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Our trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the governance and running of the activities of the charity. They meet at least every two months to take reports of progress against objectives, assess applications for funding and monitor the fulfilment of the strategy for the organisation.

The Trustees

Meet our board

Lindsay Gardiner

Lindsay was appointed a Trustee in February 2015 and took over as Chair from March 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant and is a Partner with, and Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Scotland. Lindsay lives a stones throw from the Sick Kids in Edinburgh and is married with two young daughters.

Michael Dow

Michael Dow is a recently retired Investment Manager with experience in identifying and delivering long-term strategies to a broad range of investors, including charities. He became involved with Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity following the treatment of a family member at the hospital. Michael is Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair of the Board.

Paul Leonard

Paul Leonard started as a consultant in Emergency Medicine at both the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and St. John's Hospital in Jan 2006. Since then, he has seen the difference that Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity makes to the children and parents who attend both hospitals. Paul also has four children, all of whom have attended the hospitals and benefitted from the facilities provided by the charity He has become involved with Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity to help ensure that this good work continues.

Suzanne Wilson

Suzanne Wilson is senior legal counsel with Galliford Try plc. She is also a member of the Children’s Panel and has recently joined the Audit and Risk Committee of Heriot Watt University.

Mike Tumilty

Mike is Director of Operations for Aberdeen Standard Investments and was appointed as a Trustee of ECHC in January 2017. Having joined Standard Life as a graduate in 1994, he is now responsible for all aspects of asset management Operations and is focused on developing a world-class asset management operations team which can support the organisation’s global growth agenda and provide innovative solutions to increased complexity.
Mike is a retired football referee, having taken charge of 60 Scottish Premier League games during his 10 years operating at the top level of Scottish Football.  He is married to Anne and has two children, Ethan and Levi.

Gordon MacKinlay OBE

Gordon MacKinlay, retired Consultant Surgeon, was formally one of the senior members of staff at the hospital. As a paediatric laparoscopic surgeon, he pioneered many new forms of surgery. He is currently President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and was recently awarded an OBE for his work at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh,

Robin Blacklock

Robin is a chartered surveyor by profession and became a Trustee at the start of 2013, having been a willing contributor for a number of years - most notably when he led the EuroChampsChallenge in 2011, a football-based fundraising initiative which raised over £100,000 for Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity and a charity called Changing Faces. Robin's son Angus is well known in the corridors of the hospital and continues to inspire his dad to help. 

Keith Anderson

Keith is Chief Executive Officer for ScottishPower and he also sits on the ScottishPower Board, where he was appointed in February 2012. Keith has full responsibility for the Company’s activities in the UK including the £5.3bn investment plan to 2022 designed to strengthen the position of the Company as the Utility of the Future. Prior to joining ScottishPower, Keith had worked with some major financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with Ernst & Young.


John Brodie

John Brodie was appointed a Trustee of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity in September 2016. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he has been the Chief Executive of Scotmid Co-operative, Scotland’s largest independent retail co-operative since 2005. He has also been a member/Director of various industry bodies and charitable organisations. John is married with two children.

Tracey Ashworth Davies

Tracey became a Trustee in 2017. Currently HR Director for L&G Capital and CALA Homes, she has held similar Board roles within the wealth management, insurance, pension and drinks sectors. Outside HR, she has broad management experience, co-founding and becoming Managing Director of Bright Grey, a successful Life & Critical Illness company. She is on the Court of Heriot Watt university, chairing the Staff Committee. She is married with two daughters, both of whom have visited the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on more than one occasion.

Professor Angela Thomas OBE

Angela has recently retired from her position of Consultant Paediatric Haematologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children where she had a special interest in presentation of paediatric patients with bleeding disorders notably in the context of non-accidental injury. She is a past president of the British Society for Haematology and is currently the Honorary Librarian and Director of Heritage at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. In addition to her clinical work, Angela has more than 16 years experience in the licensing and regulation of medicines, with particular expertise in the field of vaccines, biological medicines and advanced therapies.


Lynda Cowie

Lynda Cowie has worked her whole career in the NHS in a variety of nursing roles including General Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. She has also held a number of managerial roles within the NHS most latterly the Associate Nurse Director for Children and Young People in NHS Lothian. It was during her time in this post that she saw the difference the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity makes to the lives of children and parents using services both in the hospitals and the community. Lynda has now retired from working in the NHS but was delighted to be appointed as a trustee in June 2018.