Sandy Manson (Chair)

In his professional capacity, Sandy is Chair and Head of Client Services at Johnston Carmichael, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.  He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and joined Johnston Carmichael in 1991 where he was CEO from 2007 until 2019. Sandy is also a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


Robin Dow (Deputy Chair)

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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. As a Trustee, he has specific responsibility for Finance and Governance.



Dr David Farquharson

Dr David Farquharson

Dr David Farquharson is recently retired from his role in NHS Lothian as Medical Director responsible for patient safety and quality of patient care throughout Lothian. He is also the responsible officer for all qualified Doctors in Lothian on behalf of the GMC. David originally specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was previously Clinical Director for women’s services at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for 15 years. He brings a wealth of medical, management and governance experience to the Salvesen Mindroom Centre. As a Trustee, he has supervisory responsibility for all Child Protection matters.


Sophie Dow

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Sophie is our founder and the visionary behind it. She is married to Robin and their daughter, Annie, has learning difficulties. Journalist by profession with 30 years of experience in the field, Sophie acts as The Salvesen Mindroom Centre's ambassador, constantly spreading the word about the charity and raising awareness of learning difficulties. She also undertakes special projects on the Salvesen Mindroom Centre's behalf. 

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Alastair Salvesen

Alastair Salvesen CBE, is a leading figure in the UK seafood industry and has been for over 35 years receiving an honorary degree for his outstanding contribution to business and society from Cranfield University. Alastair Salvesen is also a Director of the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School Ltd, Dovecot Studios Ltd (one of the world’s leading contemporary tapestry studios), Archangel Investments Ltd and New Ingliston Ltd.


Johnny McGlynn

Johnny is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Edinburgh and works for Brewin Dolphin in the wealth management sector. He joined the firm in 2009 as a divisional director, where he initially was Head of Financial Planning before taking on his current role as Head of Growth in 2014. Johnny joined the Board primarily to help our fundraising strategy. As well as his commercial background, he brings a range of new ideas, a fresh outlook and new connections for the charity. As a Trustee, he has specific responsibility for Fundraising strategy.



Judy Wagner

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Judy began her career as a chartered accountant and worked in commerce before co-founding FWB (now FWB Park Brown), an international executive search business with offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Houston, Texas.  She is an Associate of The University of Edinburgh Business School and Joint Programme Director for the University’s Executive Women’s Leadership Programme and also for Non-Executive Director Programme.