Our Board of Directors

 What does the Board do?

  • Helps to shape Who Cares? Scotland’s objectives, strategy and policy.
  • Ensures that Who Cares? Scotland is pursuing those strategic objectives in everything we do.
  • Oversees the financial management of the organisation and makes sure it acts within the law.

Our constitution states that the Board of Who Cares? Scotland can have up to 15 members – at least five of whom must be people who have Care Experience. Board members bring a range of skills and experience to the role and must always act in the best interests of the charity.

The Board can be contacted at board@whocaresscotland.org

Meet our Board members

Ryan McCuaig – Chair

My name is Ryan. I am one of the care experienced board members and Chair of the Board. I was in kinship care, looked after at home and I went through the children’s panel before the age of six. Later in life, I managed to graduate with a law degree and I’m now training to become a lawyer. I know that life can sometimes be difficult when you’re young through no fault of your own, but I also think that if you are given the appropriate support, you can achieve your goals. I believe that every care experienced person has potential and I will do my best to provide us with a voice on the board of Who Cares? Scotland.

Megan Sutherland – Vice Chair

Hello! I’m Megan, Vice-Chair of the Board. I became a member of Who Cares? Scotland when I was 15 and needed advocacy. I grew up in Inverness and had kinship, residential, foster and supported care placements and was homeless before I moved to study Policy and Statistics at Glasgow Uni. I also work at the Scottish Government in Homelessness. I’m passionate about equality, rights, belonging and believing in people. I’m a board member of Who Cares? Scotland to make sure everything we do is about these values and driven by our members. I want care in Scotland to be based on family environments that give us loving relationships that are lifelong. You can always find me at Camp, Care Family Christmas or email board@whocaresscotland.org if you would like to talk to me. 

Alicia Santana

Hello! I’m Alicia. I am a musician, an activist for Care Experienced and LGBTQ+ individuals, and I love most types of tea. I grew up in Edinburgh and was in Looked After at Home and Kinship care for most of my childhood. I was not aware that I was Care Experienced until I was introduced to Who Cares? Scotland, where I met other people who had experienced my types of care too. Understanding and exploring your care identity is a really powerful thing; it has changed my life and given me a new family. I believe that we have a really important role as an organisation in supporting those who have been in care to uphold their rights and talk about their experiences to help shape a better future of care.

Carmel Jacob

I am a Care Experienced member of Who Cares? Scotland. I grew up in Kinship Care and lived with my Gran from a young age. Involvement in Who Cares? Scotland has changed my life. It has granted me a sense of belonging and supported me to proudly own my identity as a member of the Care Experienced Community. There is nothing I am more passionate about than advocating for Who Cares? Scotland’s vision of a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced People. I believe that everyone has a unique contribution to make to this world. I work as an Educational Psychologist to support children and young people develop socially and emotionally healthy ways of coping with their life experiences and overcoming barriers to learning. I am committed to taking ownership of my role in ensuring that all members of our Care family are provided with the support and encouragement they need to realise their full potential and lead happy and fulfilling lives.

David Middleton

I went to school in Paisley before Glasgow University. I had a career in the public service covering housing, agriculture and transport, becoming chief executive of Transport Scotland in 2009, overseeing projects like the Queensferry Crossing and the Borders Railway. Now semi-retired, I chair the Board of the SQA which has links to Who Cares? Scotland. I live in Edinburgh with my wife, our one daughter is nearby. I play golf for exercise. I was involved in the Scout Movement until the early 90s but family, a career and voluntary service didn’t work for me. I would like to do something now.

Euan Haggerty

I’m Euan Haggerty and I am the Group Finance Director of the Cruden Group, one of Scotland’s largest development and construction groups.  I am a Chartered Accountant with significant experience of financial control in a corporate environment. I have a background in operational financial management within the property industry and financial services as well as significant corporate finance experience.  I joined the Who Cares? Scotland Board in 2015.

Ian Price

I’m Ian Price and I am an Ambassador at the Woodland Trust.  I have been a senior manager and public affairs professional for over 20 years, working across the voluntary, business and political sectors. This included six years with RSPB Scotland as head of public affairs and marketing, and time as general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party. I joined the Who Cares? Scotland Board in 2012.

Jennifer Royston

I started my career as a commercial lawyer, however since then I have chosen roles which give paramountcy to protecting vulnerable members of our society whether in developing countries or in the United Kingdom.  I have worked in a number of countries including Sierra Leone, Iraq, Nigeria and Uganda and I have seen the impact supporting an individual to voice breaches of their human rights can have and also the societal change that can result from enabling community members to work together to advocate for their rights.  I currently work as a Children’s Reporter and I aim to ensure that children and young people are at the forefront of any decision I make. I am passionate about assisting Who Cares? Scotland to empower both the individual and the collective voice.  

Lee Davidson

Hello, my name is Lee. I am a member of Who Cares? Scotland as a Care Experienced individual. The ethos of Who Cares mirrors my own personal values and beliefs. I am a mindful Health and Well-being Coach who empowers individuals to believe in themselves, teaching tools to help them deal with difficulties and build resilience.  My mission in life is to show every child and young person that they are worthy and that they are loved. They can be so much more than what the statistics say. I encourage self-love as a way of becoming the very best version of you. You are enough, just as you are. 

Sarah-Jane Linton

I’m a Head of Faculty at Edinburgh College and have been a senior manager in Further Education for 13 years. I am a proud corporate parent and loving foster parent to my three amazing sons. I also sit on BBC Children in Need’s grant making committee with a personal commitment to eradicating poverty and inequality for children in Scotland using my educational expertise. I experienced life as a professional classical singer before I moved into teaching and the inspirational world of further education. My own experience of poverty, growing up in Caldercruix with my five younger siblings and widowed mother have shaped my value base and drive to lead life-changing learning in colleges, just as it helped my family. 

Seonag MacKinnon

I was born in Pilton, Edinburgh to parents from the Outer Hebrides. I attended a comprehensive before heading to St Andrews University and then London where I worked as a journalist. After a career break to have three children, I  moved back to Scotland and became Education Editor at  The Scotsman  before working at the BBC for ten years. I am now a Communications and Public Affairs Consultant and a member of the Institute of Directors. I joined the board of WC?S as through professional and personal experience I was keenly aware of the acute challenges Care Experienced people face. 

Shaun Brittain

Hi, I’m Shaun. I am a sports fanatic and love the outdoors. I have recently started working as a children and families social worker. I also work in residential care on a part-time basis. I have brief care experience and consider myself very grateful for the support from representatives of Who Cares? Scotland in supporting me to achieve my goals. I like to think I am easy to talk to and will strive to represent the views of care experienced individuals.

Trevor Hillman

Until recently I was the UK Operations Director for a commercial insurance company, in a 40-year career that included sales, leadership, financial performance and regulatory compliance. I strongly believe in helping people and, as such, I am keen to be part of the Who Cares? Scotland Board and use the career / life skills that I have to ensure that members and the wider Care Experienced community are listened to, treated fairly and with respect.  I am a father to my 2 grown up sons and teenage adopted daughter. When the family is not keeping me busy or commenting on my bad dad jokes, I like to get out on the open road with my motorbike.

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