Biddy joined Fresh Start in December 2016 and brings with her 20 years’ experience of working with people who have experienced homelessness and working with volunteers in the third sector. She is passionate about people and being part of an organisation that lives its values in all of the work that it does. She is responsible for the day to day management of the organisation.
Stewart has been with Fresh Start since 2009. In the role of Operations Manager, he is responsible for managing the Provision of Goods Service; Training & Employment Service and Facilities. He has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years, mainly in the area of Housing and Homelessness.
Lindsay has been a Trustee since February 2013, becoming Chair in February 2016. Lindsay is a solicitor and General Counsel Partner with Burness Paull and has a wide range of experience, having worked in both private practice and in industry. She is well versed in providing practical advice and solutions to legal and business issues and has considerable experience in risk management as well as knowledge, training and development.. She is also chair of the Burness Paull Foundation.
Lindsay is a member of Wardie Parish Church which has been a supporter of Fresh Start for many years, providing both donated goods and a team of volunteers. This connection led to Lindsay’s engagement with Fresh Start and she has been delighted to be able to contribute to the excellent work and support given by Fresh Start to those who need it most in our city.
Tim has been a Trustee since August 2004. Beginning his career with the Inland Revenue, Tim then moved into social care work where he worked mainly in the Voluntary sector and with a variety of different groups of children and adults. Having interspersed his career with periods of travel, Tim has recently retired and since moving to Edinburgh in 1991 has been a member of the Methodist Church at Nicholson Square. In his late teens Tim first became directly aware of homeless people. Since then he has been involved with numerous homeless persons and "housing issues" projects in a variety of differing roles in various parts of England and in Edinburgh.
Michael has been a Trustee since February 2013 and with a professional background in accounting he has the additional role of Treasurer for the Board. Michael has over 50 years of voluntary experience with the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) with eight of these as an SSVP Scotland Director involved with developing policies for the charity. At SSVP he has seen first-hand the difficulties that many people in Edinburgh faced trying to provide furniture and other household goods for themselves and their families. When the previous Roman Catholic denominational Director stood down Michael was nominated to take his place and it seemed like a natural step. Michael was attracted to Fresh Start because it has a clear vision of what it wishes to achieve as well as a real respect for its clients.
Johnnie has been a Trustee since October 2011 and a law lecturer at Glasgow University since September 2010. Prior to this, he studied for a PhD at the University of Glasgow and worked at the Scottish Law Commission and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Johnnie has been attending Buccleuch and Greyfriars Free Church for over 15 years and was nominated to take over the Free Church’s denominational Director’s role when the previous Director stood down. Johnnie’s time as the relationship co-ordinator (for his church) with Bethany Trust has shown him the social impact homelessness can have. He believes the support that Fresh Start provides to people who have been giving a tenancy after being homeless is essential.
Michael has been a Trustee since February 2014 and has a professional background in the life insurance industry. Taking early retirement in 2008, Michael is a qualified actuary and has worked at all levels in the insurance industry up to, and including, board membership. His commercial experience is mainly finance focused but as a Board member he has also had to deal with other areas of business including HR and legal issues. Michael has been a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church from a young age and started playing the organ at 13. As a volunteer he has played the organ and run church choirs all his life and is currently the musical director of Christ Church, Morningside. Michael was first introduced to Fresh Start through his church and is very aware of the fragmentary benefit and support systems available to those less fortunate. He fully supports the efforts that Fresh Start and other charities undertake to support those who are struggling to build a home for themselves.
Allan has been a Trustee since October 2015. Now retired, Allan qualified as a Doctor in 1971 specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and became a consultant in 1981 working in Edinburgh and in 1995 moving to the Borders General Hospital. An Elder in the Church of Scotland he was first introduced to Fresh Start through his church’s involvement in starter pack collection. He was nominated to be his church’s denominational director which he was delighted to undertake as he is concerned about the plight of the homeless and sees Fresh Start as a very caring organisation trying to help the homeless settle into their new home and make it a home.
Gary has been a Trustee since August 2007 and is the Managing Director of Marketing Concepts, an Edinburgh based marketing company who help Fresh Start with marketing strategy and materials. Gary initially came to Fresh Start as a befriending volunteer in 2005 when he was looking for a volunteering opportunity with a local charity. Fresh Start’s aims really resonated with him, in particular the idea of helping people who have experienced homelessness, as it could happen to any of us. He was delighted when he was asked to join the board, a position he gladly accepted.
Morag has been a Trustee since September 2017 and is a Partner with Burness Paull LLP based in their Edinburgh office. Morag has practiced as an employment lawyer for over 18 years. She is keen to support the work being carried out in Edinburgh to help people transition from homelessness to a position where they have a permanent home and an opportunity to secure employment and a safe life for them and their families. Morag became aware of the work of Fresh Start through a work colleague and was keen to join the Board.