Fiona MacLeod, Past Chair
Fiona is our immediate past Chair and now a roving awareness raiser and friend. As a senior executive with 22 years international energy sector experience, Fiona sat on over 20 JV and Corporate Boards across some 20 countries. Here she was able to apply her significant marketing, commercial and business transformational experience from a non-executive perspective. Fiona also directly led operational, strategic and marketing businesses in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, USA, Japan, Mexico and Venezuela. Her businesses were regularly in the $1 billion plus turnover range.
Fiona then set up her own company where she is now applying her leadership experience with senior leaders and their teams in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Her international clients include Qantas, Australian Government, Boston Consulting Group and Our Community.
Fiona is a Non-Executive Director of SThree plc, CYBG and Denholm Oilfield Services.
Kate works at the UBS Wealth Management office in Edinburgh, assisting a growing number of sophisticated clients with their personal wealth management requirements. Kate has worked for UBS Wealth Management since 2006 after moving over from UBS Investment bank. Kate holds a First Class Honours Business Management and Psychology degree from Aston Business School and enjoys all outdoor pursuits including; climbing, mountaineering, riding, skiing and also netball.
Kay Feegan has a background in health care and worked for over 30 years in the NHS. Qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist, she worked first in Glasgow and then in Ayrshire. Until her retirement from the NHS in 2010, she was Manager of the Speech and Language Therapy Service in NHS Ayrshire and Arran and in this capacity had close working relationships with voluntary organisations and charities operating within the health care sector.
Kay was Scottish Councillor on the Board of Trustees of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in London for over five years, and is currently a Director of two charities in Ayrshire – The May Lockhart Trust and Friends of Portencross Castle. She is on the Scottish Council of ‘Parkinson’s UK’.
You may recognise Susan Morrison from the comedy stage.
Susan has a very successful career in comedy hosting big weekend shows at Glasgow’s popular Stand Comedy Club and performing solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe “My Life With The Titanic” and “Auld Reekie’s Oxters”.
Along with stand-up comedy, Susan has been a regular on BBC Scotland making appearances on The Fred MacAulay Show and co-presenting The Morning Show on Edinburgh radio station Talk 107. Susan has also presented a number of radio documentaries on a range of topics from history to current politics.
Susan also has previous experience in marketing from working in a telecoms firm.
With her quick-thinking, fast-talking, no nonsense approach we are delighted she is a founder member of the Women’s Impact Network
For more news on Susan’s appearances visit her website www.suziemo.co.uk
Tom has spent the main part of his business career with Scottish & Newcastle plc, with various roles including finance, brewing and corporate strategy. He has been involved with several charities and voluntary organisations throughout his career and has a number of non-
executive appointments in both business and the voluntary sectors.
Tom has a wealth of experience; he was seconded as a volunteer through VSO to work in Papua New Guinea, on business development; he has been the chairman of a mountain rescue team; on the governing body of a university; and now works with Pilotlight, a charity which puts business and professional staff into contact with charities that are looking for support with their own strategic plans.
Tom has been involved with Foundation Scotland for over ten years and joined the Foundation Scotland board in December 2010.
Nicola is the Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland, a membership organisation representing the House Building industry in Scotland. She currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group, and also represents the industry on the NHBC Scottish Committee, and is a member of the Consumer Code for Home Builders Board and Women in Property.
Nicola recently formed a charity partnership between Homes for Scotland and Habitat for Humanity, and was lucky enough to travel to India last year to work on a women’s build for a family within a rural tribal community.
She is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and became a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1998.
Liz has a wealth of experience within the Library sector having been Head of Libraries and Information Service for the City of Edinburgh and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland. She is currently the Director of Digital Library and Cultural Experiences SOLUS UK.
Named as one of Scotland’s Top Tech 100 in 2017 and recognised as one of the Scotsman’s top 10 Digital Disruptors in 2016, Liz is continuously driving the digital agenda in Scotland, putting libraries, information and innovative technology on the map.
Liz is incredibly proud to have been named as a finalist in Scottish Women in Technology 2017 and last year on International Women’s Day she was honoured to be named as one of Scotland’s Women of Inspiration.
Liz is an Advisory board member for Internet Librarian International and a former member of the Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University.
Jane joined Lloyds Banking Group in 1992 and is currently Head of Mid Markets. She has developed her banking career across a number of client and delivery teams across Leveraged Finance, Credit, Risk and the SME and Mid Markets businesses within Commercial Banking. Jane shapes and defines strategy alongside the Scotland and North of England leadership team, central to which is demonstrating the Bank’s support to help Britain prosper globally.
Jane currently has responsibility for the whole of Scotland with relationships for corporate clients with turnover in excess of £25 million.
Sara Hawkins is a LLB Law graduate with an MSc in Finance & Banking Regulation with several years’ experience working in financial services. After being diagnosed with PTSD in 2012, Sara left the financial services to build a new community gym, Projekt 42 and is now working towards becoming an accountant.
Projekt 42 works to bring a variety of activities suitable for ages 3+ to senior citizens. The aim of the charity’s activities is to help children and adults see and understand the connection between their mind and their body, and appreciate the need to take care of both. The gym aims to make, in communities, social prescribing, i.e. access to community, supported group activities, the most popular form of treatment for depression, anxiety and stress.
The charity delivers the UK’s only Physical Active Counselling programme – a 12-week course combining personal training, life coaching and counselling designed to help people make sustainable positive changes in their lives, runs 90+ hours of activities per week from family fitness, gentle yoga to Many Thai and combat club.
Since May 2017, over 100,000 class bookings have been made. The unique circular revenue model has enabled over 600 4-week fitness, yoga and meditation free passes to be provided to the community, over 500 hours of free fitness classes have been provided. Ove 2660 volunteer hours have been provided by qualified fitness instructors, 9 community members who were unemployed and who were struggling with depression, anxiety or stress completed fitness training paid for by the charity, 7 Community members have completed Walk Leader Training and can now lead community walks, 10 volunteers attended a Leadership and Management course funded by Social Enterprise Scotland, and three members of the Projekt 42 team now attend University, which is supported by their employment at the charity.
The charity opened in May 2017 with just four volunteers and now has a strong team of 52 employees and volunteers. Since opening, the charity has won several awards including the Social Enterprise ‘One to Watch’ 2017, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce ‘Best New Start Business’ 2018 and was the finalist in the GB Entrepreneur Awards 2018 and 2019, UK Social Enterprise Award 2017 and Scottish Charity SCVO Awards ‘Charity Champion’ 2018.
Starting out in community education 25 years ago, Hazel set up, developed & managed organisations and projects combatting exclusion and inequality working with third sector and public sector services and economic development agencies.
Much of the work she has been involved in over the years has focused specifically on gender equality: managing Women Onto Work in Edinburgh; working with the European Commission on research and development projects that promoted women’s participation in education, enterprise and employment and as a volunteer in rural Senegal with women’s rural development.
In 2015 Hazel moved back to Berwickshire and applied her life’s learning, creating ReTweed, a social enterprise delivering craft, heritage and textiles skills to women who face multiple and complex barriers, breaking cycles of poverty, isolation, ill-health and low aspiration.
Hazel’s social enterprise represents excellence in its field: in just three years from start-up ReTweed has gone from an idea to employing 8 staff, becoming a trusted provider with a robust curriculum and great network of multi-agency and word-of mouth referrals, delivering 10 courses to 72 women, and now simultaneously delivers training, commercial workshops and volunteer manufacturing days. ReTweed has moved from borrowed space in a community hall to running a high street retail and workshop space. Women’s feedback about their learning is powerful and positive outcomes are real. The Women’s Fund supported ReTweed with grant funding at start-up and then again in 2017 and 2018 with awards towards the cost of training and volunteering and more recently for the establishment of a Business Incubator for women setting-up their own creative businesses.
Caroline is a coach with Glasgow Girls Football Club. She coaches the Under 11s and the Under 15s having previously played for the club. As well as coaching Caroline is a Community & Youth coach at the club and enjoys representing the club for school visits.
Caroline studied Fitness Health and Exercise at Glasgow City College and is now an Apprentice Coach on the coach core programme with Glasgow Sport. Caroline’s qualifications include SFA Level 1 Youth & Children’s Player Pathway. HND Fitness, Health and exercise and First Aid.
In 2014 Caroline won Young sport volunteer of the year for her Community & Youth work within the club. Other football related roles include being a Team Secretary and an SWPL Match Day Co-ordinator.
When not living and breathing football, Caroline is a Dispute Resolution Representative with Tesco Bank – a role she has held for over 3 years. This has led to an additional qualification in Providing Financial Services.
If you watch our video of Glasgow Girls closely – you will see Caroline coaching from goals. Caroline has been a WFS Brand Ambassador since April 2018.