Board Biographies

Elected by Contributors

 

Gwenn McCreath, Chair

Gwenn is currently Chief Executive of Health in Mind, an organisation which promotes the health and well-being of people who experience mental health difficulties. She is also a Director of Volunteer Development Scotland. Gwenn is an accomplished fundraising manager and a former Assistant Director of RNIB Scotland.

Michael Craig

An experienced manager, trustee and actuary who is able to work collaboratively with others to shape, communicate and implement change within an organisation. He played a key role in a number of Standard Life's major corporative initiatives, including the demutualisation of the company. Craig is results-orientated with a passionate focus on service quality and proven facilitation, strategic and inter-personal skills, and a team player who seeks to nurture and encourage others in the achievement of a common goal.

Kate Cherry

Mrs Cherry’s teaching career included being Headteacher in three separate primary schools over some 14 years. Appointed an HMI in 1996 and went on to hold the post of Assistant Chief Inspector having responsibility for overseeing the Independent School Sector and Early Education. Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1999 and undertook research studies in Scandinavia and the USA.  She retired from HMIE (now Education Scotland) in 2012. Currently, a self-employed Education Consultant and working part-time as an Associate Inspector in the school inspection programme in the United Arab Emirates.

Patsy Gilles

Patsy qualified as a Registered General Nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1969. Following being a staff nurse in Glasgow, she worked in Aberdeen, London, the Borders and Edinburgh, gaining wide experience of nursing in hospitals and the community.This work included being a Senior Nurse in Care of the Elderly Hospitals in Edinburgh, and for a number of years a Tutor and Lecturer in nursing. Patsy is married with two daughters and a grandson. Living in Edinburgh, she enjoys swimming, golfing, travelling, socialising and being a Rotarian.

James Law

James is currently HR Director of a vehicle manufacturing company. He has extensive experience in professional management roles within manufacturing, sales and service industries and experience in HR, Administration, Operations and Facilities Management. He has a depth of knowledge in employment law and a variety of other disciplines.

David Johnston

David is a journalist to trade, and was managing director of Radio Forth in Edinburgh, until 2000. Since then, he has developed a small number of business interests as a direct participant and also as a business angel in a number of company start-ups. He is chairman of the Dunbar RNLI Lifeboat Station, the deputy chairman of the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust, and is a trustee of the Scottish Flag Trust.

Jamie Cuthbertson

Jamie was brought up and educated in Glasgow and after school studied Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University before joining the Army in 1982. In 1986 he was blinded in an explosives accident whilst serving as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. After rehabilitation at St Dunstan's (now Blind Veterans UK), he worked for a small Glasgow firm selling chimney products. In 1990 he returned to university and gained an MSc in Information Technology. He then worked for nearly 20 years in the charity sector for local and national charities for the blind before running his own computer consultancy for 4 years until December 2013. Jamie now works as the Regional Manager in Scotland for the Macular Society. He enjoys a wide range of leisure activities including running, cycling, DIY, cinema, theatre and music.

Grant Macrae

Grant is a chartered accountant who had a long career with KPMG in Scotland specialising in clients in the public and not for profit sectors. After retiring at the end of 2011 he spent two years in Canada developing international public sector accounting standards. Grant enjoys curling, skiing, golf and  travel. He is married with three grown up children, one of whom has long standing major health difficulties. He is therefore pleased to be able to apply his experience to charities supporting people affected by enduring health issues - in particular Royal Blind and the Family Fund, a UK charity providing support to families affected by life threatening illnesses or permanent disabilities.

Michelle McWilliams

Michelle is a senior CIM qualified manager with experience of leading high profile communications campaigns in large public sector organisations. Her Public sector experience includes a role as Deputy Director of Communications & Public Affairs at The University of Edinburgh, managing the full range of corporate communications spanning the Press Office, Public Affairs, the Web team, internal communications, publications, events, brand/corporate identity and the information centre/shop.  She joined the University after nearly ten years managing PR & communications campaigns for Whitehall Departments in London; latterly as Head of PR at COI, the executive agency that provided advertising and marketing services to government departments and public bodies. Michelle has spent the last four years in her current role as Account Director with a PR agency, creating and delivering campaigns for clients in the private sector.

Sandra Warburton

Sandra worked for a subsidiary of the Bank of Scotland for 16 years in Wales and two years in Scotland before retraining and joining the City of Edinburgh Council as a Contracts Officer in Older Peoples Services. After working in Nursing Homes in Edinburgh she and a colleague took the decision to start their own business. They provide care at home services and their aim is to provide not just personal care but a ‘one stop shop’ of services designed to make it more manageable for older people to remain in their own homes. They have been trading since April 2014, are registered with the Care Inspectorate and have been accepted on the Council’s off contract provider list.

Mike Martin

Mike is a social worker to trade. Following a career in local authority criminal justice work he spent over 20 years with Capability Scotland, latterly as one of their directors. He has worked independently for the past 12 years as a consultant, researcher, trainer and practitioner, combining these activities with part-time work as a co-ordinator of out of hours social work, and a number of teaching engagements for the Open University. Mike's hobbies include natural history interests, he rings birds to study their movements, and until last year was the Secretary of the Scottish Ornithologists Club.

Elected by Public Bodies

 

Councillor Cameron Rose

Born in the Scottish Borders, Cameron has been married to Sue since 1978 and they have 5 grown up children who were educated locally.  He retired as a police inspector in 2005 after 30 years policing in and around Edinburgh.  He gradually became involved in local politics and was elected councillor for Southside & Newington in 2007.  Cameron leads the Conservative group on Edinburgh Council and serves on various committees including  Corporate, Policy & Strategy Committee, Pensions and Planning.  He is a regular cyclist and his interests include ancient history and international relations. He serves on the leadership of a local church

Dawn Burrows, Edinburgh Merchant Company

Dawn has a degree in accountancy and finance and is Chairman and Managing Director of a property company. She has experience as governor of an independent school, and earlier in her career, she was a school finance officer. She has been involved in policy work with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. Her interests outside work include country pursuits and a variety of craft activities.

Robert Mooney, STUC

Robert has worked for Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) for 33 years and is currently a development worker within the organisation. He is a union branch secretary, National Executive Council member and member of the STUC General Council, representing STUC on the board of Glasgow Citizens Advice Bureau. He is the chairman of SITE, an organisation that supports visually impaired people with training with a view to helping them back into employment. Robert is married with five children and enjoys ten-pin bowling, running and armateur dramatics.

Jimmy Milhench, NLBD

Educated at the Royal Blind School, Jimmy is proud to now serve as a Trustee of Royal Blind. Having spent most of his working life with Edinburgh based Blindcraft, Jimmy has a wealth of experience in working with visually impaired people. He represented British Blind Sport on the Executive Council of the RNIB and does all he can to promote outdoor pursuits for the benefit of visually impaired people. Chair of Lothian Blind Ramblers, he is an experienced skier and took part in an expedition to Everest base camp in 2011.