Sara Fitzsimmons MBE

Chief Executive Officer, SiMBA
Sara Fitzsimmons is the CEO and co-founder of SiMBA.

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

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.

Cheryl Brogan

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

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

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

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 become 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 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.

Lisa Hague

SiMBA Ambassador
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 will help SiMBA promote awareness of baby loss and services available to parents and families and play an active part in fundraising.
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