Youth Scotland Board Members
- Dona Milne (Chair)
- Mark McGeachie (Vice Chair)
- Janet Roxburgh (Treasurer)
- Adam Szymoszowskyj
- Bill Logan
- Claire Wallace
- Clare Swann
- David Ashford
- David Stewart
- Douglas Ormston
- Emmie Main
- Ewan McCowen
- Jayne Stuart
- Melodie Crumlin
Dona Milne - Chair
Dona Milne is a Consultant in Public Health at NHS Lothian and works in the area of children and young people’s wellbeing and in the broader area of reducing inequalities. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. She originally trained in Community Education specialising in young people and health followed by a period working in the voluntary sector and local government. Since then, her career has taken her to YWCA Scotland as Depute Director (Scotland) and for 7 years from 2001 she led the ‘Healthy Respect’ National Demonstration Project. In 2008, Dona was seconded to the Scottish Government Public Health Division, returning to NHS Lothian in 2010. In a voluntary capacity, Dona is currently Chair of the Children’s Parliament.
“I have a strong commitment to youth work demonstrated through my continued involvement since I began as a local volunteer almost thirty years ago. I have a particular interest in community based youth work, which is universal and open to all. I have seen the difference that youth work can make to the lives of children and young people and I would like to see it receive the same recognition that the formal education sector receives.”
Mark McGeachie - Vice-Chair
Mark McGeachie is currently Partnerships and Innovation Director (Depute CEO) at Young Scot, the national charity for youth information and citizenship, having worked in a range of roles in the third sector. This includes a two year period seconded from SCVO to the Joint Improvement Team, based at the Scottish Government, to support the role of the third sector in the integration of health and social care. Other roles have included managing development programmes in Community Sport and Alcohol Misuse for The Robertson Trust, sector advisor to Social Investment Scotland and an External Supervisor for the YMCA George Williams College in London for students completing degrees in community development and youth work.
"I'm passionate about supporting young people and enabling them to achieve their potential. Youth Scotland is an incredible organisation which supports community based youth work across Scotland that makes a difference to young people and their lives. It's a privilege to be a member of the Board and work with such a dedicated group of staff and volunteers with a commitment to making a difference for young people now and in the future."
Jan Roxburgh - Treasurer
Jan is Head of Digital Retailing at Standard Life and is responsible for developing and maintaining Standard Life’s customer website, mobile app and online services. She has over 20 years Financial Services experience, starting out as an Actuary and working in Finance, Distribution and Marketing before moving into Digital in 2013.
Jan is Treasurer of Youth Scotland and chair of the Finance and Resource Group and is able to use her experience of pensions, investments, people management, risk management and organisational change to benefit Youth Scotland.
“I was a runner in my youth and saw first-hand the difference sport made to the confidence, drive and wellbeing of young people. I got involved with Youth Scotland because I strongly believe in the need to engage and motivate young people, from all backgrounds, to realise their potential. The work Youth Scotland does is fantastic and it’s an honour to be associated with the excellent work the staff and youth workers do.”
"Having moved to the Scottish Borders in 2014 following my MSc in Sport Management, I decided I would do some Youth Work alongside my Full-Time employment. Working in Galasheils at TD1 youth hub gave me my first taste of Youth Work. By working there I felt I could make a real difference to the lives of young people. After relocating to Edinburgh for work, I had a great opportunity to join the Youth Scotland Board of Trustees. This is something I was pleased to undertake as I felt I could make further impact by helping take a strategical lead on youth work in Scotland.
My profession is sport development and I am currently the National Development Officer for Lacrosse Scotland, the national governing body for the sport of Lacrosse in Scotland. My experience and knowledge of physical activity for young people is something I hope I can bring to the Youth Scotland board. On a personal level, I am an athletics coach, I also run, cycle and occasionally dib into football."
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Claire is the Human Resources and Organisational Development Business Partner for Business Stream, working with senior staff to deliver the people strategy and company objectives. Claire has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for over 12 years and brings wide ranging experience in all areas of Human Resources and Organisational Development gained within retail, utilities and not-for-profit industries. During her career, Claire has developed a strong interest and understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility. She also has a keen interest in equipping young people for employment and supporting them to achieve their full potential.
"I was delighted to join the board of such a dynamic organisation. Through Youth Scotland I see the positive impact youth work has on young people’s confidence and ability to reach their potential. I continue to be impressed by both the young people’s achievements and the team of staff who put young people at the heart of everything they do. Actively supporting Youth Scotland to achieve its mission and ensuring the sustainability of its services is therefore a highly rewarding experience for me."
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Throughout much of his working life, David has been involved with young people’s organisations. He has also had an eclectic interest in other groups working for the betterment of our society and the natural environment as a whole.
David’s home is on the Isle of Skye but over the past twelve years, most of his manoeuvres have been centred on the Lochalsh Youth Community Trust which runs the Lochalsh Youth Club. Furthermore he does voluntary work for Scottish Wildlife Trust, Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum, Sleat Community Trust Environment Group, Highland Biological Recording Group and the Scottish National Party. Connections with the latter, coupled with being on the Cross Party Group for Children & Young People, enable him to indulge in lobbying MSPs for the benefit of our younger generation.
"For me children and young people are the most important humans on the Planet. I was therefore jubilant when elected to membership of Youth Scotland’s Board in 2013. Since then I have been inspired and captivated by dedicated staff and colleagues keen to change the lives of young people for the better. I consider myself very fortunate to be serving the best interests of Scotland’s future generation through participation in excellence of Youth Scotland."
David is a community & youth development worker in Glasgow. An alumni of the University of Glasgow where he achieved his BA in Community Development with Merit. David is a former Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston (2011-2015) and former Trustee of the Scottish Youth Parliament (2014-2015). He was a founding director and previous Vice-chair of the People’s Development Trust (during 2011-2014) during this period the organisation was successful in delivering a circa £5 million community, health and educational hub facility in his local community of Dalmarnock in the East End of Glasgow. David is currently the Chairperson of Think Youth Enterprise Services a social enterprise based in Glasgow.
“As a previous beneficiary of youth work activity I know all too well the power of youth work as a force for changing young people’s lives through the provision of opportunities and life chances. Being a Trustee of Youth Scotland allows me the opportunity to contribute to the development of the youth work sector; specifically in supporting community-based youth work, supporting accreditation of young people’s achievements and increasing the skills and knowledge base of youth workers across Scotland”
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Emmie has spent the past four years involved in youth work. She began by getting involved in her local youth council, becoming chair and helping to deliver a mock independence referendum in Moray. Since then, she has become the Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Moray, representing the area nationally. She was a driving force in collecting young people's views for the Year of Young People in 2018 and continues to volunteer with Young Scot. All of her work came together to complete a Platinum Youth Achievement Award in August this year. She is now studying Community Education at the University of Edinburgh.
"My life was changed when I completed the Platinum Youth Achievement Award. The skills and experience I gained from the Award have helped to shape my career path and have helped to establish my place in youth work sector. I decided to apply for a Trustee position because I believe the opportunities Youth Scotland provide to young people in Scotland are fantastic and I wanted to play a bigger part in the process!"
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With a wealth of leadership, management and board-level experience, Jayne has established a career as a highly respected figure across voluntary, community and education sectors. Jayne has worked at a senior level for 20 years, with over 15 years as Director / CEO within charities.
Appointed to her first Director / CEO position at the age of 31, Jayne progressed to leading one of the largest and most highly regarded adult education charities in the country, when becoming Director at WEA Scotland.
Working closely with Scottish Government, Jayne has influenced numerous national policies and strategies, working tirelessly as a strong advocate for equality and social justice in Scotland.
Melodie is CEO of PEEK - Possibilities for Each and Every Kid which is an award winning charity working with thousands of youngsters across less advantaged communities in Glasgow and beyond offering opportunities to Play, Create and Thrive. She is a member of RankNet, and part of the Common purpose Alumni and has chaired several forums including the East End Youth Network. Her passion and experience for children’s play has been represented through her involvement in the development of the Go Play Outcome and Evaluation Framework as well as presenting to Scottish Government, Scotland’s first four Play Symposium Event, The Early Years Collaborative and many others. In 2013 she was crowned Herald Society’s Unsung hero of the year. Melodie is also a registered Arts Award Advisor and Trainer of the Award across Scotland.
"Developing, leading and believing in young people underpin my practice so, when the opportunity arose to become involved as a trustee of Youth Scotland I jumped at the chance. I firmly believe that all Scottish Young People have the right to quality youth work programmes whilst our work force have access to training and support. Youth Scotland offers this in abundance and I am proud to be able to contribute to this fantastic organisation."