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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 Senior Managers who are supported by the Trust’s Central Services.

The Central Services have several departments within it including Administration, Facilities, Finance and Human Resources who also provide support to all services within the Trust.

The Team consists of:

Senior Managers

Laura Watkins
Laura WatkinsChief 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.

Liz Delaney
Liz DelaneyHead of Quality & People

With many years’ experience in the voluntary sector, Liz is excited to join The Donaldson’s Trust following a very successful time at other charities, enthusiastically leading the organisation to transform the people team and focusing on modernising human resources, recruitment and learning and professional development.

Liz will bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to The Donaldson’s Trust, and a real energy to her role as Head of People & Quality.  In line with organisational priorities, Liz will continue to strive to improve quality and compliance across the Trust to ensure that we are providing a quality service to all our clients.

Beyond her previous roles within the voluntary sector, Liz is an active board member for a children’s charity, as well as a voluntary mentor and is involved in the West of Scotland CIPD branch and has been instrumental in setting up the special interest group for the voluntary sector.  She is passionate about sharing knowledge and skills across the sector.

Over the years Liz has raised thousands of pounds to support the valuable charitable work and is very proud of her achievements.

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.

Central Services

Mary Bell
Mary BellReceptionist

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

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.

Debbie Burt
Debbie BurtFinance Officer

Debbie joined the Trust in November 2019 taking on the role as Finance Officer for the Trust.

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.

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.

His interests are football, watching sports, camping, going abroad on holiday, spicy food, cooking and DIY.

James Miller
James MillerDigital Transformation Lead

James joined the Trust in November 2019 as the new Digital Transformation Lead.

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.

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.