A little about...
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.
Meet our board
Lindsay was appointed a Trustee in February 2015 and took over as Chair from March 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant and is a former Partner and Scotland Regional Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers from where he retired in June 2021. Lindsay lives a stones throw from the old "Sick Kids" in Edinburgh and is married with two teenage daughters.
Mike was appointed as Global Chief Operating officer in March 2019. He is responsible for all aspects of Operations and Technology across our company, including the management of our relationships with major outsource providers. Mike also has overall responsibility for Platform Operations in the UK. Mike joined Standard Life as a graduate trainee in 1994. before his current role, he previously had senior roles in Mutual Funds Operations, Change Management and Investment Operations. he was appointed to the Board of Standard Life Investments as Executive Director of Operations in August 2010, a role which expanded with the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017. Mike is also a former professional referee, having taken charge of 60 Scottish Premier League games during 10 years at the top level of Scottish football. He is married and has two children.
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. Keith is a member of the UK Government's Investment Trade Advisory Group and is also a COP26 Business Leader. In January 2021 is became Chair of CBI Scotland. 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 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 Director of Workforce at NHS Education for Scotland. She is also a highly experienced financial services professional having held senior roles with Legal & General, Toronto Dominion Bank Group, Royal London Group and Scottish Provident. She understands the challenges scaling businesses as she so-founded and went on to lead Bright Grey, a life insurance company start-up. She also has experience in sectors outside financial services: health and care, FMCG, manufacturing, construction and real estate. She served as a member of The Court of Heriot Watt University for 8 years where she was also Chair of the Staff Committee. Tracey was educated at the University of Leeds and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. 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 retired in 2017 from her position of Consultant Paediatric Haematologist at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People 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 was acting President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from June 2020-June 2021. She 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 18 years experience in the licensing and regulation of medicines, with particular expertise in the field of vaccines, biological medicines and advanced therapies. She was recently appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult.
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.
Fiona is a Director for Lindsay’s in their Commercial Property group with over 18 years' experience in the sector, including four years in-house for a UK Clearing Bank and five years at a major London based firm.
She practises in all areas of commercial property but has significant experience in secured lending, property support on corporate transactions and commercial leasing. She has acted for a broad range of clients from PLC companies and banks to private individuals. More recently her focus has been on clients within the charity and education sector, most notably acting for the University of Edinburgh in relation to the Edinburgh Bioquarter and merger with the Roslin Institute, and various charities involved in the restoration of historic buildings, in particular Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.
Fiona lives in Edinburgh and is married with two children.
Louise is a Director of her own Clinical Psychology practice and worked in the NHS for 18 years, reaching Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Her main interests are parenting and attachment and she spends much of her time doing Court work as well as running a small clinic for children and young people. Attachment throughout the lifespan is something which underpins the psychology of each and every one of us and something which is used in all the psychology work she undertakes. Louise is particularly passionate about the mental heal of children and young people and helping to bring about societal change that protects our people. Louise lives in East Lothian with her children.
Richard Slater (non-Trustee Committee member)
Richard is a Partner within Deloitte and is Head of Deloitte's UK Investment Advisory business and Pension practice in Scotland, a position which he has held since 2011. Based in Edinburgh, Richard has over 27 years' experience in advising corporates and Trustees across all aspects of investment issues. Prior to joining Deloitte, Richard was a Partner and senior investment advisor within PWC for Scotland.
Lyndsay Gowans (non Trustee Committee member)
Lyndsay graduated from The University of Aberdeen with a Master of Arts in Property. Now based in Edinburgh, she is a Chartered Surveyor with J&E Shepherd Surveyors. She is a keen hockey player and a founding member of the Craig Gowans Memorial Fund. Among many fundraising events, Lyndsay participated in a successful Guinness World Record attempt resulting in the Fund winning the Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year Award 2015. All proceeds were donated to ECHC.
Lyndsay has recently become a new mum to Oliver.
Paul Leonard (non Trustee Committee member)
I am a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine at the RHCYP, a father of four children, and a grandfather. I have seen the benefits of the work that ECHC does and am keen to contribute to this. Having served the full term allowed as a Trustee of the charity I am delighted to be able to continue my support by acting as an advisor to the Grants Committee.