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.
Our governing body
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 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 The Sick Kids Friends Foundation following the treatment of a family member at the hospital. Michael is Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair of the Board.
Elizabeth is an employment lawyer with Turcan Connell and lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children. She first became involved with The Sick Kids Friends Foundation as a fundraising ambassador after experiencing the hospital first hand as a parent and wishing to give something back. She was appointed as a Trustee in August 2014.
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 The Sick Kids Friends Foundation 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 SKFF. He has become involved with the Foundation to help ensure that this good work continues
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.
Lady Shona Stewart
Shona Stewart is a retired primary school teacher. Having spent several spells in hospital as a child, she was eager to improve the conditions and respect for today’s children and their families. She sits on the Grants Committee and has a particular interest in the work of the SKFF-funded Drop in Centre..
Isabel is retired, with nine years experience as an executive nurse director in NHS Lothian Trusts. She previously worked for many years in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (in a number of posts from staff nurse to Director of Nursing) and began supporting the SKFF from its inception while working there and has continued to do so since. She also now brings experience from working as a director with a number of local and national charities.
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 became a Trustee at the start of 2013 but has 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 the SKFF and a charity called Changing Faces. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, Robin heads the Scottish office of Grosvenor in Edinburgh. Robin's son Angus is well known in the corridors of the hospital and continues to inspire his dad to help.
Keith is Chief Corporate Officer for ScottishPower with responsibility for the Iberdrola Group's activities in the UK and in particular leading the Group's £15bn investment plan to 2020. Keith also retains his role as Chief Executive Officer of ScottishPower Renewables, which is the UK arm of Iberdrola's Renewables Division. His responsibility encompasses all of the Group’s renewables activity in the UK and Iberdrola's global offshore business. 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 the SKFF 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.