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.
David Devenney - Director
David has seldom been out of uniform with a background in the police and the Royal Marines Commandos. As a trained trauma risk manager and Neuro Linguistics Programming (NLP) practitioner after leaving the service in 2009, he worked as team leader in a groundbreaking prison project in three High Security prisons teaching inmates life skills and personal development. In 2014 he set up the Police Scotland Youth Advisory Panel to hold Police Scotland to account for those policies and procedures that may have an impact in the lives of young people in Scotland today. David joined Fathers Network Scotland in 2016 as part of the team creating and delivering the national ‘Year of the Dad’ initiative as Head of Programmes before stepping up as Director in 2018. David is also a Director for a Glasgow based veterans charity, loves cooking and motorbikes and is an enthusiastic, hands on granpa.
Caroline Libberton - Head of Fundraising
With a background in languages, a passion for all things Russian, and having spent five years living and working in St Petersburg and travelling extensively around the world, Caroline finally returned to the UK with a burning interest in the charity sector and making a difference to people’s lives. She found her “thing” in fundraising and has worked as a fundraiser and volunteer manager in a huge variety of charities of different sizes across Scotland and the UK, from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Museums Scotland and Leith School of Art to national parenting charity NCT and Leuchie House, a local respite care centre for people with long term neurological conditions. Caroline is passionate about charities telling engaging stories about the impact of the work they do and building rewarding and meaningful relationships with the people and organisations who support them. Caroline lives in beautiful East Lothian with her son, daughter and husband, where they make the most of the glorious countryside with regular beach walks, woodland rambles and camping adventures.
Chris Miezitis - Programme Lead
A dad to young twins, Chris is coy about his previous life as a bandmember signed to Creation Records! Unlike Oasis, Chris left the university of rock & roll to work on equalities and inclusion in a wide variety of settings including community learning & development, adult mental health, NHS health improvement, training development and funding management. Having spent time with the Early Years Team in Fife Council as part of the Family Nurture Approach, he initiated and led Fife’s Improving Father’s Engagement Partnership, bringing together colleagues from Fife Health & Social Care Partnership, Fife Council and the Third Sector. Together they developed the “Where’s Dad?” training workshop, now evolved into the new “Understanding Dad” workforce development programme which Chris delivers for FNS. He is a passionate advocate of the ability and potential for individuals at all levels to change the culture of organisations and wider society.
Kirsty Nicholls - Head of Marketing & Digital Content
Kirsty trained as a Broadcast Journalist and became an investigative producer with ITV and later the BBC. She has worked in both current affairs and news, winning numerous awards for her films. In 2014 she became a mum, and embarked on an exciting role as Editor for Edinburgh for Under Fives, a guidebook and website for families in Edinburgh. She launched her own social media agency, producing strategic campaigns for brands across the UK for which she was shortlisted in the Business Women Scotland Awards. She is passionate about empowering dads as caregivers to improve the lives of children and families and is thrilled to be a part of the Fathers Network Scotland team.
Sam Pringle – 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.
Cathy Sexton – Operations Manager
With a background in the visual arts Cathy has a passion for the creative process and the mastery of communicating ideas. A seasoned project manager, she has worked with Nike, BBC, Warner Cinemas, Fat Face and the National Museums Scotland, where for nine years she delivered award-winning exhibitions, relishing the challenge of bringing creative ideas to life for a wider audience. Since then she has worked within the Third Sector developing and delivering many exhibitions, events and campaigns including the internationally-acclaimed environmental campaign 'The Great Nurdle Hunt'. Her great work with Fathers Network to realise the Year of the Dad, coincided with becoming a step mum to two boys, and ignited a passion to help dads’ voices be heard.
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.