OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Alan Webb (Chair) worked mostly in the automotive sector for over 16 years, focussed on consumer, marketing/digital and future skills/education. He reduced his working hours earlier in 2017 to spend more time looking after his two young children. Alan is now an independent advisor on leadership, learning and work-life influences to other organisations. He has also been a Hearing Chair and Panel Member at Children’s Hearings Scotland before joining our Board of Trustees in 2016. Alan has particular interest in education, early years, care experience, adoption and family inclusion in services and communities.
Matthew Trotter (Treasurer) joined the Board in 2013 following his move to Glasgow after graduating from the University of Stirling. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland). He currently works for Turbine Services as a Financial Accountant, following time at PwC and Johnston Carmichael as an auditor.
Anita Heyes graduated from Stirling University in HR Management in 2000 and worked in recruitment and training. Following volunteer experience supporting children with disabilities, she moved into employability work with adults with learning disabilities. This inspired her to complete a Masters of Social Work at Strathclyde University and she worked as a qualified Social Worker for over 8 years in the voluntary and statutory sectors with children and families, and latterly in adult mental health. She is now a Senior Social Worker.
Anita is also a Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Supervisor. VIG works by engaging clients actively in a process of change towards realising their own hopes for a better future in their relationships with others who are important to them.
As a previous HSGN supported family, Zainab Gontor joined the Board as a family representative in 2017. She also chairs the HSGN Family Forum, a new initiative that puts the needs, feedback and ideas of our families at the heart of our service design.
Since 2008, Zainab has worked as a Relief Support Worker with Threshold Glasgow supporting adults with learning disabilities. Before coming to the UK in 2007, she worked for 10 years as a Regulatory Officer with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry, and a certificate in counselling from West of Scotland College. She is also currently training with a food and nutrition cookware company from America.
Having completed a degree in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, Molly Taylor moved to Glasgow in 2006 to undertake a PhD at the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow. She completed her thesis – Problem Drug Use and Fatherhood – in 2011. Molly joined HSGN as a home-visiting volunteer in June 2017 and became a volunteer representative Board member in November 2017. She is also a member of the HSGN Family Forum.
Edinah Nyobendo lived and worked in the retail industry in Reading for 10 years before moving to Glasgow in 2013. As a previous HSGN supported family, she became a home-visiting volunteer in November 2016 and joined the Board as a volunteer representative in November 2017.
Edinah has a particular interest in social care and has qualifications in that field. She is currently a second year BA (Hons) Education and Social Services student and works as a sessional Direct Access Worker at Aspire Housing and Personal Development Services.
Jade Hebdon graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Primary Education in 2015. After working in schools around Edinburgh for 2 years, she moved to Glasgow and took up a post as a Primary 2 teacher in a school to the north of Glasgow. She joined the Board in January 2018 after previously being involved in the running of a children’s charity whilst at university. Jade’s interests lie in early childhood and development and the importance of early interventions and support. She is currently undertaking a Masters Degree at Stirling University in Promoting Equity in Education.