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 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
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 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 will help SiMBA promote awareness of baby loss and services available to parents and families and play an active part in fundraising.
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”.
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 their Highland Ambassador, and is passionate about supporting families in the most rural parts of the country.