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
Paul joined the board of Sleep Scotland in May 2020 becoming Chair in December 2020.
Paul has spent over 25 years working for charities across the UK. He started his career as a support worker for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health issues and has gone on to hold senior roles in both local and national charities, delivering evidence-based programmes across the four nations of the UK. Since 2018 has been the Chief Executive of award-winning charity SJOG.
In 2020 Paul was shortlisted by Third Sector as Charity Chief Executive of the Year, and was recognised as one of the North East Charity Leaders of the Year, and by Markel as one of the Care Sector Leaders of 2020.
Paul has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School, and as well as being the Chair for Sleep Scotland, he is also a Trustee for NTSU, and a director of Community Enterprise in Scotland
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.
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.
Lisa is an experienced project and service manager with a background in education and research. She currently works at the University of Edinburgh where, over the last year, she has been bootstrapping a new research centre focused on growing capacity for data-led and digital research across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She has led and contributed to a wide range of research and educational support projects, both national and international. Over the last ten years, Lisa’s work has increasingly focused on the adoption of digital technologies in the educational context. Other key areas of expertise are in strategic development and planning, proposal development, educational design, communications and community building.
Lisa joined the board in September 2020. She’s delighted to have the opportunity to use her professional skills to support other families: she’s passionate about supporting learning opportunities for young people and, as a parent, she knows how important good sleep support can be.
Suzanne is a senior manager in the Higher Education sector. She manages a variety of areas including student welfare and support, academic administration, recruitment, admissions, examinations, quality assurance and governance. Suzanne’s strengths include strategic planning, policy development and project management.
Early in her career Suzanne held a number of international positions in the private sector but found her calling in the third sector and has, for the last twenty years, worked to improve equality and opportunities for young people.
Suzanne joined the Board in September 2020 and is excited to support Sleep Scotland in achieving its vision.