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Our Board of Trustees

Elizabeth McGrorty

Chairperson

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.

Louise Scott
MCIPD

Secretary

Louise is qualified in a Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. She is also a practicing hypnotherapist.

Louise is committed to helping clients reduce confusion and gain a different perspective on how to cope with life’s challenges, which in turn will allow them to make positive changes when, where and how they choose to make them.

Prior to retraining, she spent over 20 years working in Human Resources, latterly focusing on Executive Coaching, Learning & Development and Functional Leadership.

She is married with two children aged 13 and 11.

Douglas Benson
BA Dip

Treasurer

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.

Paula Richardson
PgDip

Board of Trustee

Paula has worked as a Civil Servant for the last 18 years in both operational and policy roles. She brings with her a wealth of HR, management, policy development, project management and stakeholder engagement experience.

As a foster carer she is passionate about children’s rights and has seen first had the benefits that counselling can bring for children who have experienced trauma. She has attended numerous seminars and has been a member of many multi agency reviews.

Paula is also a mentor for the Career Ready Scheme, a scheme for supporting fifth and sixth year students with disadvantage to reach their full potential.