Board of Directors
The Board of Directors are the Trustees of Carolina House Trust. They provide us with a breadth of experience and expertise within social work, finance, education, research, business and law. Trustees contribute their time on a voluntary basis to help set and oversee the strategic direction of Carolina House Trust.
The principal responsibilities of the Board include determining the overall strategy, policies, direction and goals of Carolina House Trust; protecting and promoting the identity and values of the charity; and fulfilling our statutory responsibilities.
Carolina House Trust is committed to Good Governance and signed up to the Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector in 2019.
The Board of Directors meet on a two-monthly basis. Board meetings consider all areas of the organisation on a strategic level and reports are provided by the Heads of Service on their respective area. Smaller subgroups of Board members and staff are set up to deal with specific matters; e.g. Health & Safety; Workforce Development.
Our Trustees are:
Donald MacKenzie (Chair)
I took early retirement in 2014 in order to spend time with my wife, who was suffering from cancer. Unfortunately, Sheila died before we could enjoy retirement together. Since then, I have thrown myself into photography in a serious way. I hold a Licentiate award from the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers and am aiming for the next step, which would be an Associateship.
My background is in the Highlands of Scotland. I was born and brought up in the Lochaber area, near Fort William. When I left school I moved to Inverness to work and was in and around Inverness for about 20 years. I was a glorified book-keeper in various businesses and ended up doing something that I didn’t enjoy. When I decided to change my career and got a social work qualification in 1990, I got a job in Perth and then Dundee and I’ve lived in Glenfarg ever since.
For many years the sport of Shinty was central to my life. I was a player and then got involved in the administration, ending up as a Director of the governing body. I also played a major part in developing the child protection policy and practice for sport in Scotland through an association with Children 1st and SportScotland. I am no longer involved in the game. All my voluntary activity is now dedicated to CHT and, unless, they chuck me off, I hope it will be for many years to come.
Gavin Strachan (Deputy Chair)
I am a Dundee boy, “educated” at Downfield and Eastern Primaries then Dundee High School. My business life started in Insurance and I spent six years living in Glasgow. I then had a career change to Joinery Manufacturing, spending 29 years with McTavish Ramsay before moving to Dovetail Enterprises for 14 years.
I am now retired but I fill my time with involvements at CHT, Brae Riding, St John Ambulance and Transform. This year I am President of Dundee Rotary club. In my spare time, my interests are golf, cycling (not too energetically), travelling and reading – Gone are the days of squash, tennis and skiing!
I was born in Calcutta a long time ago. My parents came from Dundee and my father and grandfather were in the jute business. I married Anne in 1973 and we have three children and six grandchildren. I was educated as a boarder at Morrisons Academy, Crieff and then senior school at Dundee High School. I graduated in law from Dundee University in 1970 and went to work for a firm of solicitors in Reform Street. That firm, after takeovers and amalgamations, is now Blackadders. I spent my entire 42-year career in Reform Street and never regretted it. It was a challenging and demanding and sometimes frightening business but I was lucky to work with great people and it certainly wasn’t boring. I became a partner in the firm at the age of 28 and went on to become Head of the Conveyancing Department, Managing Partner and Chairman and Senior Partner. The last two jobs weren’t the same. You had to be voted in as Chairman. I sat on the board of Tayside Solicitors Property Centre for 14 years and was Chairman for four years.
Charity work has always interested me. I was the first president in Scotland of the junior Rotary organisation, Rotaract in 1970, Chairman of Dundee Tayside Round Table in 1980 and President of the Rotary Club of Dundee in 1999/2000. I received a Paul Harris award from Rotary and I’m still quite heavily involved.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed hillwalking and have notched up the West Highland Way, Speyside Way and others in Scotland. Anne and I have also walked in Tuscany, Provence, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast. We both do a bit of cycling and I swim at the David Lloyd pool twice a week.
The grandchildren keep us busy.
I have been a board member with CHT for the last two years. I was an accountant before I retired and spent some time working here at Carolina House Trust so some of the members of staff know me quite well!! I’m a Mum and a Granny – the Granny bit is the best fun!
My spare time is spent enjoying lots of different hobbies which include jewellery making, gardening, DIY and walking as well as two Pilates classes every week.
I graduated from the University of St Andrews after going back to education as a ‘mature’ student having left school at 16. I currently work in Student Recruitment & Marketing for Al-Maktoum College in Dundee and have experience of working in widening access and with care experienced young people.
I believe that opportunities should be available for all and so I joined the board of Carolina House Trust to help support children and young people to achieve their potential.
I live in Dundee with my husband and stepson and enjoy travelling and learning about different cultures (and trying different foods). I also enjoy running, walking and reading in my spare time.
Originally from Cheshire, I moved to Tayport in 1998 after meeting my husband, so that we could live closer to his two young sons. We are now lucky to have four grown-up children and an adorable granddaughter. In my free time, I love exploring the Scottish towns and countryside on our doorstep, crocheting, sewing, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
I am a chartered management accountant with experience in a wide variety of sectors. I am currently the Finance Director for Altar Group based in Broughty Ferry.
CHT supports youngsters to overcome challenging backgrounds, a cause close to my heart. Through my personal experiences, and my role as a mentor with Dundee Breakthrough I have first-hand experience of the fostering system and witnessed how children’s lives can be changed for the better. It is very rewarding to be able to support the team.
We are always keen to recruit new members to the Board of Directors. You can find out more about what the role involves and how to get in touch with questions on our Member of the Board of Directors vacancy page.