Introducing the Board Members

The trustees are responsible for the vision, mission and management of our charity.

Trustees are the people in overall control and management of our charity.  Each individual trustee is experienced in their own field of business and bring their unique skills, knowledge and expertise to the role. The trustees volunteer their support for free and with no recompense. You can read their bios below to discover more about each person, their reason for supporting our charity and the difference they make.

If you are interested in finding out more of the role of trustee and would like to become a Trustee for Cancer Support Scotland call today on 0141 337 8199 or email info@cancersupportscotland.org

Jack Ogston

Jack Ogston joined our board of trustees in 2013 and stepped up as our Chairman at our October AGM in 2018.

Jack has a solid background in finance gained over 36 years with the Clydesdale Bank. Following his departure from the bank in 2009 Jack has held a number of Non Executive Director appointments.

Reason for becoming our Chair

Jack is a passionate supporter of our charity and in his own words: “it is an excellent cause and a charity which provides support in a way others don’t.”

Jack’s wealth of experience in business and financial matters provides vital advice and mentoring skills to the team of staff at Cancer Support Scotland. It also helps with the sustainability and continued growth of the charity and the work it does to support people affected by cancer.

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Gary H Sutherland

Gary Sutherland started with Cancer Support Scotland in February 2015 and has undertaken the role of Vice Chair.

Gary is the Managing Director and founder of EmployEasily Legal Services Ltd, Gary is an experienced employment law practitioner with over 25 years of operational management success working with companies ranging is size from 5 to >5000.  A Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals (IoP), a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and a full member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Gary has accumulated a wealth of experience that spans all aspects of business and brings with him a rare combination of employment law knowledge and practical ‘hands-on’ operational management experience.

Like the lives of so many others, Gary’s life has been directly impacted by cancer.  Gary was already an avid supporter of a number of cancer charities so when he was invited to consider a position on the Board by former Chair Craig Mackie, Gary immediately saw the opportunity to give something back and help make a positive contribution to the lives of others who had also been affected by cancer by leveraging his skills and experience to support Cancer Support Scotland to deliver the essential services we offer.

As a Trustee Gary has a responsibility to contribute to the discharging of the board’s duties in the areas of service delivery, finance, staffing, funding, governance and setting policies and procedure. In addition to this Gary also promotes the charity at every opportunity and utilises his extensive business network to directly and indirectly assist with fundraising for the charity.

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Kylie Forrest

Kylie Forrest joined our board in September 2017.

Kylie is the founder of KL Events, Scotland’s leading event management consultancy. In addition to KL Events she is also a shareholder in Miigen, a recently launched Scottish technology company.

Since 1994, Kylie has built up a reputation as one of Scotland’s most sought-after event consultants. She has worked on a diverse range of events in the public, private and charity sectors. From the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Cash for Kids Christmas Campaigns, the legendary White Ball which raised £1.8M in one night to Live8, The Final Push, Murrayfield.

Kylie also has international business interests and co-founded Forrest & Fozerly, a boutique business consultancy based in Toronto, Canada. In addition she is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs in Residence, a by invitation only, networking organisation for growth entrepreneurs across the globe.

Kylie’s strong background in networking, events and charity fundraising is an area that can help grow awareness and fund Cancer Support Scotland services.

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Craig McDermid

Craig McDermid joined our board in August 2016.

Graduating with a degree from Aberdeen University, Craig embarked on a career as a Chartered Accountant and is certified by the Institute of Chartered Accountant in Scotland. As a qualified CA, Craig has spent most of his career working within the SME marketplace advising and working with growth orientated businesses.

Craig is a professional Non-Executive Director (NXD) working with privately owned businesses, specifically family owned or SMEs.

Currently, Craig is a NXD with family investment group, Murray Capital; search and selection business, Livingston James Group; sports surfaces manufacturer, SIS Pitches Group and Edinburgh based family investment company, EG Thomson Holdings.

Before embarking on his NXD career, Craig was a director of Murray Capital for 12 years. Before joining Murray Capital, he worked in the private equity team of Aberdeen Murray Johnstone as EY, National Australia Bank and RMD.

He also sits on the Credit Committee of the Social Growth Fund.

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Donny McKinnon

Donny McKinnon joined our board in September 2017.

Originally qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor Donny has over 40 years’ experience in the Construction and Property Development industry.

Throughout his career, he gained a wide experience of most aspects of the construction and property development industry from acting as Consultant Quantity Surveyor, working in contracting organisations, developing and providing project management services on major projects and ultimately building expertise in project procurement and funding structures especially in the PFI market.

Donny has held strategic roles in the capacity of directorships in PFI equity participant companies, property development companies. He also acts as advisor to clients in the provision of overall development strategies and assembly of project funding and finance.

His strategic and advisory skills combined with his network of connections play a vital role in supporting Cancer Support Scotland.

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Dr Paul Thomson

Dr Paul William Thomson started with Cancer Support Scotland inJanuary 2013. His position on the board is Chair of the Governance Commitee.

Paul is the Rector (Principal and Chief Executive) of Jordanhill School, Glasgow. Paul has served on a number of Boards including: Member Scottish Qualifications Authority 2010-2018; Chair SQA Qualifications Committee 2016-18; Chair SQA Advisory Council 2013-16; Royal Society of Edinburgh Education Committee 2008-13 and as a President of Bearsden LTC 2013-16

Reason for joining the board

Paul first became aware of Cancer Support Scotland in November 2012 when singers from Jordanhill School performed at the opening of the Calman building.

Family and close colleagues had recently received treatment for cancer and when the charity indicated that it was looking for new trustees.  Paul was happy to play what small part he could in supporting the work of Cancer Support Scotland which plays an important role in contributing to and sustaining the wider well-being of cancer patients and their families.

Paul’s particular area of expertise lies in corporate governance and this combined with day-to-day experience in HR and facilities management and development. His experience and advisory skills play an important role in supporting the essential work of Cancer Support Scotland.

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