Our team

Dr Dinah Aitken

Head of Strategic Development
Dinah is a solicitor (now non-practising) with many years of experience 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. She works to support the Direct Help & Support team to deliver our key services as well as providing capacity-building support and project management. She joined us in September 2016.

Jenny Collings

Jenny provides administrative support to the Chief Executive, Business Manager, Direct Help & Support team and Administrator. She has an Honours degree in Animal Biology and has volunteered with environmental charities across Scotland. Her interest in mental health and learning difficulties developed during volunteer work and personal experience. She joined the Salvesen Mindroom Centre in July 2019.

Mig Coupe

Head of Direct Help & Support
Mig oversees the Direct Help & Support team. She qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1974 and subsequently worked in a range of settings, including a health centre, geriatric hospital, general hospitals, psychiatric hospital, clinical neurosurgical unit and a special school. Mig also operated a children’s nursery for several years and, immediately prior to joining the Salvesen Mindroom Centre, ran an independent special needs advisory service. In September 2018, Mig was awarded the General Teaching Council Scotland Convener’s Professional Values Award. She joined us in July 2000.

Robin Dow

Acting Chief Executive
Robin is married to Sophie Dow, the founder of Mindroom. He has an extensive business background in marketing and general management and is currently chairman of a company specialising in infrastructure maintenance, and MD of a property development company.

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

Family Advice Specialist
Rebecca studied Psychology and Sociology, and worked at various youth groups and play schemes for children with additional support needs throughout her time at university. After graduating, Rebecca worked as a pupil support assistant in a mainstream high school and became passionate about helping pupils with additional support needs access the curriculum. In her spare time, Rebecca supports young people on the autistic spectrum at Lothian Autistic Society. Rebecca joined the Salvesen Mindroom Centre in March 2019 and works directly with parents and carers.

Sarah McClarey

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.

Alyson Miller

Head of Fundraising

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

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

Direct Help & Support Team Leader
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

Children & Young People Outreach Specialist
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.

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

Supported Work Placement Specialist
Andrew has a professional background in education, and worked as a classroom teacher for 15 years with management responsibilities that included whole-school development of personal and social education, and behaviour management. He has also been employed in the third sector as a children and families worker, working with teenagers and young adults, and more recently has worked in human resources, administration and hospitality. Andrew leads our project supporting neurodivergent young people in the transition from school to the world of work through bespoke supported work experience placements. Andrew joined the Salvesen Mindroom Centre in September 2018.