including law, accountancy and finance, education, social work, HR and other third sector organisations. An attempt is made to be as diverse as possible in board membership while recognising that certain skills are vital to the governance of the organisation. Stakeholders eg former/present young carers and members of staff are often present at board meetings. We also have a minute taker who has good knowledge of our organisation.

Board meetings take place every six weeks, with sub group meetings running throughout the year. Regular attendance is required from board members. Board members (trustees) are encouraged to offer their skills in different areas of expertise or interest and most try where possible to attend EYC functions throughout the year. As a result of a recent quality assurance survey conducted by a sub group, even more effort is being made to enhance the relationship between the trustees and the stakeholders making this relationship as open and cooperative as possible. Professional trustee training has also taken place in order to acquaint the board members with their responsibilities.

Above all, our aim is to support the work of the CEO, the EYC staff, young carers and their families and to promote the financial and general wellbeing of the organisation which we all value and admire.