Our Trustees

Niall McLean
Chair

I experienced first hand the amazing care provided in the Simpson’s Neonatal unit when my son Jamie was born prematurely in December 2008. My partner had developed HELLP Syndrome which lead to Jamie's early arrival at 29 weeks gestation.  

 

Jamie spent 98 days in the neonatal unit and received phenomenal care, which has enabled him to thrive and develop into a happy and healthy boy.

 

Our daughter, Alice, was delivered some 4 weeks early and also had a short period in the neonatal unit.

 

Having benefitted immensely from the care and dedication of the staff at the Simpson I was keen to lend my support to SSCB and have been a member of the SSCB committee since April 2016. I work in the Affordable Housing Development sector.

 

In my spare time I have manned stalls and attended fundraising events in aid of SSCB. I have also campaigned for improved perinatal mental health provision in Scotland.

Virginia Russell
Secretary

I joined the committee of SSCB in 2015, having recently retired, taking on the role of Secretary in January 2016.

 

I do most of the Charity's admin and correspondence, and I am often the first point of contact with the Charity.

 

I liaise with the medical and nursing team in the Neonatal Unit on a regular basis, and represent SSCB on other committees.

 

I also work closely with schools participating in the annual YPI programme.

Prof Ben Stenson
Neonatal Unit Liaison

I first worked as a junior doctor in the neonatal service in 1987.

 

I am the lead consultant for the service and, through membership of the SSCB committee, I can help to guide the funding priorities of the charity and explain the background to funding applications.

 

The additional resource provided by the charity helps us to achieve our aim of doing the best that is possible for the babies and families in our care.

Jennifer Houliston

My son, Lewis was born in 2000, 7 & a half weeks early as I developed at that time a rare condition named HELLP Syndrome. I joined the SSCB committee in 2001 as I was so grateful of the care that my son received from the unit and the support from the Community Nurses that I received when we brought Lewis home. 

 

My second son Kerr was born in 2002, 4 weeks early and also required care and again the staff in the unit were amazing.

 

I was Chairperson of the SSCB Committee from summer 2007 to summer 2012. I work as a Personal Assistant for the National Health Service. Over the last 4 years I have coordinated the Christmas card orders and helped at various fundraising events.

Gemma Springford
Deputy Chair

I joined the committee with my husband in September 2017 following the premature birth of our twin boys - Jack and Ryan who were born 10 weeks early. We wanted to give something back to the unit given the excellent care that we and indeed our boys received. Sadly our son Jack did not make it home with us but we did get 5 very special weeks as a result of the efforts of all the staff and doctors.

 

I work for a financial services company and volunteer my time to use my skills to benefit the charity. I have manned a stall, spoken to school children about the charity, and I am currently planning our next fundraising event.

David Springford

I joined the committee with my wife in September 2017 following the premature birth of our twin boys - Jack and Ryan who were born 10 weeks early. We wanted to give something back to the unit given the excellent care that we and indeed our boys received. Sadly our son Jack did not make it home with us but we did get 5 very special weeks as a result of the efforts of all the staff and doctors.

 

My background is in graphic design and photography. I have been working on the charity’s new website and marketing material to help enhance the charity’s reach.

Caroline Sullivan
Treasurer

After my son Maxwell was born at 32 weeks we spent some time in the NNU at Simpsons.

 

The care we received there was outstanding and the little touches from SSCB like the blankets made a difficult time more personal and easier.

 

I wanted to give something back so ran the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon for SSCB. During my fundraising I learned more about SSCB and was amazed it was run wholly by volunteers, I knew I could use my skillset to help so joined as a trustee.

 

I am so proud to be part of this amazing work helping families who are going through a difficult time.

Lee Picken

My daughter, Lois, spent just over 6 weeks in the unit in 2014, after being born, at full-term, with a condition called Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, which left her fighting for life. Thankfully she is now thriving and has no apparent side-effects from her rocky start! I wanted to do something to repay the wonderful staff in the unit for the care that saved my daughter’s life, so in the summer of 2015 I joined the SSCB committee, (becoming chair around a year later - constitutionally passing position on recently). 

 

My background is events and project management, so in addition to things like manning stalls and looking after the social media for the charity, for the last 3 years I have organised our Bubbles for Babies lunch and I would very much like to add more events like this in the future.

 

I have 2 children, Lois and her brother Rory, who is 3 years older

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