Sara Fitzsimmons MBE, RM

Chief Executive Officer
Sara co-founded SiMBA in 2005 and, until November 2017, practiced as a Midwife, in Simpsons Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, for 22 years. Although she stepped down from the NHS, she continues as a Registered Midwife supporting parents and speaking at study days, conferences and seminars. Sara is passionate about bereavement care and getting it right for every parent, family, friend, healthcare professional and colleague. Sara was honoured to receive an MBE, in 2018, for services to bereaved families. Sara is in the final stages of studying an MBA25 (Masters in Business Administration), at Strathclyde University, and received a scholarship from William Grants. Sara is married to Grant and has a son Luke who is studying, for a Business Degree, at Napier University.

Jo Talbot

Office Manager
Jo brings a wealth of business management experience gained from over 20 years in the commercial sector. For the last 10 years, she has worked in the play industry; working closely with schools, local authorities and charity partners to ensure children with special educational needs are fully included in outdoor play spaces. Jo and her family received wonderful support, from SiMBA, after the loss of her baby nephew Noah, at 24 weeks, in March 2008.

Kirsteen Watson

Fundraising Officer
Kirsteen comes with 15 years' Community Development and more recently, Director level experience, supporting the development and growth of small UK-wide charities, in the early years sector, over the last 6+ years. Her background in communications, community development, and fundraising informs her mindful and strategic approach. Kirsteen and her partner received wonderful support, from SiMBA, after the loss of their baby boy, Eoin, in Dec 2017. Kirsteen is honoured to work for a charity so close to her heart in loving memory of her son.

Zoey Linton

Service & Volunteer Coordinator
Zoey is married to Scott and has a son Ryley. Zoey has been in touch with the charity since the loss of her first baby Faith in 2010 and previously helped at many events and is honoured to work for a charity so close to her heart.

Gillian Wells

Events & Partnerships Officer
Gillian joined SiMBA as their first employee in July 2012. Before this she had spent 19 years working for Scottish Equitable / AEGON UK of which 15 of those were spent as an Event Manager in their Corporate Events department. Gillian looks after SiMBAs Bespoke Events, Awareness Events and Business Partnerships. She is married to Graham with 2 gorgeous sons Adam and Fraser.

Fiona Lovatt

Business Support Administrator
Fiona joined the team in March 2019 having first heard of SiMBA in 2014 following the loss of her daughter Susanna. Fiona was a regular volunteer in the office and is happy now to work for such a wonderful charity so close to her heart. Fiona is married to Martyn and has a son Frazer.

Heather McKie

Fundraising Assistant
Heather joined the team on 9th March, having previously worked for another charity, in Midlothian, for the last 12 years - supporting volunteers and families. She has extensive experience supporting individuals both emotionally and practically. She also has a wealth of experience working as a PA, in Administration, in various offices within Edinburgh for 10 years prior to having her children. Heather also is a project Coordinator for a community recycling company, within Midlothian, on a voluntary basis, which she started up in her local area. This is something that is ongoing, and Heather will continue to oversee this. Heather is married to Willie and has two children, and two step children as well as two grandchildren. Heather feels honoured to have the opportunity to work for a fantastic organisation supporting individuals through loss by offering support to them whilst they are fundraising for the organisation which helps them through their journey.

Marie Clare Tully

Chair
Marie Clare is Chief Executive of Columba 1400, a charity whose core purpose is to enable young people and the key adults in their lives to discover their potential through values based leadership. Marie Clare’s background is in venture philanthropy, fundraising and events. Marie Clare received vital support from SiMBA when her son was born too soon in June 2019.

Emma Jenkins

Interim Chair
Emma has over 15 year’s experience at senior level in Human Resources, with significant experience acting as a strategic partner, helping organisations enhance their performance and achieve their strategic goals. Having faced the prospect of losing her youngest daughter Lorna in 2014, Emma embraced the opportunity to become a SiMBA Trustee in 2018 as a way of supporting others who were sadly less fortunate. Emma is inspired by the many ways SiMBA provides comfort to bereaved families and is honoured to be using her skills to help SiMBA develop and expand the essential services and support that make such a difference.

Heather Lawrence

Interim Vice-chair
Heather is highly experienced in leading strategic business improvement and change programmes in the public sector, with a strong focus on continuous improvement, performance management, and benefits realisation. Heather's first daughter Aeryn was stillborn at 37 weeks in 2016 and has experienced first-hand the positive difference SiMBA can make to individuals and families.
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