Sara Fitzsimmons MBE

Executive Charity Director
Sara Fitzsimmons is the Executive Charity Director and co-founder of the SiMBA charity.

Tracey O’Connor

Trustee & Chair
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 O’Connor

Trustee
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 Nye

Trustee
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".

Cheryl Brogan

Trustee
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 Errington

Trustee
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 McInnes

Trustee
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 the difference to people’s lives; offering support when it is most needed.

Heather Lawrence

Trustee
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.

Dr Gillian Smith MBE DUniv

SiMBA Patron
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.

Grant Stott

Our original Patron
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.
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