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.
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 topics including Brexit, education, culture, farming, climate change and animal health and welfare. She is currently head of the Further Education Student Support policy team. Catherine is an enthusiastic supporter of the Home, having rehomed her terrier cross, Sadie, from here in 2015.
Leanne first volunteered with Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on Saturdays as a teenager, helping the staff to care for the animals as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Growing up in Asia, Leanne developed a love of animals when helping tend to local strays and wounded birds. She then she pestered her parents for years to get their first dog, and has had dogs ever since. Leanne is a qualified chartered account, having worked in insurance at EY and Deutsche Bank. Leanne has worked for her current employer, Penfida, since March 2012, providing corporate finance advice to pension trustee boards.
Julie MacDonald is a lifelong animal advocate with a passion, love, and dedication for animal welfare. Julie holds the position of Senior Fundraising Manager at SAMH, leading the fundraising team to inspire everyone in Scotland who cares about mental health to give or support the cause, and has led the team to achieve significant growth. Julie has worked in fundraising and communication roles in the third sector for 14 years, previously working at Children 1st, CHAS and British Red Cross, and is a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising and sits on the IoF Scotland conference committee.
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.