Dr Sophie Flemig joined the Trust in 2019 as Chief Executive. Her passion is supporting families holistically and she is particularly excited about the Trust's work around attachment. Before joining Cattanach, Sophie was guiding legislative reform
in her role as Director of Public Policy in the legal sector and
working across early years, childrens' and family services as an impact-driven academic. Sophie has also worked as a management
consultant specialising in change management and digitalisation
projects, and has advised global Fortune 100 companies and governments
Outside of work, Sophie has several public appointments and enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, doing anything from baking to visiting the rhinos at Edinburgh Zoo.
Alastair Wilson was appointed as a Trustee in 2009 and is now Chairman of the Trust. Alastair lives in Dunblane and is a Fund Manager Director in Edinburgh. As well as expertise in the financial and investment sector, he brings an enthusiasm for improving the lives of children in Scotland, experience in the trust world and a commitment to the Trust and its work.
Andrew Millington is an Edinburgh-based investment manager with experience across a number of equity markets, who is currently Investment Director in the UK Equities team at Standard Life Investments. He has a particular interest in ethical investing having managed the Standard Life UK Equity Ethical Fund, and has also run funds for a number of charity clients with income requirements. He was appointed as a Trustee in February 2013.
Duncan McEachran lives in Dumfries and is a retired chartered accountant. He worked for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and he continues to be active in many voluntary organisations including Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway, Action for Sick Children and Irvine Housing Association. He was appointed as a Trustee in August 2011.
Helen Healy has a range of childcare and early years work experience, in both statutory and voluntary sectors. She has been a Registered Child Minder, a Project Worker in a Glasgow East End Respite Project and a manager with One Plus and in a Glasgow employability project. Her final post was as Senior Coordinator with Home-Start Glasgow North West. Helen holds a range of early years qualifications. She has been Chair of her local Childminding group, member of the Scottish Childminding Association management Committee and Chair of the South West Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum.
Helen was appointed as a Cattanach Trustee in February 2015.
Ian is qualified in informal education and voluntary sector leadership and management, has worked in the voluntary youth work and early years sectors for twenty-eight years. He has been Chief Executive of Youth Scotland for four years; was Chief Executive of Early Years Scotland (formerly SPPA) for 12 years; and worked for the BB in Scotland for 12 years. Ian is passionate about supporting children and young people services especially those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.
Ian was the Chair of the Association of Chief Officers for Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) until 2016 and was a Trustee of the charity for 12 years. For the past three years, he was also a Trustee of UK Youth and a member of the Executive Committee of the CLD Standards Council in Scotland.
Mafe is a consultant to the non-for-profit sector, specialising in fundraising strategy and communications, with over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. Before working independently Mafe was a Senior Consultant with THINK Consulting Solutions, a leading global consultancy specialising in Fundraising. In this role Mafe has supported many Scottish National, UK and international organisations with their fundraising and strategic challenges.
Prior to that, Mafe was Director of Fundraising and Communications at Children 1ST where she was responsible for the strategic and operational development of the fundraising and communications team, and as a member of the Executive team, for leading the organisation to fulfil its mission and vision.
Passionate about making a positive difference for those who need some support through their difficulties and also interested in developing and growing organisations, I have been involved for over 35 years in the voluntary sector, gaining experience in leadership, counselling and events organising.
Currently Project Leader with COVEY BEFRIENDING for over 10 years, giving support to vulnerable young people and their families; I have seen the difference of being truly values-based, having built a committed and cohesive team through living and breathing our values.
Previous roles have included coordinating a mentoring programme, developing and delivering training and coordinating a national charity. I enjoy learning and love nothing better than perusing the latest leadership book and getting out in the fresh air, jogging regularly and hill walking recharges my batteries. My growing brood of grandchildren also keeps me on my toes.
Steve is currently Group Strategy and Corporate Finance Director at Standard Life, with overall responsibility for the Group’s organic and inorganic strategy. He joined Standard Life in 2004 as an International Audit Manager before moving onto the pre- demutualisation programme looking at the groups control framework, and then formed part of the IPO team that floated Standard Life 2006.
Steve then joined the newly formed Corporate Finance team, and more recently was appointed as Group Strategy & Corporate Finance Director. Before Standard Life Steve worked at Ernst & Young where he did a variety of different work in the UK as well as North America and mainland Europe. He was appointed as a Cattanach Trustee in February 2013.
Gordon was appointed onto the Cattanach Board in 2017. Now retired, he spent over 30 years working for two investment management organisations specialising in the investment company sector. A Chartered Accountant, he also spent 10 years on the ICAS Audit and Assurance Committee. Gordon is currently a director of two listed venture capital trusts that invest in early stage development capital to support small UK businesses. Gordon is a dad to two grown up children and has joined the board to help us make grants to charities supporting those who are starting their parenting journey.
Kathie undertakes the administration for Cattanach.