John has been a Board member since 2003 and was elected as Chair of Penumbra in September 2009. He is a retired Investment Manager, and was also a non-executive Director of IFG plc, a Dublin company, from 2000 to 2012.
John was awarded the OBE in 1990 and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh. He has been involved with a wide variety of voluntary organisations over the years. He is a Samaritan volunteer in Edinburgh and has been national Chair of the organisation. He is also a former Chair of the Helplines Association and served on its Executive Committee for sixteen years.
He is a trustee of the Edinburgh Cyrenians and was formerly a Board member and chair of Edinvar Housing Association. He served four years as a City Councillor in Edinburgh and was subsequently Treasurer, and later Chair of the Scottish Liberal Party.
Anthony (Tony) McLoughlin Treasurer
Tony has been a Board member of Penumbra since 2003 and was appointed Treasurer in January 2009. Tony has worked in various roles and locations with The Royal Bank of Scotland for the past 34 years and currently works in their Personal Lending Unit in Edinburgh. He believes wholeheartedly in the core values and vision of Penumbra and shares their determination to make that vision a reality.
Graeme joined the Penumbra board in 2006. Most of Graeme’s career has been in mental health, supporting recovery through stable housing, education and employment. He has also worked in community health, disability and as a freelance trainer and consultant. Graeme’s current role as Training & Support Officer with Evaluation Support Scotland continually reinforces for him the importance of the voluntary sector and its creativity, diversity and quality. Penumbra embodies all of these and Graeme is proud to support Penumbra, its staff and the people they serve so well.
Shona joined Penumbra’s Board in January 2010. Shona began her career in the health service and over the last 25 years has worked both within the public and private sector. Latterly as a Management Consultant delivering strategic business development support to the public and third sector, including charities and social enterprises. She now runs a Community Interest Company providing business support to similar organisations, SKSscotland. Shona is an Associate Member of Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland.
Sarah joined Penumbra’s Board in November 2008. Sarah has a long term interest in making sure ordinary peoples’ voices are heard in terms of planning and providing public services, particularly health and social services. She has spent the last 12 years in public sector roles which allowed her to partly fulfil this commitment.
She ran a local health council in Lanarkshire and worked with many excluded groups of people, including young people and those with long and enduring mental health issues. She then joined the senior management team of two public service regulators, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (formerly the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland) and the Care Commission where she ensured business processes included capturing the views of people who accessed services.
Her final post before quitting full time employment was as the principal author of the Crerar Review covering quality assurance of health and social care services. Sarah is an honorary member of staff within Glasgow University Medical School.
Sean spent the first part of his career working as an assistant scientist in a laboratory and he has spent the last ten years working as a commercial lawyer, specialising in intellectual property and IT law, during which time he has acted for, advised and assisted a wide range of entities, including academic institutions, charities, government bodies and commercial businesses. Sean believes that Penumbra makes an invaluable contribution to Scotland’s wellbeing, including the improvement of Scotland’s involvement in the recovery of the mental wellbeing of individuals and the realisation of the potential contribution of those individuals to Scotland. Sean shares Penumbra’s sensibilities and he very much hopes to contribute to the ongoing work of Penumbra.
Trisha was born in the Netherlands, and has worked with and for children and families for over thirty years; initially within Education and Vocational Guidance and Youth Counseling, and since coming to Britain in 1987 in social work; initially in statutory services and since 2003 in the voluntary sector, for Aberlour, a Scottish Children’s Charity.
Throughout her career Trisha’s main role has been the leadership and management of workers and service managers providing services. She has worked within a number of strategic partnership settings and contexts. Trisha is also interested in evidencing the effectiveness of service intervention using a “Realist Evaluation” method.
Trisha moved to Stirling in 2006, and in 2010 became Head of Evaluation and Research.
“I am delighted to be able to make a contribution to Penumbra’s work, and hope my experiences of the children and young people’s sector can support a holistic model of service design and delivery.”
After working in the international development sector for ten years, Flora moved to Scotland in 2009 and works for Thistle Foundation as their Health & Wellbeing Manager. Her interest in person-centred services began when she worked with a Montreal based charity that supported people with learning disabilities live independently. She shares Penumbra’s ethos of working toward a society that supports people to fulfill their potential, wherever they are in their recovery process.
Flora’s career began with volunteer work and is deeply committed to developing services for those who need them the most. She feels strongly about the need for a holistic approach and understands the challenges around maintaining high quality, responsive services in times of economic uncertainty.