Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic management of Sleep Scotland.
The Board meets at least six times a year and is appointed by its members. The Board is advised by an expert committee in finance and audit, and by invited experts as needed.
All our trustees, committee and advisory board members are unpaid volunteers.
Chair of the Board
David McNiven joined the Board in August 2019 and brings with him a wealth of experience from various health, social and charity care sectors with a common denominator of identifying need and providing qualitative and individual care where inequalities present themselves.
Starting his career specialising and researching in neurological care he quickly progressed into NHS management and has held a range of senior posts as Clinical Director, and Managing Director of charitable organisations including the Parkinson’s Disease Society, Sue Ryder and the MS Society . He has also advised on new Government Healthcare Policies on the care/management of neurological disability and Long-Term Conditions. As a Chief Executive Officer, he has also gained substantial experience leading an organisation supporting those with disability live independent lives in the community.
Promoting independence has always been a primary driver for David, ensuring that every possible opportunity is given to those a disability to maximise their individual potential and a fulfilling life.
Kirsty is a qualified certified chartered accountant working for a global accountancy practice in Edinburgh. She works in their restructuring advisory department working with clients and lenders undertaking business reviews, including cash flow forecasts, evaluation of funding requirements and cost saving measures. In recent times working largely with retail groups during planned restructures and turnaround scenarios.
As Treasurer, she assists the board with discharging their governance obligations and works with the finance committee to safeguard the organisation’s finances. The finance committee work with the CEO and the senior management team with financial planning and budgeting and financial reporting.
Kirsty joined the board in July 2018 as she was keen to support the organisation.
Colin has been a Company director since 1998 working mainly in the print and design sector and more recently in the fields of digital marketing, animation and eLearning.
For the last 10 years, Colin has been Managing Director of a creative agency based in Edinburgh. Over that period, clients have included several larger charities where Colin has supported by creating awareness campaigns and fundraising collateral.
Colin has extensive experience in managing projects with complex, technically demanding and budget sensitive delivery requirements. Another key area of expertise is in staff training and development.
Colin has twin daughters, both of whom have learning disabilities and are on the Autistic spectrum. They are both students at Teens+.
Colin began volunteering with Teens+ in 2017 to provide technical support on IT projects and was subsequently asked to join the Board of Sleep Scotland in 2018.
Heather joined the Board in 2019. Heather is the business development manager at Carr Gomm; a varied and exciting role bearing responsibility for tendering, fundraising and marketing activity within the organisation. She has a keen interest in building and empowering cross-functional teams, and has recently qualified as an Agile Project Management Practitioner.
Heather joined the Sleep Scotland Board as she was seeking an opportunity to give something back; to offer her skills and experience working within the third sector to another organisation with a strong mission and vision. She is passionate about maximising limited resources to make as big an impact as possible. Her aspiration is to see Sleep Scotland continue to build and thrive in this regard; securing new opportunities for growth and significant sources of funding with the resources available.
Richard is Business Director with a firm of solicitors specializing in Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety. He has experience in Leadership & Management, Strategy, Return on Investment, Customer Relationship Management and in providing HR and health and safety solutions to all types of businesses.
Richard has always had an interest in supporting healthy living in children and young people, which led him to joining the Sleep Scotland board. He is dad to twin boys and understands how essential sleep is to health and well-being, alongside good diet and plenty of exercise.
Alan joined the Board in March 2016 and sits on the Finance Committee. He is in his second term having been reappointed in September 2019. He is an experienced executive and company director following a career in the UK agriculture and foods sector. Strategic planning and execution are among his key skills and his understanding of business financial performance enables him to readily scrutinise, evaluate and challenged the value of proposals and activities. He has significant experience of corporate governance and the ability to step back from day to day activities and review wider strategic objectives.
Alan has first hand experience of the valuable work of Teens+ and of the enthusiastic, skilled and caring staff. He is passionate about the charity reaching as many individuals and families who are in need as possible and joined the Sleep Scotland Board to help focus on the bigger picture as well as ensuring the charity is run efficiently and effectively.