Building a father-friendly world

The Team at Fathers Network Scotland

Fathers Network Scotland is a small but dynamic organisation. We have a mixed-gender board and specialised leadership team, trying to lead by example with the kind of flexible, family-friendly working arrangements we hope will one day become the national norm.

Sam Pringle – Interim CEO & Head of Research

Sam is a mother of two and a leadership coach specialising in the area of work-family balance. Her interests and skills are working with parents to reduce work-family conflict, build emotional intelligence, and support carers in the workplace. Her particular passion for building the evidence base around the importance of fathers has led to fruitful collaborations with the University of Edinburgh and produced a number of published and forthcoming academic papers. She is on the steering group of Family Friendly Working Scotland, which is a partnership between Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting across Scotland and Working Families. As well as leading our research work and supporting the organisation’s expansion, Sam also heads up our interest in working with employers and is co-chair of the board. In October 2015 she stepped up to become interim CEO during David Drysdale's absence.

Nick Thorpe - Head of Communications

An award-winning journalist, author and speaker, Nick has written thousands of stories for a wide range of print and broadcast media in Scotland and beyond. For several years a travel writer with three highly-acclaimed books to his name, he has voyaged to Easter Island on a raft of reeds and boat-hitched 2500 miles around Scotland’s waters. But he says he started the biggest adventure of the lot in 2008 when he adopted his three-year-old son. In recent years, he has collaborated with a number of third sector organisations, gaining a reputation as an inspiring speaker on meaningful risk, following his TEDx talk in Bucharest in 2012. A passionate advocate for involved dads, he is enjoying the challenge of taking the FNS message to a digital world through text, speech and video.

Cathy Sexton – Project Manager

Cathy has worked in project management for over 15 years. Employed across the private, public and charitable sectors she has used her skills to deliver a range of creative projects. She enjoys the challenge of making good things happen from - displaying Concorde for the National Museum Scotland; staging events with the Royal Marine Commandos and creating effective campaigns for charities. Working with FNS on Year of the Dad is a great opportunity to employ her skills to promote the importance of fathers in child development and support men to be the dads they want to be.

Jane Strachan – Marketing Manager for Year of the Dad

Jane works with FNS on a consultancy basis. She is a mother of two and a marketing professional with almost 20 years experience. Her experience includes senior roles in marketing at the Scottish Government, as well as London and Edinburgh’s top advertising agencies. She enjoys the challenge of balancing motherhood, part-time working and her own start-up business. Jane works closely with the team to develop marketing and communications materials for FNS and Year of the Dad.

IN MEMORIAM: David Drysdale - Founder

David was the founder of Fathers Network Scotland, who nurtured it from inception. He died on 4th July 2016 from a rare form of cancer. For more on his remarkable life and achievements, read his obituary.