Meet The Board
If you would like to become a Board Member, you can find out more here. When recruiting for our Board of Directors we have asked for skills to reflect the issues we work around and to match the practical issues we face.
Benjamin Napier – Chair Person
Benjamin is currently Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Edinburgh. Benjamin began his career as a Children and Families Social Worker and has worked in Northern Ireland, Shetland and Edinburgh, both as a Social Worker and Team Leader. Benjamin moved into the voluntary sector in 2007 and has worked for the NSPCC as a Childline Services Manager and latterly as the ChildLine School’s Service Manager for Scotland, where he developed and introduced a national child protection awareness-raising service for primary schools across Scotland.
Before taking up his current post, Benjamin was Head of Service Development for Capability Scotland. Benjamin brings a focused mind and a wealth of experience in child protection and management of children and young peoples’ services.
Ilona Roberts – Trustee
Ilonahas been working as an actuary in Edinburgh’s financial service industry since 2003 and currently runs her own actuarial consultancy. She joined the HOT board in June 2016. Ilona lives in Portobello with her husband and two children and enjoys running in her spare time.
Sally Coyne – Trustee
Sally works at the Scottish Parliament and has more than 20 years’ experience working in communications and engagement. Her passion lies in helping young people make the most of who they are, and that includes overcoming and removing obstacles that get in the way of this. Being near the sea helps keep her calm in a busy life and she lives locally with her husband and son. Sally is also training to be a scout leader and hopes to work more with young people to help them have their voices heard in 2019.
Wendy Rayner – Trustee
Wendy brings skills and experience of running an SME, working in the private sector and as a manager in the UK public health services. Wendy is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
Cathy Logan – Trustee
Cathy is a qualified chartered accountant who has spent most of her career delivering large business transformation programmes in both the manufacturing and financial services industries. Cathy also reads and scribes for dyslexic children at her local school. Cathy lives in Edinburgh with her husband and son.
Alanna Innes – Trustee
Alanna has worked in the Scottish tech industry for 7 years and is currently employed as a Product Owner at a digital agency in Edinburgh. She is passionate about digital transformation and utilising technology to improve people’s lives and experiences. Alanna lives in the West End of Edinburgh with her husband and enjoys walks with their mini dachshund in her spare time.
Craig Spalding – BoD
Craig currently works as the Director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. He has also worked in leadership roles in the national Blood Services of the Republic of Ireland and his native Australia, as well as in private industry predominantly in the health sector. Most of Craig’s career has centred around identifying and implementing change and improvement initiatives.
Reconnecting with his parents native Scotland, Craig has lived in Edinburgh with his wife and daughter sine 2019. He brings his knowledge and experience of leadership in both the private and public sectors, along with his desire to help address inequalities in Scotland to the HOT board, having joined in January 2020.
Dr Zhong Eric Chen – BoD
Eric is a non-clinical Researcher based in NHS Lothian. He supports the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) in the development of clinical guidance on contraception and SRH and is the Research Manager for the Scottish Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) Framework Research and Engagement Project, funded by the Scottish Government. Eric is an Honorary Fellow with the University of Edinburgh.
Prior to joining HOT as a Trustee, Eric has been a youth worker in Edinburgh since 2007, including working as a Sessional and Project Worker at HOT. Eric started his new journey as a Zumba® Instructor in January 2020 and hopes to encourage mental and emotional well-being through movement and exercise.