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Head Office Team

Whilst The Donaldson Trust is governed by the Board of Trustees, the strategic and operational management of The Donaldson Trust is the responsibility of the Head Office Team.

The Head Office Team has several departments within it including Administration, Facilities, Finance, Human Resource and Senior Management who provide support to all services of the Trust.

The Head Office Team consists of:

Laura Battles
Laura BattlesChief Executive Officer

Laura is a highly qualified leader offering more than 20 years’ experience in the field of organisational leadership and management both within the United Kingdom and internationally.

She has significant experience of galvanising the potential, leading, motivating and mentoring young people and talented staff as well as achieving strategic goals and organisational improvement.

Laura has worked in the field of additional support needs for most of her career and understands the successes and complexities of the young people in her care.

As a parent of two adult children with additional support needs Laura understands many of the challenges faced by parents on the journey  from infancy, through adolescence and onto adult life.

Mary Bell
Mary BellReceptionist

Mary is one of the Receptionist and is part of the Admin Team within Head Office.

Leeanne Brown
Leeanne BrownHR Manager

Leeanne has over 10 years’ experience within HR. Prior to joining Donaldson’s in 2015, she started her HR career within agriculture in 2006 before moving into the legal sector in 2013.

Leeanne has a passion for creating the right culture by putting people at the forefront and developing robust HR systems of work.

She found her HR experience and personal values were a perfect match for Donaldson’s who truly believe in unity, respect, trust, fun and caring for all.

Julie Brooks
Julie BrooksAdministration Assistant

Julie joined The Donaldson Trust in December 2018 as part of the Administration Team.

Julie works closely with both the school team and the Trust’s#JunX10n service.

Claire Colvin
Claire ColvinExecutive Assistant

Claire is Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Trustees with over 9 years’ experience in the field of administration within The Donaldson Trust.

Claire enthusiastically led the administration team during her role as Administration Manager and continues to provide support, leadership and guidance to colleagues, the CEO and Board of Trustees in her current role as Executive Assistant.

Claire has gained a HNC in Business, a level 2 Qualification in British Sign Language and a level 4 Qualification in Management and Leadership and continues to develop her skills, knowledge and expertise within the business sector.

Dougie Crow
Dougie CrowFacilities Technician

Dougie is one of the Facilities Technicians and is part of the Facilities Team within Head Office.

Liz Delaney
Liz DelaneyHead of Quality & Compliance

Liz joined The Donaldson Trust in March 2019.

Liz’s role is Head of Quality & Compliance.

George Finnigan
George FinniganHead of Resource & Strategy

George joined The Donaldson Trust in July 2017 as Head of Resource and Strategy. As a Chartered Management Accountant he worked in a number of finance roles in the electronics, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

In 1995 he moved into the oil industry, joining a large US based distributor of oilfield supplies, travelling extensively to Europe and the USA in this customer facing role. In 2003 a career change saw him join a large Scottish charitable organisation as Director of Finance. After 13 enjoyable years he chose to join the team at Donaldson’s in this exciting new role.

George is passionate about equality and lives locally with his wife and youngest son.  He enjoys football, walking and family time.

Yvonne Harrison
Yvonne HarrisonHead of Services & New Business

Yvonne started her career in Learning and Development in 2000 and quickly moved to an OD role, making the shift from developing individuals to developing the whole organisation.  Her focus for 5 years was on getting organisational culture and engagement to a point where the organisation could shift their operations from a transactional role in paying an recuperating student funding, to a strategic position assessing student eligibility for funding and grants, across the four domiciles of the UK.

In 2009 she took on a senior management role within the HR function and studied to become a chartered member of the CIPD in 2010.  She worked with the UK government to negotiate autonomy for The Student Loans Company in the areas of resourcing and recruitment.  This was significant because it was done within the political environment of the tight restrictions put in place after the coalition governments strategic spending review.  Her ability to build relationships and trust within government coupled with her focus on workforce planning was key in not only achieving autonomy was a significant factor in the £114 million investment coming to the organisation at a time when there was a complete clamp down on government spending.

She left SLC in 2016 and worked for the first time in the third sector taking on a fixed term contract at Scottish Autism heading up the HR function.  At the conclusion of her contract in 2017 she took on a role at Skills Development Scotland with a focus on the continuous improvement of HR process and systems.  In her short tenure there she carried out full reviews and streamlined the systems and process, leading on partnership working across the piece.  In parallel to this role she took on a role as a consultant, moving around organisations using her skills to make a difference in areas of strategy, policy delivery and mediation.

Although she achieved great success and was valued by these organisations, the pull of her experiences within the third sector was something that she couldn’t shake off and begun to look for an opportunity where her skills and passions for making a difference to people’s lives could converge.  Yvonne is delighted to take on the role of Head of Service & New Business Development at The Donaldson Trust, and she aims to work with the experienced team to continue to expand the great work started in Linlithgow across the whole of Scotland.

Elaine Jahanfar
Elaine JahanfarFacilities Manager

Elaine is the ultimate organiser and took up the post of Facilities Manager at Donaldson’s in 2016, leading a team of four staff.
Prior to her role as Facilities Manager Elaine joined Donaldson’s in 2002 as ICT Manager.  Prior to this she worked in the manufacturing industry, building a long established career in IT.

In 2015 she became a Qualified Chartered Manager with a passion for promoting, enhancing and encouraging best management practice.

Vivianne Johnston
Vivianne JohnstonAdministration Assistant

Vivianne is an Administration Assistant and is part of the Admin Team within Head Office.  Vivianne joined The Trust in February 2015, she works closely with the finance officer as well as the facilities team.

Derek Kenneway
Derek KennewayFacilities Technician / Driver

Derek is one of the Facilities Technicians / Drivers and is part of the facilities team within Head Office.

Derek joined the Trust in February 2019.

Kim Murphy
Kim MurphyAdministration Manager

Kim joined The Donaldson Trust in June 2008 as an Office Assistant and progressed through the years taking on such roles as School Secretary and Senior Administration Assistant; learning and developing the administration requirements within the Trust.

Kim had a period of leave in 2016 to have her son and since returning from maternity leave in April 2017 she took on the role as Administration Manager where she is responsible for the leadership, support and care of the Admin Team as well as being a part of the Head Office team and working alongside other services within the Trust to provide an accurate and effective administration service.

Kim has a HND in Administration & Information Management and continues to develop her skills and knowledge by attending regular training including data protection, child protection, person centred planning and all other training which is relevant to her role.

George Nicholson
George NicholsonFacilities Technician

George is one of the Facilities Technicians and is part of the facilities team within Head Office.

Liz Nisbet
Liz NisbetCleaner

Liz is one of the cleaners and is part of the facilities team within Head Office.

Lorraine Stewart
Lorraine StewartFinance Officer

Lorraine is a Finance Officer and is part of the Finance team within Head Office.

Carol Storrar
Carol StorrarCleaner

Carol is one of the cleaners and is part of the facilities team within Head Office.

Fiona Sykes
Fiona SykesReceptionist

Fiona is one of the Receptionists and is part of the Admin Team within Head Office.

Fiona’s interests are her family and friends, gardening, travelling to interesting places, keeping fit and keeping up with her over active dog!

Lauren Watkins
Lauren WatkinsAdministration Assistant

Lauren is one of the Administration Assistants within the Admin Team.

Lauren supports the HR and Training departments within the Trust.

Lauren joined the Trust in November 2018.