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.
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 Chief Executive and Managers on specific areas of service. Smaller sub groups 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 a 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 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 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.
Born in Liverpool, I originally studied industrial ceramics at University, which led me into training special needs youngsters. My career quickly diverted into Human Resources and I have since spent the majority of my career working at HR Director level and more recently as a HR Consultant/Specialist. I have an MA in Strategic HR Management and I am a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
My work experience puts me in a rare group of people who have worked at every level of British education, including Foundation School, Junior, Secondary, Further and Higher education. I have also worked with a broad range of companies/organisations as well as in the NHS, Civil Service, animal conservation (Edinburgh Zoo and The Highland Wildlife Park) and the world of professional football with Wigan Athletic FC – sadly not as a player, but as Head of Commercial Department.
I enjoy everything music and have been lucky enough to grab my 30 minutes of fame, appearing on TV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ and ‘Stars In Their Eyes Christmas Special’ back in the mid-90’s – an experience I will always treasure. I also enjoy writing poetry, photography, crafts and experiencing other cultures – having lived in The Netherlands for a number of years I was able to travel easily and have so far stood on the terra firma of 31 different countries.
Carolina House Trust is a wonderful place with highly professional and dedicated staff who provide incredible support and a positive environment for children and young people. To be able to make even a small contribution to that and be part of the CHT team is a huge privilege.
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 am a dedicated and government award winning Researcher and Project Manager with over 9 years’ experience in the field of research, with an expertise in the health, social and third sector fields. I have gained 5 years’ entrepreneurial experience having co-founded my own business to provide high quality research project services, including providing quantitative insights, facilitating workshops and focus groups, and providing strategic leadership. I have a proven track record in securing funding, creating and maintaining client relationships, executing strategies and delivering engaging conferences. I was previously an Honorary Lecturer with Glasgow University for 5 years.
I have had a long and varied career working across both the private and public sectors. The early part of my career was in sales and marketing in the electronics industry before moving into economic development roles with Scottish Enterprise and the DTI. For the last 15 years I have run my own consulting and contracting company supporting local, regional and central government clients to effectively procure and manage outsourced service providers. Tiring of the weekly commute to London, I am currently working as Project Director for Dundee based learning and development company Insights. I have 4 children and live in Broughty Ferry with my wife Gill.
We are always keen to recruit new members on to the Board of Directors. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us on 01382 561279.