Building a father-friendly world

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!  

Anna Chrystal (2013)

Anna is the Parenting Outreach Coordinator at Stepping Stones North Edinburgh, the Families at Risk Project Coordinator at the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, and a Panel Practice Advisor with Children’s Hearings Scotland. Originally trained as a teacher, Anna further explored child development through a postgraduate course in Child Mental Health and Psychology. She has now built up a considerable range of expertise within the voluntary and statutory sectors, working with the complex issues children, young people and families face on a daily basis.

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.

William Campbell (2016) (co-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! 

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.

Thom Guta (2016)

Thom is a father of two daughters with extensive leadership experience gained working in Zimbabwe. Currently a postgraduate student at the University of Aberdeen reading for an MSc in International Business, he has more than twenty years of experience in working with people in human resources management field. His board experience includes being Head of Human Resources for a company in Zimbabwe that employed over 3000 employees. He has a passion for working with voluntary organisations having founded one and successfully led it for a period of five continuous years.

Stephen O'Neill (2016)

Stephen has a wide experience as an auditor. Currently (2016) working within the Scottish Government Internal Audit directorate as a Verification & Compliance officer, he has a thorough knowledge of a range of third sector organisations in Scotland and a particular interest in the role of men and masculinity in society, for example through his employment at Working Rite. He brings to the board vast experience of the third sector, contract management, compliance expertise, a range of contacts and experience in social and business research.  

Ann Roberts (2014) (co-chair) 

Ann is a mother and grandmother. Until May 2015 a Development Advisor with Police Scotland, she is a founder of Conscious Grandparenting, a community organisation set up with her husband. Previously she was director of The Roberts Partnership management consultancy, Head of Training and Development for a Division of United Distillers, and a Management Consultant with KPMG. Ann’s interests include leadership, business and personal development, and the role of grandparents in the family. She is about to embark on a PhD on the role of grandparents.

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.

Nick Smithers (2008) (Supervisor)

Nick is a father of one, a founder member of Fathers Network Scotland and the National Development Manager for AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland). As a former social worker/fathers worker with Circle Scotland, Nick has extensive experience representing and researching fathers’ interests. Now with AMIS, he works strategically to support mainstream organisations across Scotland, ensuring their services and policies are inclusive of men affected by domestic abuse. With prior experience of supervising of Social Worker students he has taken on the additional role within FNS to support our staff as a non-management supervisor.

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.