Meet our board
Kristofer joined the board in November 2011. Kristofer is a Legal Advisor/Solicitor for the Charity Commission for England and Wales. He joins the board with significant experience of fundraising and the voluntary sector having served as a Committee Member of the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland for four years. He says, 'I joined the board as I recognise the importance of the organisation's work and hope to see the organisation develop its capacity to support more people throughout Scotland.'
Heather joined the Board in the summer of 2016. She is a chartered accountant and qualified at professional services firm Ernst & Young. She has a passion for the charity sector and now works as senior management accountant at Comic Relief. Though based in London for work, being from the Scottish Borders and studying in Dundee, she considers Scotland to be her home, and the issues of its people are very close to her heart. This passion is what drew her to work wit SFAD. She brings financial experience, from both the charity and commercial sectors. Outside of work you will usually find her running around some where. She recently completed the Edinburgh marathon and finds it very hard to sit still!
Eleanor Robertson MBE
Eleanor served as chair of the board from 2008 to 2011. She is a member of the Government’s Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission and an executive member of the independent inquiry into maximising the recovery from dependent drug use in Scotland. Eleanor retired as Manager of the Inverclyde Carers Centre in 2007, and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to community health.
Gemma McNeill joined the Board in 2013. She most recently worked as a Senior Officer with Glasgow Addiction Service, commissioning and developing a range of services for children affected by parental substance use as well as services for young people involved in their own drug / alcohol use. She previously worked with Aberlour Trust, latterly managing the Outreach Service, providing support to women substance users and their children, both pre and post residential rehabilitation. She says “I have a strong commitment to working with services, to meet the needs of families affected by drug and alcohol use and look forward to working with the organisation at this exciting time”.
Chair of the Board
Isabel rejoined the Board in April 2016 after a break of about 18 months. She spent her working life in the Scottish Office now Scottish Government. During her career Isabel worked in a range of different Departments including housing, town planning, the health service and human resources ending her career in the Effective Interventions Unit and the Drug Policy Unit. She was inspired to support Scottish Families when she met family members at a seminar at which the concept of Family Support was being aired some 12 years ago. Isabel has considerable experience of volunteering in the third sector and has served on several Boards. She is particularly keen to ensure that Board members take their responsibilities for good and effective governance seriously and that the Board recognises its role and responsibilities. Isabel lives in Edinburgh and when time permits she enjoys gardening and is known to bake the odd cake!
Lindsey Donald joined the Board in June 2016. She is currently Head of Alumni Engagement at the University of Stirling having previously worked at the University of Glasgow fundraising for medically based Capital campaigns. She has more than 15 years’ experience of fundraising, marketing, communications and external relations. She said ‘I am delighted to join the Board of an organisation providing such valuable, necessary and often life changing support to people in real need.