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.

Olivia Halvorsen

Our son, Fredrik, arrived at 34 weeks and spent three weeks in the unit. The care he was given was incredible, as was the care that was given to us as parents. Reading to Fredrik everyday was a way for us to feel closer to him, particularly when he wasn’t ready to be held and the BookBugs bag was such a thoughtful gesture. 

 

Fredrik is now 8 months old and going from strength to strength, thanks to the wonderful care given to him. I was delighted to join as a trustee, and I look forward to being able to support the unit, the staff, the parents and babies who are going through this challenging time.

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 our stalls, spoken to school children about the charity, taken part and 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 developed & manage the charity’s website and contribute to our 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.

Jessica Wilson

After an uneventful pregnancy in 2015, my son Charlie was born 2 weeks late. It wasn't until he arrived that we realised he had been in distress prior to birth and needed intensive care treatment. A variety of complications meant he spent 6 weeks in the neonatal unit and the amazing care of the staff there saved his life.

 

I always wanted to find a way to say thank you to Simpsons and became a Trustee of SSCB in early 2020. Since then I've been using my background in marketing to help support raising the profile and fundraising of the charity.

Rosalind Wise

I work as a Service Improvement Manager, covering a wide variety of projects within Women’s Services in Lothian. Prior to working in project roles, I worked in the NHS finance department, initially in the corporate reporting team, and latterly as a management accountant. 

 

Within my first week at Simpson’s I had already begun hearing incredible things about SSCB and the fantastic support they provide to the unit and their families, and decided to start fundraising for a marathon. I continue to be so impressed by how much the charity does and knew I wanted to be involved beyond just fundraising.

Lauren Lewis

My daughter, Maisie, was born 5 weeks early due to an infection and although she only spent a few days in the NNU, the help and care from the team there gave her the best start so she's now a lively 3 year old and no-one would ever guess she was premature! 

 

I started with the charity in 2018 as a Volunteer as a small way to say thanks for the care we'd received and continue now as a Trustee.

 

I work within HR in the public sector and hope to use my skills and experience to benefit the charity.

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