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Christine McLIntock

Christine is a lawyer who has worked in commercial law firms McGrigors and Pinsent Masons for 27 years. She was one of the first partners in the UK to be dedicated to Risk & Knowledge Management She was a member of the McGrigors Board from 2007 to 2012 and chaired it for several years and served as General Counsel to Pinsent Masons.

Christine has had extensive involvement with the Law Society of Scotland, including being a past President, former Convenor of the Education & Training Committee and member of the Law Society Board. She is currently the Chair of the Society’s Public Policy Committee, Chair of the Lawscot Foundation and a Trustee of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting.

Christine lives in Edinburgh and has been involved with Cruse Scotland as a volunteer and Board member for four years.



Michael Brown

Michael works within the global paid marketing team at Skyscanner, an online travel site and app, specialising in social media & display advertising. Prior to this, he has worked in marketing roles at an energy provider and a digital communications agency.

During his final year at the University of Stirling, Michael worked as an intern at Cruse Scotland, where he developed a social media strategy and established a presence on a number of social media platforms.

 Michael lives in Glasgow, and in his spare time he enjoys running, cooking and traveling.




J Chisholm

Jane brings experience in counselling, supervision and management to the Board. Her background lies in nursing and midwifery, working overseas with VSO and the International Red Cross, before embarking on a counselling career which led latterly to the role of Head of Counselling for Couple Counselling Scotland. Jane ran her own private counselling practice for 25 years.

Jane served on the Board of Governors of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) for 5 years. She has served on the Cruse Board since 2013.

After early semi-retirement she enrolled at Art College in Dundee and graduated with a Masters Degree in 2008. She is a keen musician playing mainly Early Music on period instruments, viols and Baroque cello.


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Donald is a partner with the actuarial consultancy firm Isio and heads up their practice in Scotland.  His expertise lies mainly in advising on how to deal with the financial complications that pensions can present to employers and trustee boards 

He has plied his trade as a consulting actuary for some 20 years having originally trained and qualified with Scottish Amicable.

From 2008 to early 2020 Donald was a partner at the international consulting firm KPMG

Donald was a keen rugby player back in the day having gained representative honours at university and then during his club career. These days he enjoys golf, skiing, live music, sailing, reading and spending time with his family.



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Matthew became a counsellor/psychotherapist after many years in organisational and leadership development, having come to realise that achieving what we want from life is closely related to how we feel about ourselves. His training and experience has introduced him to a range of theoretical approaches, including person-centred, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, and existential therapy.

Matthew chairs Cruse Scotland’s Practice, Governance & Training Committee.  He currently works in private practice, and as Associate Director of the PF Counselling Service, where is he also a Trustee. 

He has been an independent facilitator and coach for over 30 years, working with the individuals and teams in major commercial, public and non-profit organisations. 


DONNA HASTINGSDonna is the Child and Family Support Worker at St Columba’s Hospice Care in Edinburgh. Prior to this role, she was the Bereavement Coordinator for Richmond’s Hope, a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved children and young people.  Donna is also a facilitator for a Bereavement Group in Edinburgh.

She is an experienced training facilitator and an active member of ABSCO (Association of Bereavement Service Co-ordinators) and sits on various groups involved with childhood bereavement.

Donna is a registered Health Play Specialist and is passionate about improving outcomes for those bereaved in childhood and an advocate for children to be given choice and to be included when someone is dying or has died. 






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 Stephanie is a grant maker with the leading charity funder, People’s Postcode Lottery, where she has developed a wide knowledge of charity funding and charity trust management. Stephanie brings experience of managing three charitable trusts and being the account manager for multiple charitable bodies.  Her work includes developing relationships and funding journeys across many areas of charitable activity, both in the UK and Internationally.

Stephanie's specific skillset revolves around stakeholder engagement, strong funder relationships, impact reporting and collaboration.

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 innovative leader in corporate IT in the international legal firm Pinsent Masons.  He has experience of strategy development, project management, IT infrastructure and applications development, including 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 service innovation and supporting external clients to deliver collaborative online solutions.  As a Cruse Scotland Board member Mike has offered strategic leadership to a significant upgrade of IT systems and procedures in recent years.

He is a keen cyclist and likes playing and watching football. As a Clyde supporter he uses the term "football" loosely.



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Louise is Associate Vice President of Global Enablement Sales at Agilent Technologies, an international life science company.  She is a seasoned business leader and Chartered Accountant with broad experience in strategic planning, business transformation, leadership, customer experience, continuous improvement of sales/marketing/financial processes and systems, analytics, governance, controls and compliance.

Louise is Co-Vice Chair of Cruse Scotland’s Board and Chair of the Finance & Audit Sub-Committee.  She has volunteered on the Board for 3 years, and supporting our community to live well with grief is close to her heart.

Louise is married, with two children and a new puppy!  In her spare time she enjoys music, singing, meditation, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

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Rebecca works at the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, a Scottish charity that brings people together to improve experiences of declining health, death, dying and bereavement.

As well as holding a policy and communications role within the SPPC, she leads their public-facing Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief work. She has published several academic papers on the subject of public health palliative care and is a tutor on the ‘death, dying and bereavement’ module of the University of Edinburgh’s online Masters in public health.

Prior to joining SPPC in 2006, Rebecca held policy and research roles at the Scottish Executive and Capability Scotland.



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Prakash leads for Clinical Governance and chairs the Ethics Advisory Group in addition to being a Consultant  Liaison Psychiatrist, currently working at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. 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, and he is a member of the Board’s Practice, Governance and Training Committee.He is an amateur runner, fitness enthusiast and a part time cyclist.


















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