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Our Board of Trustees

Sarena Norwood


Sarena is a full-time mum to 3 children – 1 grown and 2 teenagers with ASN.

Previous working background in midwifery & electronic supply-chain management.

She says she joined the S.M.I.L.E Team because she is “passionate about helping support our younger generation to achieve the confidence and happiness they deserve in life.”

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.

David Banks
BEd (Hons)


David works part-time as a Family Support Worker for Signpost in West Lothian as also part-time as a First Aid Trainer with West Lothian based First Aid Schools Training.

David is a registered Primary Teacher and previously worked for West Lothian Education Services and led the Autism Outreach Team for a number of years where he supported some of the most vulnerable young people in the Authority.

David is passionate about supporting young people to fulfil their potential and believes that everyone has the right to be an active part of their community.

Rachel Rintoul

HR Advisor

Rachel is currently a Customer Advisor with Sky, alongside this she is currently undertaking studies with the Open University and volunteering within the local community.

Gaining experience working for the local Council as a Benefits Advisor and previous volunteering in the local community from a very young age Rachel soon realised her empathy for helping those in need whether it be due to poverty or ill health and strives to give whatever time she can to help those in need.

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.

Katie Abbott
Bsc Hons

Board of Trustee

Katie graduated from Stirling University in 2019 with an Honours degree in Psychology.

She has volunteered for different mental health organisations since her third year at university, working with mostly elderly people with a variety of mental health issues such as depression and social anxiety.
Within this she helped others understand their illness and also finding tools to help manage their symptoms to be able to live their life to the fullest.

She recently obtained a new job as a mental health support worker, working with individuals of varying ages and supporting them in their daily lives. She enjoys seeing how the right support can help others progress in their recovery journey.

Katie lives locally within West Lothian, and is passionate about working within her own community and eager to gain more experience working with a younger age group.