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.
Stephanie lives with her husband, Peter, her two daughters Sophie and Olivia and Brodie their Labrador. Their second child, Ruben, was born prematurely at 25 weeks and sadly was only with us for a few hours. Stephanie has had first hand experience of the support SiMBA can offer and was honoured to be asked to be a Trustee. She has a strong background in planning, performance and management and hopes to be able to make a difference to the wonderful work that SIMBA does.
Sarah is married with 2 children and is a Head of Finance with HCP.
She has attend attended several events organised by SiMBA, in the past, and when the opportunity arose to join the Board of Trustees she welcomed the chance to make direct impact to a worthwhile charity that continues to make a difference to people’s lives; offering support when it is most needed.
Bryan has worked in the third sector for the past decade and first became aware of the noble work done by SiMBA when he and his wife experienced the loss of their son Milo at 41 weeks in March 2019. On the day he was born, they were given a SiMBA memory box which extended them the opportunity to make more memories with Milo in the SiMBA funded bereavement suite. SiMBA provided the family with memories and keepsakes which they hold dear to this day and for a long time to come.
Bryan is delighted to take this opportunity to give back to the charity by joining the Board of Trustees and vows to continue his fundraising to help the charity where possible.
A Resource Planning Manager for one of the world’s biggest charitable organisations, Bryan brings to the board, skills and specialist knowledge of the systems, processes, and frameworks of the charity sector.
Scott was motivated to join SiMBA through his work as a Doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Throughout his career he has been involved in the care of many women and families experiencing a loss and has witnessed SiMBA’s impact and reach first hand. He is passionate about transforming care around loss for women and ensuring professionals are equipped with the skills to navigate these circumstances with confidence and resilience.
Dr Gillian Smith MBE DUniv
Dr Gillian Smith became a Patron of SiMBA in January 2016.
Prior to this she had been the Head of Scotland for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) until her retirement in 2016.
With over 35 years experience in midwifery and nursing, Gillian was awarded an MBE, in 2014, for services to midwifery and partnership, in Scotland, and was awarded an Honorary Degree, of Doctor of the University, from the University of the West of Scotland in the same year.
Gillian is passionate about midwifery and developing midwives to show their full potential and is Chair of Birthsparks annual MaMa conference held in Scotland.
Grant has supported SiMBA since our very first dinner dance held at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange, in 2006, and has been MC at every dinner dance since.
For SiMBA, having a well known local personality support us from the outset has been invaluable and very much appreciated.
A busy mum of three young children, Lisa has pledged her support for SiMBA after suffering the stillbirth of her first daughter, Lola Grace Commons, in 2008.
She helps SiMBA promote awareness of baby loss and services available to parents and families and also plays a very active part in fundraising for the charity.
In 2013, Nicola, and husband Garreth, were devastated when their triplets Asha, Willow, and Oren were born prematurely at just 24 weeks old, and died a short time after.
They witnessed, firsthand, some of the incredible support and services that SiMBA provide to families all across the UK.
Nicola said: “I am honoured as Patron to help develop the organisation over the coming years”.