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.
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.
Colin joined the board in June 2017. He retired in 2011 after a career in teaching, education management and, latterly, arts management. He first experienced the benefits of a family support group in Edinburgh in 2012 and later trained as a SMART facilitator before he and his wife established a group for Family and Friends in West Lothian in 2015. His personal experiences have convinced him of the need to extend support for families, the importance of family-inclusive practice and the value of Scottish Families as an organisation.
Colin also enjoys a range of leisure interests and is an active member of his local athletics club.
Brenda Bellando joined the board in June 2017. She first began working in the NHS laboratories, to which she took a career break after to take time to have a family. She went to university and returned to the NHS, working in primary care as a Fund Manager then laterally as a Business Manager for Breast Screening until retiring five years ago.
She has experience on other boards and is currently a Trustee on the Board of her local church. She is also no stranger to volunteering, she is involved with several groups from babies to teens and attends a monthly group named WLKO – not a radio station but ‘Who Let the Kids Out’ – a fun time for families in the community.
Brenda joined the Scottish Families Board as she recognises the impact supporting families can have. Not just at crisis times but in the day-to-day ‘just getting by’.
Michael joined the Board in April 2017. He works as a solicitor based in Glasgow. Michael has undertaken a wide variety of commercial and civil legal work during his career and brings this experience to the Board. When he is not working, Michael enjoys military history, American football and teaching himself to code.