Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness. Each person involved brings their individual skills and creativity to the work we do.
People we support
These are the people we’re here for. We want everyone to have access to the support they need and a safe place to sleep. We tailor the support we can offer to what people need and we know that those who have experienced tough times are often the best placed to support others. We work to encourage and support people to become peer volunteers and get involved in the work of the Simon Community in ways that suit their skills and passions.
Our team and volunteers
We have a team of around 300 dedicated staff and volunteers who make our work possible. Many of these people have worked with us for many years – driven at the heart by a passion to make things easier for those who are struggling to find a safe place to live.
Our leadership team
Our Senior Leadership Team drive our strategy and operations:
- Lorraine McGrath, Chief Executive
- Hugh Hill, Director of Services & Development
- James Lloyd Director of Finance and Corporate Support
- Lesley Henderson, Strategic Lead East
- Frank Reilly, Strategic Lead West
- Anne-Marie Livingston, Corporate Services Manager
As a charity, we need and value the strategic support and input of our board of trustees.
Mary E Craig OBE
Mary E Craig OBE is our Chair. After 20 years in the voluntary sector, in 2016 Mary retired as Strategic Advisor for Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland having held the post of its Chief Executive since 2009. Previously she was a Senior Manager for Lloyds TSB Scotland and a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland who awarded her a Fellowship in 1997. Mary is a past Convenor of Evaluation Support Scotland and a past Convenor of the Scotland Funders Forum. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the Voluntary Sector.
Nancy Burns Nancy has a strong track record in public sector management and in Department for Work and Pensions policy and strategy. Nancy has led employability programme developments and implementation, as well as managed multi-disciplinary teams, vocational training programmes and economic development initiatives. Nancy is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute with an Executive Diploma in Management and an MA in Social Administration.
Linda De Caestecker
Linda De Caestecker has been a public health doctor for over 25 years initially trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She is Director of Public Health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Health and held previous posts at the Scottish Government and recently as Director of Projects with the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Her special interests are in prevention of homelessness, promotion of healthy lifestyles and meeting the needs of mothers and children. She is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow.
Dan Donald is a retired Director of Cruden Estates, part of the Cruden Group – one of the largest independently owned Scottish-based construction companies. Cruden Estates is one of the group’s development companies. Dan was previously a Director of an RSL. He has been Chair of Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency (GSERA) and is was a Board Member of Jobs and Business Glasgow. Dan has an MSc degree, is a member of the Chartered institute of Housing and has been involved in major regeneration projects, most recently the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.
Andrea Glass is the Regional Skills Planning Lead for the South West of Scotland and Forth Valley at Skills Development Scotland, the national Skills Agency supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. Prior to her appointment to SDS in October 2015 she was the Depute Director of the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) at Glasgow University, a multi-disciplinary centre for applied, economic and social research. Much of Andrea’s work fed directly into informing the policy development and implementation processes for making more effective links between jobless individuals and employment opportunities. She was also a Director of Govanhill Community Development Trust (a subsidiary of Govanhill Housing Association) that works to facilitate economic development in a disadvantaged area of Glasgow from 2002 to 2015.
Karyn McCluskey worked in the police for the last 22 years in Sussex, Lancashire, West Mercia, Strathclyde and Police Scotland. She has just recently taken up the post of Chief Executive for Community Justice Scotland. She was Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit for the last decade, which proposed a different way of addressing violence in Scotland. They developed injury surveillance, gang intervention and gang exit, and focused on preventing knife carrying and injury. She helps support Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, set up in conjunction with the Violence Reduction Unit. Karyn trained as a registered nurse, has a B.Sc and M.Sc in Psychology and is a fellow by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health. She received an Honorary Doctorate from University of Glasgow for work on prevention of violence and an Honorary Masters from the Open University. She is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in a variety of areas within the NHS, East Africa and HM Prisons. She has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction.
Michael Murray Wood
Michael Murray Wood Throughout Michael’s career with Simpson and Marwick he has been engaged in civil litigation in the personal injury field focusing on accident and industrial disease on behalf of the insurance industry, together with representation of medical and dental professionals in the civil and criminal courts. His experience extends to attending many fatal accident and other inquiries including the Lockerbie Air Accident Inquiry, the Dunblane Inquiry and more recently the C-Diff Inquiry. From 2006 to date he also sits as a part time Sheriff. He has a keen interest in golf and is a member of the Renaissance and Luffness New Golf Club. In addition to being a Trustee Board Member for Simon Community Scotland he is a member of the Merchant Company of Edinburgh and a Director of Murrayfield Curling Ltd.
Nina Lomas is a registered Social Worker with over 35 years of experience. She qualified in England, working generically, before specialising in Psychiatric Social Work. She moved to Scotland and continued to work generically. She advanced to become a Senior Social Worker in the State Hospital at Carstairs Junction. Nina then became a specialist manager in mental health within a local authority. She remained with the local authority, progressing to the position of Fieldwork Group Manager. She was responsible for 90 staff and the operational management and provision of service to Adults until her retirement in 2014.
Patrick Brown is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). He has significant experience in the public, private and charity sectors. He is currently the Head of Strategic Financial Planning Analysis and Management Accounting at a large public sector organisation. Patrick brings his experience of also sitting on the finance and audit committees of other charitable organisations and during his time in public practice had a strong background in charity audits and accounting in line with the Charities SORP. Patrick was listed as one of ICAS’s top CA’s under 35 in 2015, 2016, 2017 and one of the top 100 young CA’s in 2019.
David Walker Across his career, David has served in senior positions in health and social care as well as corporate policy working extensively in both local government and the NHS. His experience spans research, operational and strategic management encompassing community care, care of adults and older people, and primary care.
Latterly David was an Assistant Chief Officer with Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership. David retired in 2018.
Tom Bennett is interested in scaling-up housing-led approaches to ending homelessness such as Housing First and rapid rehousing. Currently leading large development schemes in Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and London.
Tom has experience of property investment, finance and housing development. Tom previously ran the housing investment programme at
Big Society Capital, which provides seed capital for investment into charities and social enterprises in the UK.
Dwayne Pascal is a technical leader with over 25 years in the industry. Starting from software development in the telecoms industry, he’s held leadership roles across a number of sectors including large, multi-national organisations like Vodafone and Amazon, public sector and small private companies where he’s operated in executive positions.
He is currently CTO at Criton, a hospitality start-up in Edinburgh. Alongside these roles, he is also a regular member of the fundraising board for ByteNight Scotland and is co-organiser of the Digital-For-Good MeetUp which aims to connect the technical community with projects in the 3rd sector.