Our Team

We are a small staff team of 5 employees. We are supported by a governing Board consisting of 12 Trustees who represent a wide range of disciplines essential to the running of the Trust. There are 3 Board meetings held annually in February, June and October. Our outreach bereavement support services are delivered in the community by dedicated support workers whom we contract the services of for set hours per week. We have two regular volunteers who help us deliver our work and some amazing ambassadors who promote the work of the charity.

Executive Director: Lynsay Allan

Lynsay, our Executive Director,  joined the Trust in 2013 after working in the NHS leading a project on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Lynsay, formerly a Radiographer for 16 years, has been involved in many research activities during her career. Special research interests have included trauma injury scoring with post-mortem radiography which formed the basis of her thesis for an MSc in forensic medicine.  Lynsay  seized the opportunity to work in the area of SUDI  and hasn’t looked back since. She has a close working relationship with many professionals from the various agencies involved when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly. “It is a great privilege to work with families across Scotland.  I am constantly reminded of their strive to turn the tragedy they have experienced into something positive. An important part of our role is to support them to achieve this”.

Lynsay’s motto is “Go to work every day with fire in your belly”.

Lynsay can be contacted at .

Administrator: Lorna Fairie

Lorna joined the team at the end of February 2020.  She has many years of experience providing administrative support in the legal, healthcare and charity sectors, all of which involved client/customer contact.  This included working with the Social and Pastoral Care team at a hospice in Glasgow and, more recently before joining us, volunteering for a local Credit Union.  Lorna is the first point of contact when someone phones the Trust and she acts as a link between clients and support workers, in addition to keeping records updated and assisting with the day to day running of the Trust.

Fundraising Manager: Marlene Graham

Marlene joined us in October 2018 after working as the Fundraising Coordinator for Scotland at a UK wide charity for 2.5 years.
Having always had a passion for helping others, Marlene has volunteered for many different organisations over the years.
She is exploring new and exciting avenues in which to generate much needed funds for the Trust, whilst helping our wonderful supporters and volunteers with their own fundraising efforts. Whether you have some ideas of your own, or need a little help to get started, you can contact Marlene on .

Education Manager: Sarah Neary

Sarah joined us in August 2020 and her role focuses on the development and delivery of education sessions across Scotland. This includes the promotion of ‘safe sleep’ and ‘reduce the risk’ messaging as well as SUDI simulation sessions. Sarah will reach out to key people who are likely be involved if a SUDI happens (including the police and A&E staff) so that we can build a supportive network of professionals across the country who can connect and learn from one another.

Sarah has worked within the charity sector for several years across fundraising, digital participation and community education projects. She is passionate about supporting others and sharing our messages so that professionals and families feel comfortable and confident talking about these topics.

You can contact her on to book an education session or find out more about the resources we have available.

Finance Officer: Shona Latto

Shona joined the team in early 2014. Shona is responsible for all of the income and expenditure tracking, and banking the generous donations that we are given and prepares budget reports for our Executive and Board meetings. Shona works with our Fundraising Manager, Marlene, to ensure anyone fundraising for us has all of the information they need to set up their own fundraising platform and will gladly provide information about ways to make regular or one-off donations.

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Our Community based Bereavement Support Workers

Support Worker: Franny Mawditt

Franny first worked with the Trust for around 12 years as both a Supervisor and Counsellor. She became a Community Bereavement  Support Worker for the us in 2014 covering the West of Scotland.

For many years Franny was a teacher, working in both Scotland and England. She then re-trained as a Counsellor. Franny is married to Robert and they have a very lively dog called Talisker, a Gordon Setter. Franny is a member at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow and enjoys meeting people, as well as hill walking and going to the cinema.

Support Worker: Debbie Tinkler

Debbie decided to train to be a counsellor after suffering severe post natal depression 30 years ago. Eventually completing her training, Debbie set up and ran a counselling service for 7 years in Perth. She has been involved with bereavement counselling through her volunteering with Cruse and a small involvement with SANDS a number of years ago. Currently, she works as a supervisor for Cruse and works in private practice. Debbie is also accredited with BACP.

Debbie began with us in 2016 and covers the East of Scotland.

Debbie loves walking, especially on the beach close to her home, and most things crafty, however, she is never without a knitting project or two.  Relationships are very important to Debbie and a good catch up coffee with family and friends is always a priority in her diary.

Support Worker: Maggie Edwards

After several years working in a variety of supportive and advisory roles, Maggie undertook formal counselling training. Recently qualified, she is a member of the BACP. At present she is a volunteer Counsellor with CHAS based at the children hospice Rachael House and also delivers counselling for a free generic counselling service in Perth.

She continues to work part time for MND Scotland supporting those affected by MND and their families. In her own time she enjoys singing with a small community choir, walking on the hills and spending time with her family and friends.

“I am fortunate in all my roles to continue to meet amazing people with individual personal strengths”.

Maggie began as a bereavement Support Worker for us in 2017 covering the North of Scotland.

Support Worker: Audrey Lappin

Audrey is a semi retired nurse who has 38 years experience in the NHS. She worked in Neuro intensive care looking after critically ill children and adults.   Within this role she cared for patients who found themselves there due to tragic events – “I had a great interest in supporting the patient and family’s in such tragic circumstances”.

Audrey went onto work in general intensive care, again caring for the critically ill for many years. An opportunity arose and she worked for NHS Blood Transplant as a Procurement Transplant Co-ordinator. Part of this role was facilitating organ donation from patients who died. Audrey had a great interest in supporting the families through tragic circumstances and offered bereavement visits post organ donation.  Alongside other colleagues, she was responsible for organising the first Scottish remembrance service for recipients of organ donors to give thanks to donor families.  She is very proud to have been part of such an amazing event.

She retired from a senior charge nurse post last year and has returned as a part time staff nurse working in older people’s services.

Audrey’s interests are walking, swimming, gym and caring for her dog. She is married and has two children, Lewis (22) and Sarah (20) who she loves to spend time with.

Our Board of Trustees

Chairman & Trustee: Dr Mary Ray

Dr Mary Ray became chairman in February 2018, having been a trustee since 2013. Mary has worked in Paediatrics for the last 38 years and as a Consultant for last 24 years. Having recently retired, Mary was a General Paediatrician with an interest in Rheumatology. Mary’s role encompassed the care of children, dealing with their carers and parents, and training of junior doctors and nurses and other allied professionals, and as a senior examiner for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

In these years, Mary has had experience of many families who have been bereaved with the loss of a child and the pain that goes with it.

Mary was on the board of trustees of CHAS (Childrens’ Hospice Association of Scotland) and held the post of Vice Chairman. Mary stepped down from the CHAS Board in Sept 2013 after 10 years with the charity.

Trustee: Miss Agnes Malone

Agnes has a varied and impressive background, which started in nursing and developed into senior management roles both in the UK and abroad. On returning to the UK in 1980, she spent two years nursing in Roxburgh House, the adult hospice in Dundee, followed by posts with Tayside Regional Council Social Work Department, developing services for the elderly and the Archdiocese of Glasgow Social Services where latterly she was appointed Director of Social Services. Her most recent post was Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospice Association (CHAS), from which she retired in February 2006. Agnes has many interests and currently holds additional Trusteeships with the Pastoral Care Trust (Archdiocese of Glasgow) and the Mungo Foundation.

Trustee: Annie Hair

Annie is a health visitor in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Chair of the Community Practitioners & Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) Scotland. Annie has a wealth of experience in community nursing, and her current role as lead involves teaching and HR. Annie is a Scottish representative for Unite.

Trustee: Alastair McLean

Alastair McLean is a Chartered Wealth Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He has a law degree from The University of Dundee as well as an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business. Alastair joined Rathbones in 2015 and has over 25 years of experience in private client investment management.

Trustee: Ms Yvonne Millman

Yvonne was born and brought up in London. Having graduated from Nottingham University, she began her working life in social work in and around London. In March 1996 she had her first child, Sam, who tragically died aged 10 weeks as the result of a cot death. As most bereaved parents know, the following months were a daily struggle: searching for reasons, wondering “what if….” and generally lacking in interest in many things that had previously been so central in life. Fortunately, Yvonne was referred by her Health visitor to a local parent support group which met monthly. This helped enormously both in the months following the cot death and also when Yvonne became pregnant with her next child, Daniel.

In 1988, Yvonne and her family moved to Aberdeen. After the birth of her daughter, Leah, in the winter of 1988, Yvonne was asked by two community midwives if she would consider setting up a support group in Aberdeen. She co-ordinated the support and fundraising aspects of this group for seven years, as well as helping with befriender training days.

Today, Yvonne has three children Daniel (28) Leah (25) and Aaron (19). She is a lecturer in the school of Applied Social Studies at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Trustee: DCI Adrian Lawrie

Adrian is a retired Detective Chief Inspector with Police Scotland and served for thirty-seven years. During his career Adrian mainly specialised in CID duties investigating a broad range serious crime.

For the last fifteen years of his service Adrian specialised in child and adult protection and the management of registered sex offenders. His drive and commitment to public protection led to membership on a number of Scottish Government groups including the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy national reference group in 2010 and continued to the end of his service at the end of March 2014.

Adrian gained an MSc in Child Care and Protection from the University of Dundee in 2012 and continues to improve his skills and knowledge to protect vulnerable people from harm.

Adrian has a teenage daughter who is a competitive swimmer and Adrian and his wife are volunteer judges with Scottish Swimming supporting local, regional and national competitions and their daughter’s club.

Trustee: Sue Bomphray

Sue is an experienced HR Director and board member.

She brings a diverse range of commercial, functional and consultancy experience gained across a number of sectors. Her career commenced at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and she spent six years as an Army Officer in operational and HR roles. After leaving the army Sue spent time at Compaq/Hewlett Packard in a variety of roles, then an entrepreneurial IT outsourcing company as HR Director and subsequently Managing Director followed by a year as an HR consultant working with the MOD and NHS. Sue has 13 years experiences in Financial Services having worked for both National Australia Group (now Virgin Money) and Barclays in HR Director roles.

Sue is passionate about issues affecting veterans and was founding member and co-chair of the Barclays military network in Scotland for 7 years.  Sue currently co-chairs the Scottish Government’s Veterans Employability Strategic Group.  Sue is also a trustee and board member at Scottish Veterans Residences and St Columba’s School.

Trustee: Dr Dawn Penman

Dr Dawn Penman, a Perinatal and Paediatric Pathologist working in the Pathology Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, joins our Board of Trustees. Dawn brings with her a wealth of expertise in Paediatric Pathology of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy. She has informed the work of various national groups including the Scottish Government SUDI working group. Dawn presented at the 2016 SUDI Scotland summit, where her talk was very well received by the various disciplines attending. Dawn also brings her experience of working with families in helping them by answering questions they have about their child’s post mortem. We are delighted to have Dawn on the Board.

Trustee: Wilma Carragher

Wilma became a Trustee in 2016, having been a supporter of the Trust since 2010. She has developed a niche for fundraising and has worked closely with the Community Fundraiser to raise not only money, but awareness of cot death.

Wilma’s inspiration is her son Andrew, who passed away in 1990 and her motivation and passion is to ensure that any family who have experienced the devastation of a sudden death of their child are supported throughout their journey and that anyone who cares for a young child is aware of how to reduce the risks of a cot death happening.

Sharing Andrew’s short life and the impact his death had on his 2 older brothers, Chris and Liam, and his younger brother Jamie has enabled Wilma to raise the funds required to produce 2 children’s books designed to support siblings.

Rory’s Star focuses on the children that have lived through the loss of their brother or sister and Andrew’s Rainbow concentrates on the children who are born after – both books aim to help families explain the inexplicable.

Wilma represents bereaved families on the Board, contributing greatly to progressing the aims of the Trust.

Trustee: Alexis Graham

Alexis is a partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn commercial law firm based in the  Glasgow office. She specializes in all aspects of estate planning and asset protection including the administration and formation of trusts, preparation of wills and powers of attorney, inheritance tax mitigation and executry administration. She has a particular interest in charity law and has considerable experience dealing with contentious and complex executries.
Alexis is also a Notary Public and a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Alexis also has an Advance Certificate in Family Business Advising (Distinction awarded).

Trustee: David Stewart MSP

Mr David Stewart, MSP for Highlands and Islands for Scottish Labour Party

David joined our Board in 2019 and represents bereaved parents. David and his wife Linda experienced their own personal loss when their baby son, Liam died in 1991 from cot death.
David will be helping us to promote some of our campaigns and with our PR and media strategy.

Trustee: Gil Paterson MSP

Mr Gil Paterson, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie for Scottish National Party.

Gil joined our Board in 2019 having supported the charity for many years.  Gil is keen to share his business and fundraising knowledge to assist us in creating a new fundraising strategy.

Our Scientific Advisory Committee

Co-opted Trustee: Dr Tom Turner (Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee)

Tom joined the board in 2005 as a Trustee and member of the scientific advisory committee. Tom was a Consultant Paediatrician in Glasgow at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Queen Mother’s Hospital, where he worked for almost thirty years. He has a particular interest in the care of newborn infants and was the Clinical Director for the Queen Mother’s Hospital for several years. He represented his colleagues on a number of important National Committees and was Advisor to the Scottish Executive on maternity and children’s services. Dr Turner has also been actively involved in the education of doctors and nursing colleagues. He has a grownup family and several grandchildren. His main recreations are walking and gardening.

The following are members of our Scientific Advisory Committee:

Dr Mary Ray
Professor David Tappin
Dr Una McFadyen
Mrs Lynsay Allan
Dr Paul Brown
Professor Colin Smith
Professor Sameer Zuberi