Meet our staff team
Stephen Wilkie McFarlane
Head of Operations
Stephen joined Scottish Families in February 2015 as Finance Manager, having previously worked in private practice, industry and the third sector. Stephen graduated with a BA in Accounting from Abertay University and brings with him a wealth of financial and management accounting experience as well as business planning, administration and forecasting skills. Stephen believes that properly managed financial functions are essential for all organisations to allow them to focus on delivery of their aims and will bring these skills to Scottish Families.
Head of Programmes
Scott is responsible for both the delivery and the quality assurance of Scottish Families’ services, along with developing and delivering both internal and external training and development. He joined the organisation in March 2011, bringing a wealth of experience gained through managing health and lifestyle information and advice services. Scott is an experienced trainer and associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and he highlights the importance of a knowledgeable workforce with the right skills and attitudes to provide families with the support they need.
Sarah joined the organisation in October 2016 as a Fundraising Manager. After graduating from Caledonian University with a BA honours degree in Journalism Sarah has worked in various fundraising roles in the third sector.
In her role as Fundraising Manager she is looking forward to developing relationships with supporters and building new links with businesses, individuals and funders across Scotland.
Development Officer for Families & Communities
John joined Scottish Families in September 2014 as Alcohol Liaison Officer. John has spent over 12 years working in a Community Learning and Development (CLD) capacity with a range of communities across Scotland focussing on building social capital to influence change. John studied Community Education at University of Strathclyde – graduated in 2009 with honours and is a registered member of CLD Standards Council for Scotland. In his current role as Development Officer for Families & Communities he has engaged with individuals, families and communities to develop Scottish Families’ ALEC toolkit. This resource seeks to empower families and communities to unlock their own potential by maximising opportunities to reduce substance-related harms and create recovery-friendly communities across Scotland.
Helpline Development Officer
Suzie joined Scottish Families in October 2014 as the Helpline Development Officer. She comes with many years experience of call centre management with the emergency services and more recently worked within Welfare to Work.
She is looking to make our Helpline as easy to access from a variety of platforms and increase the interctivity of our services. She has been involved in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years covering a variety of roles and is looking to expand the current roles that our volunteers undertake.
Rebecca joined the organisation in October 2016 as the Communications Officer. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015 with an MA in English Linguistics and has since worked in the third sector in the field of digital communications.
She is hoping to boost Scottish Families’ communications and build a greater awareness about the organisation to families who need support.
East Dunbartonshire Family Support Development Officer
After graduating from Aberdeen University in 1996 with a MA in Combined Studies, Claire worked for 3 years in Essex in a residential school for children with emotional & behavioural difficulties. On returning to Scotland, Claire worked in Drumchapel for over 10 years as an advocate for vulnerable adults and then for children & young people. She completed her COSCA counselling skills training and has volunteered with Cruse Bereavement since 2009. Claire joined Scottish Families in September 2013.
Family Support Development Officer
Martha joined the organisation in December 2015 as a Family Support Development Officer covering the Forth Valley area. After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a BA honours degree in Community Education Martha has worked in various roles including Drug and Alcohol prevention and education and housing support.
Martha completed a COSCA counselling skills course in February and will use these skills and her vast experience with group work facilitation in this new role.
Family Support Development Officer
After graduating from Glasgow City Collage in 2003, Maureen worked extensively in the Glasgow Area with Recovery Communities and helped establish one of the first Recovery Communities in Glasgow. Currently studying BA HONS Social Work degree at Strathclyde University, Maureen works in a Part Time capacity for Scottish Families as Family Support Development Officer for Falkirk and also as a Telehealth Interventionist. Maureen Joined Scottish Families for the second time in October 2016.
Programmes Manager (Seconded to Scottish Government)
Susie joined Scottish Families in May 2014 and is a Programmes Manager currently seconded to Scottish Government. Susie gained an LLB with Honours from the University of Glasgow in 2007. She comes from an Administrative and Human Resources Management background.