The Management Board

Alan Swift – Chair

Alan was a career civil servant with experience in a variety of Departments. For over 20 years he was Director of Human Resources at the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He was on the Board of Jewel and Esk College before it became part of Edinburgh College.  He has been on the Garvald Edinburgh Board since 2011. Now retired he has a variety of interests including trail walking, birdwatching and sport.

Laurie M Naumann

Laurie’s experience lies in social work, working with offenders and in the fields of addiction, and housing. Latterly he was the Director of the Scottish Council for Single Homeless.   He was seconded at one time to the Social Work Services Inspectorate in The Scottish Office concentrating on voluntary sector issues. He was also secretary of the Care in the Community Scottish Working Group. One of Laurie’s earliest memories is of living at Garvald School near West Linton where his parents were the cooks for about a year.

He is now self-employed working in the social policy field mainly in Scotland and Central Europe, and also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee.  Laurie is a founder Board member of Kingdom Housing Association in Fife, chairs the Highland Housing and Community Care Trust and is a Board member of both the Refugee Survival Trust and the Voluntary Action Fund.

Laurie joined the Garvald Edinburgh Board in 1996. As well as Chairing the Board, he is a member of the Finance and Premises Committees.

Marion Smith

Marion’s first experience of Garvald Edinburgh was in 1979 as an Education Group leader.

In 1996 Marion moved to Edinburgh’s Telford College managing the Learner Support team and took forward the College’s Inclusive learning strategy.  In 2003 she joined Capability Scotland as  Principal Teacher and then moved to Oaklands School as Principal Teacher with responsibility for developing a Leavers’ Programme.  Marion left the school after 8 years working with development of Curriculum for Excellence, Senior Phase for pupils with additional support needs.

In 2013 Marion took up the role of Project Manager for get2gether a small charity which offers social opportunities to adults with disabilities in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Marion joined the Garvald Edinburgh Board of Management in 1998. She is a member of the Fundraising Committee.

Bob Walley

Bob is a Clinical Psychologist, who before retirement from the NHS, worked in the   Lothian NHS Learning Disability   and Regional Autistic Spectrum Disorder Consultancy Services as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Bob is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University and has a number of health related learning disability research interests.

Tony O’Sullivan

Tony is an economist with expertise on housing issues. After completing his PhD, he became a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, subsequently joining Scottish Homes (latterly Communities Scotland), where he spent 15 years as Head of Research, Information, Planning and Chief Economist. Tony established his own research consultancy (Newhaven Research Ltd) in 2003, before entering semi-retirement in 2013. Currently he is an Honorary Professor in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, is a Managing Editor of the journal Urban Studies, and occasionally undertakes research commissions on a self-employed basis. Tony is married with two children, one of whom is a Garvald Member.

Nicola Bennett

Nicola is a chartered accountant and started her career in London working for what is now BDO. She moved to Scotland in 1991 and worked in insolvency and then moved to the public sector working for what was then West Lothian NHS Trust in Livingston. After 5 years she became Director of Finance at Scottish Court Service where she remained for 16 years and during that time had her two daughters. She is also an independent audit member of Student Awards Agency Audit Committee. Since 2015 Nicola has been looking after her family and joined the Garvald Board and is a member of the finance committee. She is also Treasurer of her choir (Edinburgh telephone Choir) and Bridgend Allotments Association where she has been taking an active role in a number of developments including becoming a beekeeper! 

Graham Maclachlan

Graham’s working life began in journalism, writing for both the local press and specialist national titles. He was a parent founder of the Aberdeen Waldorf School. After a career in information and administration support he co-founded, in 1996, Rocket Visuals one of the country’s first multimedia companies dedicated to designing and producing websites, video and print material for the advertising and marketing industry.  In 2006 he co-founded Blipfoto which, as well as winning a Bafta, was receiving 18 million views per month from users in 170 countries and at its peak held around 3.4 million images.

Graham, who retired in 2016 has had lifelong association with the Steiner movement and in his spare time tries to take decent  photographs.

Lesley Clemenson

Lesley was one of the founding members of another Edinburgh Charity – Kindred in 1990, which provides practical information, advocacy, emotional support and guidance to families of children with complex needs. She is the proud parent of David, now 32, who has Pachygyric Lissencephaly who was supported by Garvald Edinburgh for 12 years. Originally working in advertising at The Scotsman Newspaper, she re-trained as a Fundraiser when David was born to raise funds for SNIP, going on to become a Trusts and Foundations Specialist and is now a Member of the Institute of Fundraising. She has held many Board positions including Willowpark School, SLEEP Scotland, Nucleus Support Services, and Scottish Kids Are Making Movies (SKAMM) at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

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