With a combined expertise spanning government, finance, communications, law, HR and property, across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, our Trustees help lead our organisation into the future, and we are privileged to benefit from their wealth of experience and invaluable perspective.
Doreen has thirty years’ experience in press and publishing. She was editor of a specialist journal and managed press and publications for Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, QMS and Health in Mind. Doreen was SSPCA press and campaigns manager for thirteen years and a regular broadcaster. She also worked on the BBC Scotland’s series ‘Wildlife Detectives’, Panorama’s ‘The Cruelty Connection’, Channel 4’s ‘Pet Rescue’ and the Animal Planet series ‘Scottish SPCA – On the Wild Side’. She helped to launch ‘First Strike Scotland’, the first UK campaign to highlight the links between cruelty to animals and human violence.
Sue is a senior HR professional with extensive experience at strategic level gained within the Drink and Finance sectors. She has particular expertise in change management and business transformation together with broad HR technical expertise, working in complex environments. She is a member of executive Leadership teams and is also on the Board of Trustees for a Healthcare Trust and the Frisson Foundation. She is married and has two children and in her spare time enjoys skiing, walking and holidays. Sue loves animals and has owned a cat as well as dogs and currently owns Stratford, a Hungarian Vizsla.
Craig is a Chartered Accountant, a member of ICAEW. He grew up in Preston before moving to Scotland. He has a background in Finance across a broad range of sectors including NHS, Education and private practice. Craig lives in Edinburgh, and is currently working at Historic Environment Scotland as Head of Business Financial Support.
Outside of work, he is kept busy with his 2 young children and is delighted to join the Home as their Treasurer.
Murray is a solicitor and notary public having qualified in Scotland in 2005 and England in 2012. He is currently Head of Real Estate at Gilson Gray LLP, one of Scotland’s most prominent law firms. Previously he led the Scottish real estate offering of a major international law firm. Murray has a broad and diverse knowledge of the property industry and has advised institutional investors, developers and housebuilders, major corporates and FTSE 100 companies. Murray lives in East Lothian and his spare time centres on his family, primarily his two young sons and two rescue cats, Stella and Sakara.
Catherine graduated from Edinburgh University with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and English Language before embarking on a successful career in broadcast journalism, working for BBC Scotland, several commercial radio stations and as news editor for GMTV Scotland. Since joining the Scottish Government in 2010, she has worked on a diverse range of issues including the Covid-19 response, Brexit, education, culture, climate change and animal health and welfare. She is currently head of the Retail policy unit. Catherine is an enthusiastic supporter of the Home, having rehomed her terrier cross, Sadie, from here in 2015.
David joined the board of trustees in 2018. He is an advocate (Scottish barrister) during the day and the owner of a very lively young westie the rest of the time. David brings to the board experience in a number of legal fields, having represented and provided advice to individuals, businesses and charities over a number of years. He grew up in Durham, moved to Edinburgh for university and never went away. He is driven by a passion for animal welfare and for ensuring that EDCH continues to be a leading light in such matters in Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond.
Roslyn Neely is Chief Executive at Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC). She has led and grown the team to increase the contribution it makes to the children’s hospital, including the development of two new services, an innovative Arts Programme and The Hub; a child, youth and family support service. Prior to working with ECHC, Roslyn spent seven years as Director of Fundraising and Communications at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). Roslyn won the Institute of Director’s Charity Sector Director of the Year Award in 2019, is a Trustee for Dads Rock.
David is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with ICAS in 2014. He has a background in M&A activity across a broad range of sectors and countries, and more recently worked in Financial Services. Since returning to Edinburgh, he has joined the Planning team at the University of Edinburgh contributing towards the financial stewardship of the ancient institution.
Outside of work, David is kept busy with his four-year old cocker-spaniel/golden retriever cross Isla and his baby son.
The Home is a proud part of Edinburgh and he is looking forward to contributing to their success.
Emma is Head of Digital Engagement at FSRH, a sexual health charity that provides training and resources to NHS staff in the UK. She has led on increasing the FSRH’s web and digital presence for the last three years and works across all teams at the organisation to project manage FSRH’s digital transformation as part of its five-year strategic plans. Prior to working at FSRH, Emma has worked in digital communications roles driving website, communications and digital engagement in several charities and higher education institutions over the last twelve years. Emma holds a Masters’ in Charity Management and is passionate about animal welfare.
David Field is CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a wildlife conservation charity working to protect animals in Scotland and around the world. David has spent a lifetime around animals – at the age of 12 he became a volunteer at Dudley Zoo and on his first day met a chimp named Koko who remains one his “best friends” today. He went on to work at Dublin Zoo, London and Whipsnade Zoos as Zoological Director. Fundamental to his work has been progressing and implementing welfare science in the care of zoo animals in zoos across the world through his roles with the World Zoo and Aquarium Association. David is also currently the President of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers.
Matt is Head of Development and Innovation at THINK Consulting Solutions. Matt is an innovation and fundraising leader, with specialist skills in digital fundraising, new product development and facilitation. He is proficient in setting up innovation functions, strategy development and managing large, cross-organisational change projects. Over the last decade, he has designed and facilitated innovation sprints for dozens of projects – his bespoke methodology can be applied to both process improvement and new product development. Alongside this, Matt is also proficient at integrating and embedding new fundraising innovations, particularly where the digital meets physical.