All members of Penumbra’s Board are Trustees for the purposes of charity law, with overall responsibility for its activities.

The Board meets several times a year and is supported by three committees: Finance, Risk & Audit Committee, People, Quality & Improvement Committee and Remuneration Committee.


Board members

Laura Reid Laura Reid (Treasurer)

Laura started her career in the NHS as an analyst and now holds a senior position within SIMUL8 Corporation (an organization that develops dynamic and innovative analytics software).

Frances Birch Frances Birch

Frances is a Senior Health Improvement Programme Officer at NHS Health Scotland. She previously worked for NHS Lothian and Scottish Borders Council in health improvement roles.

Alison Douglas Alison Douglas

Alison has worked as a policy adviser to Scottish Ministers since 2001. She is currently Head of Public Service Reform and has previously working for the UK Research Councils.

Trisha Hall Trisha (Patricia) Hall (Chair)

Trisha has worked with and for children and families for over 30 years. She has worked in the voluntary sector since 2003 and is the Manager of the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW).

Alistair Hodgson Alistair Hodgson

Alistair leads on national policy development within the Scottish Government for digital health & care. He is currently seconded from the NHS to the Joint Improvement Team.

Brian Small Brian Small

Brian has spent his working life in banking and investment management, primarily in product, project and relationship management roles. In his latter roles he spent a great deal of time travelling internationally.

Kate Smith Kate Smith

Kate is Director of Fundraising and Communications at CHILDREN 1ST. She has over 10 years’ experience of fundraising, communications and volunteer management. Prior to joining CHILDREN 1ST Kate was Head of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust.

John Ziltner John Ziltener

John is an experienced and accomplished teacher and school leader who has been instrumental in the rapid improvement of several inner city schools in Leeds. John has recently relocated to Scotland to study for an MSc in Education at the University of Edinburgh.


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