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Declan Harrigan ND Bsc (Hons) PGDip

S.M.I.L.E Clinical Director

Declan began his career in corporate sales while studying Social Policy and Sociology at Magee, University of Ulster. After University and spending an additional 4 years training as a therapist he now has experience in supporting and counselling young people for over 10 years both in the North of Ireland and since 2012 in West Lothian, Scotland.

His experience in counselling began in the North of Ireland where he worked specifically with those people affected by self-harm or suicidal thoughts / ideation. However, in addition to this work he has also worked with issues such as bullying, sexual orientation, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship issues, abuse or post Northern Ireland conflict prisoners affected by PTSD to name but a few.

Declan worked extensively on anti-sectarianism projects with the young people involved using various counselling approaches in groups to help change their negative thinking about each other and encourage them to look at the similarities instead of the very minimal differences.

He then moved to Scotland in 2012 where he took up the position as a project co-ordinator working with similar groups and co-ordinating a youth unemployment strategy while supporting these young people to address their barriers and re-engaging positively into their community again.

George Scott


George worked in the NHS for over 20 years working in the field of child health both in a hospital and community setting.

For the last ten years he has worked in the Local authority to deliver activity to reduce health inequalities. His current post is line managing a Regeneration team that works across West Lothian.

George is passionate about reducing inequalities and customer service. George has lived in West Lothian for 32 years. He is married for 28 years with three grown up girls aged 18-21yrs old.

Carol Reid


Carol is a qualified accountant and has been a fellow of the association of certified and chartered accountants since 2008.

Having started her career in the Manufacturing she has worked her way up to Group Financial Controller within a market leading company in the construction industry.

Carol has previously served in a volunteer role as a leader of a youth club and is also the treasurer for another Charity.

Elizabeth McGrorty


Liz comes from a background of hairdressing. Liz has worked as a Prison Officer for the last 20 years working with male young adults and then with female young adults and female adults. During this time Liz has helped and supported all prisoners with their confidence, self-esteem, self-harm reduction, addiction reduction and education.

Liz is very passionate about her work and enjoys the results that it achieves. Liz has been married for 37 years, has a grown up family and three young Grand Children.

Arfana Jan

Board of Trustee

Arfana has had experience working and managing a busy post office providing a valuable service to the local community.

Currently Arfana is kept busy by being a full time stay at home Mum with two children age 5 and 1 years old. In addition to this Arfana likes to keep fit in her spare time and has a keen interest in giving back to the community by taking part in charity events, her latest being the Glasgow Half Marathon.

Natalie Baird

Board of Trustee

Natalie is a Social Worker currently working for a Local Authority. She works 1:1 with young people affected by a range of issues from non-attendance at school to those affected by mental health issues.

Previous to this she has experience working with families affected by parental substance misuse, disadvantaged young people looking for employment, criminal justice and adults with disabilities.

Marc Davey

Board of Trustee

Marc is a Business Advisor currently working with Business Gateway, West Lothian.

After gaining experience and qualifications within the finance sector, Marc joined the Community Regeneration team. It was here that he realised he had a real passion for community engagement and partnership work between community organisations within West Lothian.

This has allowed him to build strong relationships with various organisations throughout the county.

Douglas Benson
BA Dip

Board of Trustee

Douglas has worked in the local authority for the last 14 years across a number of roles and is currently involved in Service Development.  He is passionate about community and customer service. 

Douglas has been integral to a number of different projects; sourcing funding and providing guidance to support community projects and initiatives to reduce inequalities and promote regeneration.

Carlene Von Doring

Board of Trustee

Carlene is currently working with the local authority which she has done for 15 years.

She works within Anti-Social Behaviour and neighbour disputes

Carlene also work as a volunteer for a group who deal with vulnerable families and individuals dealing with crime, violence and domestic abuse

She has worked in the medical services for the Scottish Ambulance Service for 6 years and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for 2 years were she spent most of her time working with young adults dealing with Mental Health Issues

Laura Ferguson
Bsc (Hons) Dip

Student Counsellor

Laura left Queen Margaret University in 2014 with an honours in Psychology. She is now a qualified and practicing Hypnotherapist with her own business while in the final stages of her training as a counsellor.

She has worked with people of all ages and with a variety of issues including substance misuse, stress, anxiety, anger issues and self-esteem. Laura has worked casually for many years as a support worker, helping individuals with learning and physical disabilities throughout Edinburgh and the Lothian’s.