Our development manager

Diane Waugh

Diane has 20 years plus experience working in the Voluntary Sector at both local and national level. She has worked for a variety of condition specific charities as a Services and Development Manager and Volunteer Services Manager. Her passion for working with vulnerable people and their families comes from her own experience as a Carer for her daughter who has complex disabilities. She sees the immense value in working with volunteers to deliver peer support and she is committed to developing services that provide emotional and practical support.

Email: hello@supportedscotland.org

Tel: 07716 639067

Our volunteer coordinator

Julie Laerkholm

Julie is the Volunteer Coordinator for the fantastic team of SupportED volunteers.
Her background is in the creative sector, empowering volunteers and communities to participate for the past 10 years.
She works to support our volunteers to do what they do best, and she is motivated to be a part of an organisation that works to normalise talking about mental health and breaking down the unhelpful stigma.

Email: volunteers@supportedscotland.org

Tel: 07458 992 580

Our fantastic volunteers

Elinor Brown

Elinor is one of our newest volunteers, helping with the coordination of the charities’ social media channels. She studied Geography at the University of Dundee before completing an environmental MSc at the University of Edinburgh. She has spent the past one and a half years working in marketing, where she has gained experience in creating content and coordinating social media channels. After hearing about the fantastic work of Supported, she has been extremely passionate about the cause and keen to encourage people to join our community.

Michael Daly

Michael is a recent addition to the fantastic team of volunteers. Originally from Ireland, he moved to Scotland to pursue an MSc in Psychology, and while there, became involved in the local community. Having overcome his own struggles with an eating disorder, he always knew he would be drawn towards helping those who found themselves in a similar position. In joining the charity, he has made great connections with others who are just as passionate about providing support to those affected by eating disorders.

Nadine Kirk

Nadine is the coordinator for Glasgow services and a group facilitator. She has had the privilege of volunteering for the charity for three years. The experience has allowed her to meet a range of inspiring individuals who  come together to support one and other throughout eating disorder recovery. Volunteering has helped Nadine develop personal and professional skills as she progresses towards study in clinical psychology at doctorate level and while supporting and providing advocacy for those affected by eating disorders. 

Our board and office holders

Robert Davidson – Secretary

Bob is a retired civil litigation lawyer having worked for 40 years mainly in private practice. Latterly Bob worked as a Legal Consultant at the Central Legal Office of NHS Scotland where he gained experience of the interpretation and application of mental health law in Scotland.

Email: robert.davidson@supportedscotland.org

Carol Ruddock

Carol became a Trustee in January 2020 after working in the National Health Service for thirty one years as a Dietitian. During her time in the NHS she had first-hand experience of dealing with those suffering from eating disorders in different stages of their illness – from crisis point when patients required hospitalisation and then follow up as outpatients in the community.

Caroline MacGregor – Chair

Caroline has worked in People Transformation and Change for the last 20 years, leading organisational programmes to improve the employee experience and increase business performance.  As someone with experience of eating disorders and the impact they can have on a young person’s life, being part of the team at SupportED is a chance for her to contribute to our Scottish community and do something for those suffering from eating disorders, their family and friends.

Ellie Johnstone

Ellie became a trustee in 2020 with a background in the energy industry, management and health and well-being in a call centre environment. She currently works with a diverse global workforce supporting them in what can be a highly pressurised and forever changing industry.  Having close friends affected by eating disorders and having volunteered before she is keen to get involved with increasing the awareness and support available to people in need.

Janice Malone

Janice works for Healthcare Improvement Scotland, in the Community Engagement Directorate, and manages the programme that provides support and guidance to all 22 NHS boards in Scotland on the development of safe, sustainable and person-centred volunteering.
She is a passionate advocate for volunteering – and the benefits it brings to individuals, communities and organisations. That passion was ignited during the 15 years she worked in the Third Sector. She was responsible for the set-up of Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries which was Macmillan’s first volunteer led cancer information and support service delivered across a local authority area via libraries. Its success led to this model being adopted across Scotland.

Vijayakumar Balraj (VJ)

A global business & technology leader with 20+ years of experience in Technology, Decision Making and Strategic Planning & Execution. Hands-on Functional Leadership experience in Software Engineering, Service Delivery, Data & Analytics. Believes in diversity, inclusive, emphatic and coaching leadership approach, to solve business problems through technology & digital transformation to meet business objectives. Excited to take a lead role in shaping and governing SupportED in a technology transformation journey.

Len Rayne – Vice Chair

Len became a trustee late in 2020 after many years in the energy industry. He has a wide range of experience across sales, project management and marketing. Len helped establish a solid relationship between his previous employer and a leading cancer research charity within the UK, raising much needed funds along the way. His role is to help build on the success of the charity to date by increasing awareness of SupportED, and the services that they provide.

Michael Brown – Treasurer

Michael became a Trustee in 2020.  His key interests and concerns are child welfare issues and the ‘green’ environment.  His career was spent in the ‘clean energy’ sector, where he was a successful business founder, owner and company director at Delta Energy & Environment in Edinburgh.  With over 20 years of experience in bringing about business growth, alongside coaching, mentoring and motivating in commercial and not-for-profit working environments. He’s also a qualified Business Coach and a volunteer call-taker with the Parentline helpline service run by Children 1st

Christina Mackay

Christina comes with a decade of experience in the third sector, predominantly in Fundraising.  She has a passion for philanthropy and now runs her own fundraising consultancy supporting charities and businesses reach their philanthropic and community goals.  She is also an Associate Director with a people and culture consultancy, Lindsay & Lang, providing solutions that promote positive corporate wellbeing and mental health.  She is excited to join the SupportED board and looks forward to helping grow the fundraising portfolio.