Carol is the Convenor of the Board as well as the Convenor of the Human Resource & Organisational Development Committee (HRODC).
Carol has thirty years experience in education and children’s services, eighteen of these at a senior level in local authorities.
Carol was appointed a Trustee on 3 January 2015 and Convenor to the Board of Trustees on 19 May 2015.
Karen holds a professional career in banking that spans almost 20 years. She has undertaken many leadership roles and has strong experience in Risk management and regulatory environments alongside financial analysis and business planning. She is an experience project manager, leading and supporting cross continental teams.
Karen currently holds a role leading technical development teams and focuses on tactical and strategic transformation, with a passion for new and innovative technology solutions to business problems. She is also an internal sponsor to the graduate fundraising team as well as being a graduate mentor, helping to support and develop them to make the most of their careers within the business.
Working with the Donaldson Trust will be Karen’s first trustee role and she is keen to see how her extensive and varied skill set can benefit the Trust and how she can best contribute to the already great work of the organisation.
Richard has 20 years of experience in private sector companies across various different market sectors. He has performed a range of Board level functions and is currently Chief of Staff at Prudential plc where as well as running the Executive Office of the Managing Director he is focussed on the delivery of a range of strategic initiatives including developing and implementing location strategy, operating model implementation, cost reduction programmes and colleague engagement. Other recent roles have included accountability for company-wide transformation, operational leadership and business development.
Working with The Donaldson Trust will be Richard’s first trustee role and he is interested to learn about how to best make an effective contribution in a third sector organisation whilst believing the skills & experience gained elsewhere can add value to the work of the Trust.
Richard is married with a 14 year old girl and an 11 year old boy.
Richard was appointed a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 12 December 2018 and is the Convenor of the Finance & Audit Committee.
Sheena has had a varied career in Social Work over the past 35 years. She has worked in both primary and secondary settings, with all client groups and has enjoyed the opportunity to experience a wide range of work, engaging with a variety of different people.
After undertaking her post graduate qualification, she worked in an area team in Paisley. this was followed by 4 years in a prison working with convicted adults and under 21s who were on remand pending trial or sentencing. She then moved to be the Senior Social Worker at Ruchill Hospital HIV counselling clinic. From Ruchill she went to work in Monklands/ Cumbernauld District Headquarters as the Lead for Adult Services including sensory impairment, drugs and alcohol and diversion from prosecution service.
Following local government reorganisation in 1996, Sheena moved to North Lanarkshire Council with responsibility for commissioning and contracting services and developing the Authorised Providers List. She was curious about the voluntary sector and her next position was District Manager with the Archdiocese of Glasgow Social Services. Her District included residential services for adults with learning disabilities, sensory impairment day services and a supported living service for deaf/ blind adults.
Her next move was to north Ayrshire Council where she was responsible for Adult Community Care Services and after 2 years she was appointed as Head of Community Care. After 4 years she was asked by the Chief Executive of the Council to move to be Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice., This was a fantastic opportunity to re-engage with children and families services including adoption and fostering, child protection and children with disabilities. She held this role for 4 years. Latterly she was also asked to be the Chief Social Worker.
Since leaving north Ayrshire Council in 2014, Sheena has been asked to undertake various pieces of work on behalf of health and care partnerships and local authorities. These have included the independent investigation of complaints; contributing to the work of a Significant Case Review following the death of a baby; acting as interim Head of Children’s Services; conducting a review of the provision of aids and adaptations.
In December 2018 she was appointed as the independent chair of Aberdeenshire’s Child Protection Committee and as independent convenor of the Adult Protection Committee and was also appointed to these positions for Aberdeen City.
Gill is a Human Resources Professional, who has undertaken various HR leadership roles, with UK businesses. As an HR Consultant, Gill undertakes interim assignments, where she specialises in the delivery of HR strategy, change, reward and development.
Gill was appointed a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 12 December 2018.
Professor Lynn Kilbride was appointed Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Dundee in November 2017, and was also recently appointed as Co-Convenor of the Council of Deans Health Scotland.
Professor Lynn Kilbride is a nurse by background and believes passionately that nurses and midwives improve the lives of the people they engage with This belief have been the basis of her academic and scholarly activity and is the foundation of all her working activities. She has extensive experience of developing, delivering and quality assuring healthcare curricula at home and overseas, by public and private organisations throughout the world. Professor Lynn Kilbride’s research activity is centred around diabetes and neuro oncology, however she has published in other areas. She holds a number of honorary and consultancy positions at home and overseas and is currently leading on Nursing Regulation in Scotland. Professor Lynn Kilbride is looking forward to working closely with our NHS partners to ensure that the workforce of the future is meeting the needs of our service users.
Lynn was appointed a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 12 December 2018.
Ray worked in higher education until his retirement in 2013 and previously as a planner in private and public practice. Latterly he headed a team at the University of the West of Scotland, working with academics, students and employers to embed the development of graduate employability within the curriculum and has experience of teaching, student support, academic management and quality assurance
Ray was appointed a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 16 June 2014.
Pauline is Dean of Arts & Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University.
Pauline started her career in stage management and technical theatre, graduating from Guildford School of Acting in 1984. She enjoyed a varied freelance career with a range of companies including: the National Theatre; The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; The Old Vic; Shared Experience; Temba; The Queen’s Hall and South Bank Centre. Building on this, Pauline became a freelance Arts Manager working with a number of small scale drama, dance and visual arts companies, and also moved into events management. In 1992 she moved to Scotland to become Administrative Director of the Scottish Youth Dance Festival (now YDance), and in 1994 she made the move into Higher Education by joining Queen Margaret College teaching Arts Management. In 2003, she became Head of Production & Cultural Management in the School of Drama & Creative Industries at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Pauline then joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2009 as Associate Head of School, becoming Head of School in 2010, and Dean in 2015. Pauline also leads on Innovation and Enterprise across the University with a focus on ensuring this is embedded in the curriculum.
A great believer in lifelong education, Pauline has studied part-time throughout her career, most recently submitting her DBA thesis. Pauline also has a passion for using the arts to benefit society and has led a number of collaborations at Edinburgh Napier including the Scottish Prison Service, the National Museum and the Royal Zoological Society as well as numerous community and health organisations.
Pauline has been an external examiner and advisor in a number of institutions. She has lectured on cultural management and policy at arts educational institutions in Hong Kong, Zagreb, Brno, Ohio and Prague, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of the Arts.
Pauline was appointed as a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 12 December 2018.
Derek leads the HR function at West Lothian College, previously working in the HR profession for several years in NHS and local authority organisations.
Derek was appointed a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 16 August 2017 and is a member of the HR & OD Committee.
Jack established his career in social care, with over ten years dedicated to working with care experiences and neuro-diverse children and young people in a range of residential and community settings as both a practitioner and manager. During this time Jack gained a BA in Health and Social Care.
Latterly he has worked in business development for both Barnardo’s and SQA, and with SQA led on strategic design of new commercial education solutions. During his time at SQA, Jack went on to manage a portfolio of National Qualifications, and led a diverse team of specialists through the revision of National Qualifications for Chemistry and Science. He also gained an MBA whilst working for SQA.
Jack is now Director of Business Services at Rock Trust, a Scottish charity dedicated to ending youth homelessness. He leads on Governance and Risk, Finance, Communications and Fundraising, HR and has responsibility for the organisation’s extensive residential property portfolio.
Jack was appointed a Trustee of The Donaldson Trust on 16 August 2017 and is the convener of the Quality and Practice Improvement Committee.