The Board of Trustees at Fathers Network Scotland

We're delighted to draw on the expertise of a diverse and energetic board of trustees, who are passionate about fatherhood and committed to our young and fast-growing organisation. We are always interested in hearing from others who would like to join us - if that's you, do get in touch!  

Brian Caie (2017)

Brian has more than 30 years of experience in developing leaders, facilitating groups and consulting on organisation change. After an HR career in a top oil company he joined a niche change consultancy helping global organisations develop authentic leaders and effective teams. Brian founded Sheppard Moscow Scotland in 1995 and held senior partner and board roles in the Sheppard Moscow group over a 20 year period, retiring in 2012 to work as an independent consultant, mainly in the NHS, university sector and financial services. Brian uses his strategy expertise with FNS creating & delivering workshops and consultancy for FNS. He has four children - two of whom are still teenagers - and four grandchildren.

William Campbell (2016) (chair)

Willie is father of two daughters, and brings to the board many years of experience working in education, passionate advocacy and commitment to family nurture, as well as a detailed knowledge of the workings of local government. His career includes 16 years working with families experiencing difficulties as senior management in secondary schools, and he's been an elected member of Fife Council since 2012, where his interest in early years led to a particular commitment to fathers. His motion to council welcoming Year of the Dad was passed unanimously! 

Dr Gary Clapton (2008)

Gary is a dad, a grandfather, a founder member of Fathers Network Scotland, and a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. His interests & expertise include Children and Family work, Adoption and Fostering, Fathers and Fatherhood and how students best learn. His doctoral research in 2003 was published as 'Birth fathers and their adoption experiences'. He has authored two of our reports: Where’s Dad and Dad Matters.

Christina Cran (2017)

Christina is mum to a beautiful little boy whose premature arrival and time in neo-natal intensive care changed her world forever. On top of parenting, she also runs Cran Communications, her 7-year-old boutique PR and communications service, during which she has worked with some of Scotland’s leading charities and organisations. Christina is also developing Wee Seeds, a new social enterprise to deliver mindfulness and meditation to pre-schoolers and their parents. She brings to FNS her award-winning PR skills, strategic expertise and a good network of contacts.

Alan Delaney (2015)

Alan is a father of two and Director at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP. He has advised clients exclusively on employment law issues as a qualified lawyer since July 2002, having trained with a niche employment law firm. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law, has appeared in employment tribunals across the UK as well as the Employment Appeal Tribunal and also dealt with a number of complex, high-value mediations.

Fiona Robertson (2014)

Fiona is a Senior Community Learning and Home School Partnership Worker within South Lanarkshire. Responsible for developing a strategic approach to the engagement of fathers and father figures within her own organisation and across local partnerships, Fiona has led and inspired numerous dad-focused programmes, including: multi-agency awareness raising and training; an annual ‘Family Man Fun Day’ with over 60 partner organisations; and a range of father-focussed family learning initiatives. Fiona brings her experience and passion for working with families, knowledge of local authorities and the third sector, as well as her enthusiasm for policy, procedure and data analysis.

Nichola Taylor (2016) (Treasurer)

Nichola is an experienced finance professional who has undertaken senior roles in both Financial Services and FMCG; including business partnering, planning, reporting and project management. Recruited by Lloyds Banking Group in Edinburgh as Head of Financial Control for the Insurance Division in 2007, she previously spent nine years at Proctor & Gamble. She has a track record of delivering results, underpinned by her exceptional stakeholder management capabilities, focus and passion for creating teams that maximize the potential of individuals. Nichola is our treasurer.

John Watson (2017)

John is Deputy Chief Executive of the health campaign Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland, having previously held campaign, policy and communications roles with Amnesty International, Barnardo’s Scotland and others. He leads on engaging with a range of social organisations, from money advice-setting to mental health support services. As with much of Fathers Network Scotland’s work the emphasis is on changing policy and practice to improve the support given to clients and service users.

Martin Williams (2017)

Martin is the founder and Director of ‘UP’ – The Ultimate People Empowerment Consultancy which was launched on September 1st 2008. He was Senior Lecturer in Humanistic Psychology & Human Relations in the School of Education, Community Education & Social Work at the University of Dundee. As a teacher, psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor he specialises in work with individuals, couples, children/young people and families, with research interests are in children and parenting, leadership, inspirational teaching and developing children’s potential using creative/therapeutic approaches. He is a proud father of three children and an even prouder Granddad.