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Christine McLIntock

Christine was the President of the Law Society of Scotland in 2015/16 . 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 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) and a Trustee of the Scottish Council of LawReporting. She is currently serving on the Review Panel conducting an independent review regulation of the Legal Profession in Scotland.



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.


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Donald is a partner with KPMG and heads up KPMG’s Pension and wider People Services practice in Scotland.

His expertise lies mainly in advising corporates on how to deal with the obstacles that pensions can represent with regard to transactions, refinancing, cost and risk reduction and wider business activity generally.

Donald was at the forefront of the recent resurgence in the buyout market. He advised on two of the earliest deals that took place.

He joined KPMG in June 2008 from PwC where he led their Scottish Pensions practice, focusing on pensions advice to corporates.

Donald was a Partner at Hymans Robertson from 1998 to 2005. During this time he advised both trustees and corporates on pension issues. He is a regular commentator in the media and is a past Chair of the Faculty of Actuaries Pensions Research Group


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Matthew is qualified and experienced in counselling, psychotherapy, coaching, and group facilitation, with over 30 years of experience of helping people grow and develop.

He 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, CPD and experience has introduced him to a range of theoretical approaches, including person-centred, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, and existential.

He currently works in private practice, and as Associate Director of the PF Counselling Service, where is he also a Trustee.  Previously, he has been an independent development facilitator and coach, working with the individuals, teams and partnerships of major commercial, public and non-profit organisations. 

His background is in leadership education and development.  In the 1990's he spent seven years as Edinburgh Programme Director with Common Purpose, the international independent civic education programme for emerging leaders from all sectors. He is a Fellow of the RSA, and has been Chair of Edinburgh's One City Trust and Vice Chairman of the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers.  He also has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Materials Science from the University of Sussex.


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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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