What do the Council of Management do?


They are the people who serve on the governing body of Garvald Glenesk Limited. The Garvald Glenesk Council of Management are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity.


They have the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the people for which it has been set up.


Jane Campbell, Chair, a member since December 1999, was already familiar with Glenesk and many of the residents, having worked with them as a learning disability nurse at Gogarburn Hospital, and having supported them through the move to their new home. She continued working for the NHS Learning Disability Service until retiring in 2011. She feels she has learnt a great deal from being involved in the running of a small charitable organisation, but the most important thing for her has been seeing Garvald Glenesk established as a real home for the residents.


Julie Brechin joined the Garvald Glenesk Council of Management in November 2005 and served as Chairperson for 5 years. She worked in the care sector since leaving school, training as a primary and nursery teacher, then completing a post graduate qualification in social work. Working in further education colleges, Julie and was latterly Head of Health and Wellbeing at Jewel and Esk College, Midlothian.  She now owns a quirky boutique in Edinburgh and teaches part-time. Her time on the Council of Management has been "interesting and challenging, allowing me to keep in touch with real practice, deepening my understanding of social therapy."  She enjoys attending the monthly residents meetings.


Angela Kirkwood, Company Secretary, joined in March 2010 and has twenty years of experience in industry and commerce, as well as an honours degree in business. She joined to “give something back”. Angela describes her role as extremely fulfilling and says it gives her the chance to “make a difference in peoples’ lives.” Her main area of expertise is in the areas of business and finance.


Tracey Exton joined in July 2014 with 25 years commercial experience within the Recruitment and Training sector.  She set up her own business in 2008 and brings a business background and creative approach to problem solving. Tracey very much embraces holistic principles practised by the Steiner approach to teaching and care, coming to Garvald Glenesk as result of participating in the work done at the Columcille Centre for adults with learning difficulties in Morningside. 


Gary McEvoy joined the Management Council in December 2014, having worked in the Financial Services industry for 30 years with Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Society straight from school. Gary has held technical and managerial roles in functions as diverse as Customer Services, IT and Change and Human Resources. He recently left Aegon where he headed up the HR Customer Facing and Business Partnering function to join Barclays Wealth and Investments as People Change Manager. Gary said, I've spent my whole working career in the corporate world which has taught me a lot, and I wanted to use that experience in a different way by playing a part in a charitable organisation where I hope I can help and learn at the same time “


Martin Dawson joined in February 2015. Qualifying as a Social Worker in 1981 Martin started work at Garvald School in the Scottish Borders (later Garvald West Linton) providing residential care and day activities for 22 years, 15 as Manager of the organisation. Since 2003 he has been Manager at Columcille Centre a day activities for adults with learning disabilities in Edinburgh and Garvald Glenesk. Martin joined to offer his services and out of recognition of this link. As a Board Member at Garvald Edinburgh for many years, Martin aims to work in sympathy with social therapy, a person centred approach, and the values of the Care Inspectorate.