Tracey lives with her husband, Matt, and two children Madeleine and Rebecca. Their first child, Nathan, was born prematurely at 24 weeks and sadly was only with us for a few hours. Tracey is passionate about children and their families and runs a private children’s nursery. Tracey was honoured to be asked to be a Trustee and hopes to be able to make a difference to the wonderful work that SIMBA does.
Matt is a Principal Teacher of Guidance at Musselburgh Grammar School where he works with children aged 11-18 from a variety of backgrounds. Previous to this he has had a variety of jobs and has travelled widely. Matt joined SiMBA as a trustee because of his son, Nathan, who sadly died a few hours after he was born.
Andrea lives in Edinburgh with her family. Andrea first got involved with SiMBA as a volunteer 4 years ago after her daughter was stillborn in 2013, she was honoured to be asked to become a Trustee in June 2016 and continues to volunteer on a regular basis. Andrea says " I know firsthand how much the work that SiMBA does can help to support bereaved families on their journey. I want to do all I can to ensure anyone who requires it receives that support.
Monica lives in Edinburgh with her partner Jonny and daughter Megan. She is a senior broadcast journalist and has worked on news and current affairs programmes for most of her working life. Monica’s lost her son 15 weeks into her pregnancy in 2015 whilst living in London and didn’t get any of the support that SIMBA offers. Monica says “I think it’s a fitting tribute to my son to help SIMBA to provide the vital service that they give to so many families”.
Trustee, Highland Ambassador & Support Group Co-ordinator
Susan and Andrew have 2 delightful daughters Charis & Niamh, but they have also experienced the depths of grief, having lost 2 babies.
In July 2007, Susan miscarried Alex at 13 weeks and left hospital with nothing and no offer of support apart from the Chaplaincy offering to place their baby’s name in their Book of Remembrance. On the 24th September 2010, the family were devastated again when Susan gave birth to their stillborn daughter Eilidh Beth. It was only a couple of weeks after Eilidh Beth’s funeral that Susan looked to see what support could be set up in the Highlands to help other families and contacted SiMBA.
Susan says she is honoured to volunteer for SiMBA as Trustee, Support Group Co-ordinator and SiMBA's Highland Ambassador, and is passionate about supporting families in the most rural parts of the country.
Cheryl first became aware of SiMBA after losing her son Sydney shortly after his birth in 2009. Cheryl started volunteering with SiMBA as she could identify with the bereaved parents that we support and wanted to do something positive in memory of her son. Cheryl joined as a Trustee in January 2018 and is excited to be involved in the development of the charity going forward.
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.
Dr Gillian Smith MBE DUniv
Dr Gillian Smith is the newest Patron to the charity and she joined the team in January 2016. Gillian was the Director of The Royal College of Midwives Scotland and having been a midwife herself, seen the work SiMBA does and the comfort it brings to parents so we are delighted she has agreed to be a Patron 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 and Nicloa said “I am honoured as Patron to help develop the organisation over the coming years”.