ST ANDREW'S CHILDREN'S SOCIETY - Key Persons


ANNE HAMPTON

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • INDEPENDANT SOCIAL WORKER

Anne Macleod

Job Titles:
  • Social Worker
  • Senior Practitioner
Anne became a social worker in 1991. She is experienced in residential care, adult mental health, and in family placement services in local authorities and in the voluntary sector. She has also worked as an independent Form F assessor.

Carole Bell

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Carole joined the St Andrews team in June 2012. She qualified as a social worker in 1980 and has worked in various settings within the local authority including adults and children with disabilities, children and families and family placement.

Cathryn Thomson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Cathryn qualified as a social worker in 1985. Her early years were spent in Local Authority Children and Families Teams. Since 1994 her experience has been in Local Authority Fostering and Adoption. She joined the Society in April 2014.

Charlie Egan

Job Titles:
  • Service Manager
  • Social Worker
Charlie has been a social worker since 1987. He worked in local authorities children and family teams until he joined the Society in 1997.

Claire McMahon

Job Titles:
  • Office Manager
Claire worked in many office and administrative settings before joining the Society in 1997. She became the Office Manager in 1998.

Dan Docwra

Job Titles:
  • Fundraiser
Dan joined the Society in July 2009 as part-time fundraiser. For ten years he has been a successful freelance fundraiser for a wide variety of charities.

Debbie McDonald

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Debbie qualified in 2000 and worked in a residential child care unit before moving to adoption and fostering services in a local authority. She has experience of working in adoption placement and adoption support before moving to work with a permanence team preparing children to move to their adoptive/permanent homes.

Denise Burgess

Job Titles:
  • Member of Staff
  • Senior Practitioner
Denise is the longest serving member of staff having joined the Society in 1987. She has been a qualified social worker since 1974. She worked in local authority children and families settings as well as in a voluntary adoption agency in the Republic of Ireland.

FERGUS JOHN FRANCIS CHRISTIE - Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary
  • Director
  • SOLICITOR

Gill McHaffie

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Gill qualified in 2012. Prior to joining the Society she worked with homeless young people, and in local authority residential child care.

INNES BEGG LEDINGHAM

Job Titles:
  • CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT
  • Director

Katie Delap

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Katie first came to the Society in 2007 as a student on practice placement. She returned in 2008 after having qualified as a Social Worker.

KIRSTY ROSEMARY FERGUSSON

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

Lorna MacFarlane

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Lorna qualified as a social worker in 1994. She has worked in local authority, in a variety of different social work settings before joining our team in March 2014.

Michael Opitz

Job Titles:
  • Social Worker
Michael joined the team in 2017. He gained his Postgraduare Masters in Social work at the London Southbank University followed by working as a Leaving Care and Adoption Support Social Worker with Acieving for Children, based in the London Burgh of Richmond.

NICOLA KEHOE

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • TEACHER

Rita Grant

Job Titles:
  • Adoption Support Manager
Rita qualified as a Social Worker in 1993 and worked in a Children and Families team and Adoption and Fostering with a local authority. She joined the Society in February 2008. Prior to training, Rita worked in Ireland with Homeless and Older people and has also worked in the U.S. In June 2012 Rita was promoted to Adoption Support Manager.

ROBERT HILTON SWIFT

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • SOCIAL WORK CONSULTANT

RODERICK MACLEOD

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • SHERIFF

Ruth Dolan

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner
Ruth qualified as a Social Worker in 1980. Prior to joining the Society in 2010 Ruth had worked in CAIVIHS, in an early years setting, in a community setting and in local authority adoption and fostering teams.

Sandra Williams

Job Titles:
  • Admin Assistant
Sandra joined the Society in August 2001. She returned to work following a break to look after her young family and prior to that she worked in HR administration.

Shiona Freeman

Job Titles:
  • Senior Practitioner - Aberdeen
Shiona qualified as a social worker in 1983. She is experienced in residential child care, fostering and adoption work and working with young people in a specialist education setting.

Stephen Small

Job Titles:
  • Director
  • Social Worker
Stephen has been a social worker since 1986. He worked in a local authority children and family team and family placement services before joining the Society in 1993. He became Director in 1995.

Velga McDougall

Job Titles:
  • Office Administrator ( Aberdeen Office )
Velga joined the Aberdeen team in 2015 as Office Administrator.