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Board of management
Dr Brian Venters ChairmanView bio
Dr Brian Venters
Born in 1939, Dr Venters married Jean in 1962 and in 1965 his twin daughters Susan and Shirley were born, both with cerebral palsy. Dr Venters returned to Edinburgh University as a mature student to study medicine and he practiced as a GP for 30 years.He was then involved with Enable and Ark Housing in the 70’s and 80’s and with Tom Gorrie, pioneered housing in the community for those with complex needs.Now semi- retired and practicing complimentary medicine, he has more time to fully enjoy his other interests which include singing, playing guitar, supporting Hearts FC and playing with his grandchildren.
Celine Sinclair TrusteeView bio
Celine has been a Trustee with SHARE for 2 years, and is also CEO of The Yard, a charity which supports children and young people with additional support needs. She enjoys the opportunity to work with a motivated group of parents and professionals and to be a part of delivering an exceptional service that is truly tailored to the individual needs of people.Celine believes that SHARE is the best model for supporting people with complex needs and one that should be adopted Scotland wide.
Robert Anderson TreasurerView bio
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Robert held various professional and industry positions before joining SHARE in 1999 where he was Finance Director and then became a Trustee on his retirement. He enjoys the camaraderie with the staff and service users and in particular keeping in touch with everyone now he has retired.
Lorraine MacKenzie TrusteeView bio
Lorraine has been a Trustee with SHARE for 10 years, having had a career as a Nurse working with sick children and those with profound disabilities.For 24 years she was a full time Carer for her son and feels that her position as Trustee allows her the chance to be a small part of providing a very unique service to adults who face many challenges in life.
Robin MacKenzie TrusteeView bio
Robin was born in Morayshire and graduated from Aberdeen University in 1961 and McMaster University, Ontario in 1966. He spent most of his working life teaching and lecturing English as a Foreign Language and subsequently educational management.Robin is involved with SHARE because his son was born with severe brain damage and he came to be supported by SHARE in the East of Scotland.
Eileen Gorrie TrusteeView bio
Eileen is a founder member of SHARE whose daughter Carol Anne was born with cerebral palsy due to complications at birth and who sadly passed away in 1997. Eileen worked as a secretary for the Royal Infirmary, Arthur Anderson and latterly in the spirits industry.Her experience as a working mother with 2 children, one of whom was disabled, reflects her calibre as a supporter and Trustee of SHARE Scotland.
Robert Bogle TrusteeView bio
Following a 27 year career in the Scottish Prison Service, Robert has been a trustee of SHARE for some 12 years and he enjoys being kept up to date on all aspects of the way SHARE conducts itself, continually planning and striving to deliver a very caring and unique service.He believes that SHARE as an employer offers staff the terms and conditions that enable them to work in an environment which meets the needs of staff and client. The opportunity for training and personal development ensures that staff carry out their duties to an exceptionally high standard, offering good career prospects. He has seen this through the excellent care and attention given to his sister.
Ronnie McPhee TrusteeView bio
Ronnie has been a member of SHARE since 1995 and has long been a supporter of the organisations ethos.Ronnie was a senior executive in the whisky industry for more than 20 years and now runs a successful Facilities Management company and brings a wealth of finance and management experience to the Board of Management.
The management team
Joe Whyte Managing DirectorView bio
Joe has been with SHARE for 17 years following a career as a qualified architect. He moved from this background to working with another organisation where he used his architectural knowledge to set up and establish a community based housing development for those with profound and complex learning and physical disabilities throughout Scotland.From there he came to SHARE where his ethos that providing such intensive support services, often in challenging circumstances, doesn’t have to be at the expense of staff. This is shown through SHARE treating their staff with the same respect as those they are employed to support.
Gordon Hutcheson Finance DirectorView bio
Gordon has been a Trustee of SHARE for 6 years and took over the role of Finance Director in 2014. A Chartered Accountant, he previously worked in Ship Management and the oil industry. Gordon enjoys contributing to the overall management of the organisation and trying to introduce improved and more efficient administrative systems.He believes that SHARE is an organisation intent on providing the best quality of care to the many people it supports, and looking after the best interests of the employees.
Lynne Dignon Regional Coordinator (West)View bio
Lynne graduated with MA (Hons) in Psychology from Glasgow University in 1986. From 1987 until 1991, she worked in Surrey, initially as houseparent of girls who had severe neurological conditions, and then as “Head of Care” in a special needs girls’ school.She joined SHARE in late 1991 and is responsible for the day to day running of all our services in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.In the past few years. She has trained in hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and solution focussed therapy, which have contributed to her role as a senior manager and trainer.
Kenny Stein Regional Coordinator (East)View bio
Kenny joined the NHS in 1980, working in Peel Hospital, just outside Galashiels. He qualified in General nursing a few years later. He then spent a year working in Dingleton Psychiatric Hospital in Melrose after which he moved to Edinburgh. He worked in nearly all of the hospitals in Edinburgh before moving into Learning Disabilities nursing in 1989 and qualifying as a Learning Disabilities Nurse.In 1992 he left the NHS to work for ELCAP in East Lothian becoming an Area Manager in 1989. In 2002 he joined SHARE as Regional Coordinator and is responsible for the day to day running of all our services in Edinburgh and East Lothian.
Catriona Connelly Head of Communications and FundraisingView bio
Catriona has previously worked for the local press and in recruitment before coming to the charity sector as a fundraising manager. Having experience of working for larger organisations such as RNIB and Erskine, she jumped at the chance to work in a smaller, family led provider, and has been with SHARE since the start of 2016.Catriona’s main remit is to ensure that as many people as possible know about the fantastic work that SHARE do and thoroughly enjoys meeting with care staff and service users and hearing all their wonderful stories. There are no 2 days that are the same, and the inspiration she gets from seeing what can be achieved is incredible.She believes that the way SHARE treats its staff in an inclusive and involved way is what makes it so successful, and ultimately leads to the best care possible being provided, and that it is clearly evident when meeting with the people we support.
Pauline Docherty Finance and Office ManagerView bio
Pauline has been with SHARE since February 2014, however she has worked within the financial sector since 1981.They say that charity begins at home, and Pauline really believes that this is definitely the case with SHARE – she says it’s such a welcoming place to work and the atmosphere is always happy, whether you are in Head Office or out in the service user’s homes.She has had the pleasure of visiting many of the houses and says it’s wonderful to see how happy everyone is.
Anna Lumsden Senior Service ManagerView bio
Prior to working with SHARE, Anna was a scientific officer for 14 years and after a period of time raising her family, she joined SHARE and has been with us for 23 years now.Anna enjoys many aspects of her role, but in particular, helping service users to have experiences previously denied to them and being part of the management team have really broadened her knowledge and understanding of how the organisation works.She believes that staff and their development are particularly important to the organisation and this is the reason people stay in their roles for so long and she says she has been “lucky to have had the opportunity to be in my current role, which has been hugely motivating, and has been a welcome challenge in the later part of my working life”.
Sarah McGhee Senior Service ManagerView bio
Sarah has been with SHARE for 24 years, following a career as a Registered Nurse, and started with SHARE as a Depute Service Manager. She then progressed through the ranks and became Senior Service Manager in 2015. She enjoys the variety of the role, being busy and learning something new every day.Sarah says that since working for SHARE, she feels valued as a person and an employee. She believes the organisation to be one of the best in the field and knows how hard everyone works to ensure that the services provided are second to none. She says she is lucky that she enjoys her job and being a SHARE employee!