Val Cox - Chair

Val Cox spent most of her life working in criminal justice as a practitioner, manager, policy advisor and inspector, before changing her career direction to become a civil servant with policy responsibility for early years and a range of other services for children and young people.

David Johnson - Vice-Chair

David currently works as an Independent Social Worker. Most recently he worked in Scottish Government as the policy lead for sexual health and HIV. Prior to this he was CEO of Waverley Care. David is a registered social worker and former Unit Manager of Edinburgh Family Service Unit.

Caroline Lamb - Treasurer

Caroline was appointed as Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland in October 2015 having previously been Acting Chief Executive from November 2014. Prior to that she was the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and Deputy Chief Executive for NHS Education for Scotland. She was previously employed as University Secretary and Director of Finance at Abertay University. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Ian Barcroft - Trustee

Ian is Episcopal Rector of St Mary's (Hamilton), Dean of the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway. He is a trustee of Faith in Community Scotland, sharing the challenge to overcome poverty and exclusion in Scotland and Chair of St Mary's Family Support Project, located within the church where he is Rector. He is the Chair of Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, developing the voluntary sector locally and of Hyzone - a detached youth project organised by the churches in Hamilton Town Centre.

Wendy Paterson - Trustee

Wendy was Co-ordinator of the Scottish Social Services Learning Network in South East Scotland, a role which enabled her to encourage and develop collaborative partnerships across social services organisations with particular reference to learning and development. Her previous experience was in social work education at Edinburgh University and in the Training Consortium in South East Scotland.

Jacqui Gillies - Trustee

Jacqui is a marketing professional with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. As a Marketing Consultant, and Director of her own business, she works on strategic projects to drive change through organisations and bring innovative solutions to market. Before setting up her business in 2014 she was Head of Marketing for Royal London’s protection brand, Bright Grey, where she achieved widespread industry recognition for Bright Grey’s enviable marketing reputation.

Nickola Paul - Trustee

Nickola is Business Manager for Quality in NHS Lothian. This role involves supporting NHS Lothian’s Chief Quality Officer to deliver quality strategies and has also included projects such as improving organisational learning through patient feedback. Prior to this, Nickola has held various positions in NHS Lothian, in addition to studying for a Masters in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh.


Romy Langeland

Romy has worked in childrens' services in Scotland as a social work practitioner, trainer and manager in both statutory and voluntary sectors. More recently she has worked as an independant consultant and has been involved in the development and improvement of services for vulnerable children.