Staff team & Board of Trustees

Development Workers & Office Staff

Margaret Murphy - Chief Executive

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

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

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.


Amy McKinnon - 5-9 Development Worker

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!


Tracey Stewart - Schools Development Manager


Kelly Dunnett – Schools Awareness Development Worker


Christy Mulvaney - Drug and Alcohol Worker

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.


Morag Selby - 16+ Worker (Job share)

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!


Lee Mackenzie – 16+ Development Worker (Job share)


Gary Shaw - 9-12 Development Worker

Experience and education:
I studied BA Hons Community Education at Edinburgh University. I have worked at EYC since April 2015 and support young carers between the ages of 9 and 12. 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!!!


Chloe Sklaroff – Finance & Administration


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.


Alex Cumming - Vice Chair

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.


Gemma Gowrie - Treasurer


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!


Beverley Klein

I joined the board in May 2017. I was previously a solicitor practicing mainly in family law and now prepare child welfare reports for Edinburgh Sheriff Court. I recently finished a 5 year appointment as a Safeguarder working with children referred to the Children’s Hearing and/or court system. I also have more than 20 years experience working with children in the voluntary sector, much of that in the Guiding movement. I currently sit on my local community centre’s management committee and am a trustee on the Edinburgh and Lothians Trust Fund board.

My hobbies include gardening, reading, walking and knitting.


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.


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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.