Meet The Board of Trustees

Meet The Board of Trustees

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! [email protected]


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.

Adele Frew (2020)

Adele did her diploma in children’s nursing training in Edinburgh and has been qualified for 18 years. She started her career in the neonatal unit in Yorkhill and has stayed in the same ward since. She is now a senior staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow.  Over the last 2 years Adele has pioneered a whole-family approach in neonatal care, helps and supports dads within the neonatal unit and has developed a dads group within the ward.

Hayley Mitchell (2019)

Hayley is a Senior Associate at Johnson Legal where she has worked since 2015. She specialises exclusively in Family Law & 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. 

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Jessica Moran (2021)

Jessica is a researcher interested in gender, parenting and social inequalities. After her MA in Anthropology, Jessica completed her MSc Social Research at the University of Edinburgh in 2015, where her dissertation examined ‘Workplace support and work family balance capabilities for fathers in the public sector’. Using focus groups she investigated the factors influencing fathers’ uptake of parental leave and benefits. Since then she has worked on several projects related to parental leave and engaging with fathers. From August 2016 Jessica was the Research Officer for Future Pathways, a support fund for people abused or neglected while in care in Scotland, where she developed skills in employing a person-centred, trauma informed approach to gather qualitative data, ensuring an ethical approach to in-depth interviews. Jessica is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Glasgow's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, where she is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Early Years Scotland (EYS). Her project is an evaluation of Learning Together Through Play, a ten-week parenting and child-development programme for fathers in prison with children aged 0-5. The programme aims to support and maintain positive father-child relationships to improve post-release family integration and reduce reoffending. Jessica is committed to research that improves the lives of children, fathers and families and passionate about listening to dads and children.

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Kirsty Nicholls (2021)

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 in particular, is fascinated by the way that digital media can be used by services to support new dads' mental health. Kirsty is currently undertaking a PhD in this field at Edinburgh Napier University. 

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Fergus Reid (2020)

Ferg is a Communications Director and Charity Trustee who works with FNS to develop its PR and stakeholder strategy. He spent twenty-three years leading PR agencies in London and Scotland before leaving to fulfil his dream of offering bespoke communications support for charities and social enterprises via his two businesses Stakeholder Comms and media production outfit Talking Shop Media. Ferg was part of the team which launched ‘Year of the Dad’ in 2016 and ranks it as one of his most rewarding professional experiences. He is a Dad of two and splits his spare time between holding Directorships of FNS; Money Advice Scotland and helping Scotland’s largest youth football organisation establish a new charitable foundation.

Nichola Taylor (2016) (Treasurer)

Nichola is an experienced finance professional with experience in Retail, Financial Services and FMCG and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Nichola currently works for The Very Group, an online retailer and has been on the Fathers Network board for a number of years, providing financial oversight to the Fathers’ Network team. Nichola, herself a parent to two daughters, believes that a meaningful relationship with their fathers are critical to the development and wellbeing of children as well as being a foundational element of gender equity.