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Christine McLIntock

Christine is the immediate Past President of the Law Society of Scotland having stepped down as President in May this year . Christine was the second woman to  hold this office, the first having held office in 2005. During her Presidency the Law Society moved to modern open-plan offices, launched a new  ambitious 5 year  strategy and implemented a targeted ♯DefendLegalAid campaign in the lead up to the Scottish Parliament elections.

Christine worked in large commercial law firm McGrgors and then international law firm Pinsent Masons for a total of 27 years. Formerly a corporate and  banking law specialist, she became one of the first law firm partners in the United Kingdom, to be dedicated to Risk & Knowledge Management, focusing on  effective working and employing a holistic risk & knowledge strategy designed to improve client service, ensure ethical and regulatory compliance and   increase profit margins. She sat on the Board of McGrigors from 2007 to 2012 and chaired that Board for 2 years. Following the merger of McGrigors with Pinsent Masons she was apointed General Counsel to the business and was Head of the Risk, Compliance and Inhouse Legal Services Group. This  Group  was responsible for risk management, professional indemnity insurance, complaints and claims, quality assurance and regulatory compliance  across  multiple  jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Group also provided legal advice to the business on diverse areas including  governance,  procurement,  third party contracts, outsourcing, and corporate deals such as mergers and acquisitions and opening new offices in foreign  jurisdictions. In  2013 she retired  as a partner in Pinsent Masons but remained a consultant until December 2015.

Christine has an extensive record of involvement with the Law Society of Scotland, including membership of the Strategy & Governance Group and as Convenor of the Education & Training Committee which sets the standards for qualification as a Scottish solicitor.

Christine is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Society, a new committee set up to oversee policy development and implementation. She is also the incoming chair of the Lawscot Foundation, a charity which provides mentoring and financial support to individuals from less advantaged backgrounds who aspire to become a Scottish solicitor. Recent work has also included membership of a Governance Review Group for the Scottish Police Authority.


R Scott

With a clinical background in cancer care in the NHS and senior management experience in palliative care for adults and children, Ros is now an Honorary ResearchFellow at the University of Dundee and a voluntary sector consultant.  She was formerly Director of Organisational Development with Children’s Hospice Association Scotland where her responsibilities included organisational change and development, HR, voluntary services, learning and development and research. Her research interests include volunteering in hospital and palliative care, volunteering ethics, transition and life-limited young adults, organisational sustainability and governance.Much of her consultancy work involves work with hospice and palliative care services to develop evaluation and research capacity, volunteering, organisational development and strategy.  She also writes, publishes and presents at national and international conferences. 

Ros is currently Co-Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care Task Force on Volunteering. With experience of governance, board structure and review, she was formerly a Trustee of Hospice UK. Ros received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with hospice volunteering in 2013. She has had a long association with and commitment to Cruse Scotland having been a client facing volunteer in Forth Valley some years ago and also serving on the former Training Advisory Group.


B UttenthalBenedikte has been a therapist, trainer and supervisor for 25 years.  She has published articles, courses and handbooks in literary as well as counselling and supervision topics.  She was for a few years a university lecturer in literature and then became Head of education at HM Young Offender’s Institution Polmont for ten years.  Her therapeutic working style is intergrative.  She founded the training organisation CiiC (Colleagues in Integrative Counselling) and ran 2 integrative counselling diplomas (1997-2004). She originally trained (1998 onwards) in Psychodynamics  (Institute of Human Relations, Edinburgh) and Gestalt (Gestalt Training Scotland). 

Benedikte worked for the COSCA Board for 10 years chairing various committees including Course Validation and designing their first practitioner accreditation system.  She was Vice Chair of the COSCA Board of Management for 2 years.  She served two terms of Office for the Cruse Scotland Board and is currently a Cruse Scotland supervisor within the South Area.


Michael Brown

Michael currently works within the digital marketing team at one of the UK’s leading energy companies, specialising in customer acquisition through online marketing and sales channels. Prior to this role, he spent two years agency side, working with clients from a wide range of industries.

In 2013, during his final year at the University of Stirling, Michael worked as a social media development intern at Cruse Scotland. As part of this internship, he launched Cruse Scotland on a number of social media platforms and developed a social media strategy.

Michael’s areas of interest at Cruse Scotland are in the development and implementation of the existing marketing plan, with a focus on helping to build a strong online presence for the organisation.Michael currently works within the digital marketing team at one of the UK’s leading energy companies, specialising in customer acquisition through online marketing and sales channels. Prior to this role, he spent two years agency side, working with clients from a wide range of industries.


J Chisholm

Jane brings a wealth of experience in counselling and supervision and management to the Board.   Her background lies in nursing and midwifery; then leading latterly to the Head of Counselling for Couple Counselling Scotland between 1994-2000.  She holds an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy supervision.

Jane has served as a Member of the Board of Governors for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for 5 years and has served previously on the Board of Cruse Scotland.

Jane has run her own successful private counselling practice for 25 years.  

Her counselling career has been integrated, progressive and innovative - each role has lead to further development.  She prides herself seeing projects through to a successful conclusion.


J Fewell

Judith is a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor. She has consulted extensively to counselling agencies within the voluntary and statutory sectors. Judith originally trained as an English teacher and undertook research in gender and education. She taught gender studies and sociology at universities in Britain and the USA before completing her psychoanalytic psychotherapy training at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations. She made a significant contribution to the establishment of counselling training at Moray House, and joined the staff team in 1996.

Judith also currently works part-time for the adult psychotherapy service of the Scottish Institute. Judith is a registered psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is accredited by COSCA as a counsellor and diploma level trainer.   She co-authored with Ray Wolfe Groupwork Skills for HEBS (the Health Education Board for Scotland), co-edited Girls in Their Prime: Scottish Education Revisited and has written various papers with colleagues on counselling in the voluntary sector.

Her current research interests include applications of psychoanalytic ideas, theories of subjectivity and narrative, the implications for counselling and psychotherapy of current developments in neuroscience and developmental psychology, voluntary sector counselling and the history of psychotherapy in Scotland.  Her areas of interest in Cruse Scotland is in the development of counselling practice and supervision, the development of Cruse Scotland work in the prisons, as well as creating and supporting a research environment at both national and local level.


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Stephanie is a grant maker with a leading charity funder, with great knowledge of charity funding and charity trust management. Stephanie will be able to share with us her experience from managing three charitable trusts and the account manager of multiple charitable relationships and funding journeys across many charitable areas both GB and International. Stephanie has also studied counselling, gaining a COSCA qualification in counselling skills and has previously volunteered as a counsellor.


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Mike is an experienced leader in corporate IT in an international legal organisation, with experience of strategy development, project management, IT infrastructure and applications development. His experience has included involvement in information security, cybersecurity and data protection compliance.

Mike's current responsibilities have seen a shift from internal IT service delivery to a focus on innovation and working with external clients to deliver collaborative online solutions.


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Global Enablement Director Marketing & Sales at Agilent Technologies, a seasoned business leader and ACCA with great experience of financial processes, systems and controls, governance, people management and customer service.





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Prakash is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist currently working at St Johns Hospital in Livingston. His interests are in managing complex conditions that straddle physical and mental illness using holistic approaches. He is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including CBT, DBT and systemic psychotherapeutic approaches especially involving trauma and loss. His additional interests are in the field of governance and leadership especially in the charity sector. He is an amateur runner, fitness enthusiast and a part time cyclist’.


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An Emeritus Professor in the School of Health Studies at The Robert Gordon University, former Head of Law School at Napier University, former judge of the the First-Tier Tribunal for Immigration & Asylum and human rights lawyer. She is also a lay member of the Royal College of Physicians (Edin). Rebecca has lots of experience as a senior academic of fund raising for academic research and has recently completed a research project on child bereavement with Ros Scott.



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Meg's working life started in nursing and she was a District Nurse for a decade before pursuing a career in health care management. She has held senior leadership positions in the voluntary sector for over 15 years and worked in a variety of charities. Meg has worked in charities covering the UK, Scotland and in local communities. Her area of interest is governance and leadership and how charities can remain true to their values and ethos at the same time as being professional and compliant with best practice and legislation. Meg has served as a Trustee on two boards and is currently Chair of ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers in Scottish Voluntary Organisation).  Meg's interest in Cruse Scotland dates back to her nursing days when she referred bereaved relatives of those she had nursed to Cruse Scotland and always valued the service and advice given by staff and volunteers. 


Jonathan WyattJonathan is employed as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edinburgh University and since September 2014 is also the Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University. Prior to this he worked for 5 years as Head of Professional Development at Oxford University.  Currently he is an Honorary Visiting Fellow for Education in Bristol and an Honorary Member of the Centre for Arts Therapy Research in Roehampton. His interest in Cruse Scotland has come from both a professional and personal experience: from working with a number of clients over the years who have experienced loss, research activity in relation to loss and personal loss.















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