Our team

Alyson Miller

Chief Executive Officer
Over the course of a 30-year international career, Alyson has worked as a CEO and senior executive in the profit-for-purpose, public, community and commercial sectors. Alyson has developed her professional practice to include leadership, governance and direction with a focus on individuals and communities. Her passion is to seek out the most invigorating roles where she can make a difference and take an organisation to its natural “next level”.  For Salvesen Mindroom Centre, our vision is to become an internationally-recognised centre of excellence in neurodiversity to help create a world where no mind is left behind - together we can make this happen!
 

Dr Dinah Aitken

Head of Outreach
Dinah is an experienced solicitor (non-practising) in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Her experience includes family law and children’s hearings, advising on additional support for learning and accessibility, and social research. Dinah joined us in September 2016 and leads our Direct Help and Support team to deliver key services as well as providing capacity-building support, leading our research-related work and project management more broadly.

Jenny Collings

Fundraising, Marketing & IT Support Officer
Jenny worked for 3 years in an administrative capacity within the entertainment and hospitality industry. She has an honours degree in Animal Biology and has volunteered with various charities across Scotland in events and community engagement. This sparked an interest in a third sector career, and she joined Salvesen Mindroom Centre as an Assistant Administrator in July 2019. Jenny now utilises her administration and events experience to support the charity with Fundraising, Marketing and IT.

Ruth Harris

Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Before entering the charity sector in 2013, Ruth got her degree in Fashion Design. Deciding that she would rather help people than dress them, she decided to find a career that would utilise her creativity in a more fulfilling way. Since 2013 Ruth has worked across many areas of fundraising and brings with her experience of digital fundraising, grants and trusts fundraising and events. Ruth joined us in August 2020 and is now working on diversifying our income streams by developing a portfolio of fundraising activities for all our supporters.
 

Geoff Hewitt

Finance Manager
After gaining an honours degree in Business and Finance, Geoff spent most of his career providing accounting, business and management support to a diverse and inspiring range of organisations within the charity sector. These have included award-winning conservation projects, purpose-built arts venues and a workers’ cooperative dedicated to cross-cultural conflict resolution. Whatever the setting, Geoff’s approach to financial management is always to keep things compliant, transparent, straightforward and on track. Geoff joined Salvesen Mindroom Centre in August 2020.

Marie-Clare MacAskill

Family Outreach Specialist
Marie-Clare qualified and worked as a solicitor in a private practice after gaining an Honours degree in Scots Law with Spanish, a post-graduate degree Diploma in Legal Practice, and a traineeship. She developed experience in the third sector as the Legal Adviser for a group of Citizens Advice Bureaux, advising on issues including disability discrimination, housing and employment law. She also provided representation at sheriff courts and tribunals and assisted with negotiations and mediation. She works directly with parents and carers. Marie-Clare joined us in October 2019.

Rebecca Marshall

Children & Young People Outreach Specialist
Rebecca studied Psychology and Sociology and has worked at various youth groups and play schemes for children with additional support needs. After graduation, Rebecca worked as a Pupil Support Assistant in a mainstream high school and became passionate about helping pupils with additional support needs to access the curriculum. In her spare time, she supports young people on the autistic spectrum at Lothian Autistic Society. Rebecca joined us in March 2019 as a Family Advice Specialist supporting parents and carers. In August 2020, she transitioned to the role of Children and Young People Outreach Specialist providing support and advocacy for children and young people up to age 25.

Sarah McClarey

Senior Family Outreach Specialist
Sarah qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 and practised in diverse areas in the NHS. This included paediatrics which involved assessment and intervention within mainstream and specialist school settings.
Sarah utilises her professional qualification along with her undergraduate psychology knowledge to support parents and carers. Sarah joined us in March 2017.

Chris Nicol

Business Support Executive
Chris provides administrative support to the Chief Executive, Business Manager and Direct Help & Support team. He has a corporate administrative background with international corporations such as Computershare Canada, Ernst & Young New Zealand and PwC UK. Chris joined the Salvesen Mindroom Centre in October 2016.

Nell Page

Senior Family Advice Specialist
Nell qualified as a nurse in 2007 and practised for several years at hospitals in Edinburgh, before moving to the third sector. While working with adult patients, Nell developed an interest in learning difficulties. After leaving the NHS, she worked as an administrator for a charity supporting children with ASD before joining the Salvesen Mindroom Centre’s Direct Help & Support team, where she works directly with parents and carers. Nell joined us in September 2016.

Lisa Ross

Team Leader: Parent & Carer Service
Lisa qualified as a social worker in 2005, and worked in the private, public and third sectors. Lisa supported children, young people and adults with a range of needs, including learning difficulties and disabilities. Lisa started as a member of the Direct Help & Support team, supporting parents and carers directly, and in 2015 took up the position of Team Leader in the Direct Help & Support team. She continues to support parents and carers directly, as well as over-seeing the delivery of our service. Lisa joined us in July 2012.

Kirsten Shield

Team Leader: Children & Young People Service
Kirsten is a qualified social worker and previously worked within local authority social work and education services for around 10 years. Her background is in working with children and young people with additional support needs, including roles in family support, additional support for learning, and children and families social work. Kirsten has also been a registered Specialist Disability Foster Carer since 2011. Kirsten joined as Children and Young People Outreach Specialist, and provides individualised advocacy support to children and young people with learning difficulties up to the age of 25. Kirsten joined the Salvesen Mindroom Centre in August 2018.

Michael Sinclair

Family Outreach Specialist
Michael started his career in market research, working in various roles in a telephone operations setting – with a focus on people management, quality, compliance and data security. More recently, he worked as a support service manager for a charity supporting families affected by cystic fibrosis. Michael’s focus there was providing a befriending service to young people as well as supporting families in areas such as benefits applications, individual grant funding and advocacy work. Michael joined us in June 2017 and works directly with parents and carers.

Jill Somerville

PA/Admin Officer
Jill spent several years working in the banking industry supporting a number of different areas and latterly providing direct support to the Deputy Head of Private Banking. She has spent the last 5 years working as a PA within the third sector, working for a charity providing all through life support to those with learning disabilities. Jill joined us in September 2020 and provides PA/Admin support to the CEO and her team.
 

Alistair Stott

Family Advice Specialist
Alistair has over 12 years of Third Sector experience and has worked with families and individuals with additional support needs. He has extensive experience in the field of welfare benefits – helping people access what they are entitled to.
Alistair has also worked in healthcare, homelessness prevention and with older age groups. Alistair has enjoyed volunteering with charities that help children and young people in his spare time. Alistair joined Salvesen Mindroom Centre in January 2020 and works directly with parents and carers.

Andrew Wright

Children & Young People Outreach Specialist
Andrew worked for 15 years as a classroom teacher with management responsibilities that included the school-wide development of Personal & Social Education and Behaviour Management. In the third sector, he has worked directly with teenagers and young adults as a Children & Families Worker and more recently within human resources, administration and hospitality. Andrew joined us in September 2018 to lead our project on supporting neurodivergent young people with the transition from school to employment through bespoke supported work experience placements.