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!
James Aitken (2021)
James has been a Church of Scotland minister since 2003, before which he worked in the Middle East - and a very long time ago he trained as an accountant. In 2012 his son Aidan was born, at which point he became very interested in fatherhood and children's development and education; in 2016 he completed a MEd module at Strathclyde University in Philosophy with Children. He has a lot of experience serving on Boards both as a member and chair within the Church of Scotland and other organisations, including a community health project, Health All Round, and a conflict resolution project called Place for Hope.
Brian Caie (2017)
Brian has more than 30 years of experience in developing leaders, facilitating groups and consulting on organisation change. After completing a post-graduate diploma in what was then called Personnel Management, he had a twelve year career in a number of international oil companies, culminating in promotion to UK HR Manager for Mobil Oil Co. Ltd. He then switched careers, joining a niche change consultancy helping global organisations develop authentic leaders and effective teams. Much of the work there was in International Development for organisations like Dfid and UNICEF. Brian founded Sheppard Moscow Scotland in 1995 and held senior partner and board roles in the Sheppard Moscow group in UK and Asia over a 25 year period. He retired in 2012 to work as an independent consultant, mainly with Hay Group in NHS England on major government initiatives, in the Scottish university sector and in City financial services. During this time he facilitated several Board and Strategy development sessions for FNS in the David Drysdale and Sam Pringle eras, before joining the Board as a Trustee.
Brian co-developed the new dads programme for FNS on the back of an Edinburgh University research project, piloting it in Police Scotland and has also been involved in subsequent FNS projects for dads in Edinburgh University Information Services Group and the Scottish Parliament. He has four children, two still in full-time education, and four grandchildren in England and Australia. In 2020 Brian published his memoir, the Split Gate, where fatherhood and the lack of it are major themes.
William Campbell (2016) (chair)
Willie is the father of two daughters and now delights in having two young grandsons. His working life was spent in education, mostly in senior management posts in Secondary schools. When he joined the board he was an elected member of Fife Council with responsibilities for Early Years and Corporate Parenting where he was able with support from FNS research, to promote the involvement of father figures. Initially a music teacher and an organist, retirement allows him to devote some of his energies to being MD of a local choir and to amateur operatics.
Dr Gary Clapton (2008)
Dr. Gary Clapton is a Reader in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. His interests and specialities include family social work practice, and fathers and fatherhood. As a birth father he has a personal connection with adoption and has lived, practised, taught and researched this subject for thirty years. He has authored two of our reports: Where’s Dad and Dad Matters.
Adele Frew (2020)
Hayley Mitchell (2019)
Hayley is a Senior Associate at Johnson Legal where she has worked since 2015. She specialises exclusively in Family Law. Hayley has a particular interest in legal cases relating to children. Hayley believes that the best interests of a child are almost always served by ensuring a meaningful relationship with both parents, and the wider families, throughout the child's life. Hayley also recognises from her professional experience that support for the mental health of both parents is crucial to the wellbeing of their children.
Fergus Reid (2020)
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 has daughters and is a gender equity champion.