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about us

our volunteers and trustees

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.  We involve more than 200 volunteers across our range of services, in many different roles

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.  We involve more than 200 volunteers across our range of services, in many different roles.

Whether they’re welcoming members of the public, promoting equality, helping callers to the LOOPs Phoneline or running activities for patients at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, we appreciate every single one of of them.

Our trustees

Our trustees provide strategic vision and governance and let’s not forget that they are volunteers too.

John Lawrie

John Lawrie Convenor

John has taken part in voluntary activities all his adult life and has a firm belief in the value of volunteers both to society and to the individuals volunteering.  He is a trustee of the Cyrenians and has also served as a trustee (and as chair) of Edinvar Housing Association, the Samaritans, Telephone Helplines Association and Penumbra. John was an investment manager for Scottish Provident and was for four years an Edinburgh City Councillor.  He was awarded the OBE in 1990 and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh.

Mike Reid Treasurer

Mike is an accountant and Head of Corporate Services at Relationships Scotland.

Edward Hibbert Vice Convenor

Edward has been a Trustee since 2010.  He has worked for many years in IT, and now does IT work for the third sector.  He is particularly interested in how technology can create virtual communities and since 2005, has been involved in Freegle, a voluntary movement which helps keep usable items out of landfill by giving them away to people nearby.  This has given him experience and interest in the joys and challenges of volunteering.

Laura Morrison

Laura Morrison

Laura is a solicitor specialising in employment law at Dentons LLP.  She has volunteered in various capacities since her student days and is involved in organising a number of volunteering opportunities as part of Dentons’ CSR initiative.

Angela Napuk

Angela Napuk

Angela is a retired primary school teacher.  Angela also ran the Assessment of Achievement Programme and Educational Assessment Unit in the University of Edinburgh.  She has been volunteering for many years with several different charities.

Vincent Connor

Vincent Connor

Vince is Service Delivery Manager with Forth Sector and has a wide range of experience in both the voluntary and private sectors.

Tommy McLean

Tommy took early retirement in 2011 from his post with City of Edinburgh as Community Learning and Development Manager for South Edinburgh.  Throughout his time in CLD he worked in partnership with a broad range of Community and Voluntary Sector organisations.  He has also previously undertaken voluntary work with Volunteer Edinburgh as a tutor on the trustee development courses and is particularly interested in the Community Capacity Building elements of our work.

Linda Hamilton

Linda Hamilton

Linda has worked in the voluntary sector since 2000, with roles including volunteer centre management, volunteer management and fundraising. She has worked with cancer charities and also health charities. Currently she is Fundraising Manager in the East of Scotland for NSPCC Scotland. Being passionate about volunteering, she volunteers at her local tennis club and at the Kiltwalk.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Kate has been involved in volunteering for over 20 years in various roles from early years to further education, employability and in the community. She is passionate about equality and loves working with people. She is currently a Community Development Worker for With Kids in the Calders estate, Edinburgh, a freelance life coach and is also working with the YMCA as Women and Families Worker.

Albert Paterson

Albert Paterson

Bert has over 30 years experience in a variety of international executive and board level positions in the Life & General Insurance and Family Takaful (Islamic compliant) industries. Whilst serving in Turkey, India and Indonesia Bert had direct experience of the benefits gained by providing opportunities for staff to volunteer their time and skills and, now that he has returned to Edinburgh, is pleased to be able to continue to encourage the benefits of volunteering as part of the Volunteer Edinburgh board.

Jane Greenacre

Jane Greenacre

Jane has worked in the third sector for 20 years working alongside and supporting volunteers through out this time. Currently in a senior management role in an organisation supported by over 40 volunteers in a wide variety of roles. She is passionate about volunteering and enhancing the positive difference volunteers can make.


Trustees serve on the Board in a personal capacity and do not represent the interests of any other organisation.  Their background is given for information only.