The following people bring a range of experience and expertise to Kindred’s Board of Trustees:

Huma Barrie – Huma has two children, the younger of whom has additional support needs. Her original career was in the retail garment industry, and she has worked as a freelance photographer and runs her own photography business.

Grace Canham – Grace currently works as a freelance fundraiser and her previous fundraising work for organisations supporting adults with disabilities – Garvald Edinburgh, Columcille and Music in Hospitals & Care – brought her into contact with Kindred and inspired her to join the Board. Grace also enjoys volunteering in an Oxfam bookshop and restoring sewing machines for Global Concerns Trust.

Lesley Duncan – Lesley has worked in the Scottish financial services industry since 1993 and brings a range of different skillsets to the Kindred Board.  As the most recent member to join the Board, she is looking forward to being part of the future growth of Kindred.

Tracey Francis – Tracey is a Policy and Development Worker for the Scottish Transitions Forum, with a special interest in the impact on parents and carers of the transition to adult life. She is the parent of an autistic young adult and has researched the experiences of parents and carers across Scotland and in several European countries, publishing the report Life on the Edge of the Cliff in 2016. She set up the transition website for Scottish parents,, for the charity Contact.

Colin Herbert – Colin has three children, and his youngest daughter has been supported by Kindred over the past two years. Colin was Head of HR within the health service latterly in NHS Borders. He is a Foster and Children's Hearing Panel member and is currently an employment specialist within the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Stewart Kirkpatrick – Stewart learned about the wonderful work done by Kindred through the incredible support they gave to his nephew. He is a leading campaigner, with particular expertise in mass communication and people-led actions. He is the Head of Impact at the independent media organisation openDemocracy.  He will be focusing on campaigning as in his previous appointments as Head of Scotland with the digital campaign organisation 38 Degrees and Head of Digital at Yes Scotland.

Hilary Pippiette - Hilary is a Private Client solicitor with 25 years of experience in supporting families through end of life planning and bereavement. She is also a bereavement support volunteer with Marie Curie, and a qualified end of life Doula, and has worked as a carer providing support at home and in a care home setting. As a Day Care Officer with the Day Care Team at the Eric Liddell centre, Hilary offered outreach support to people in the community living with dementia, and their families. She has 4 adult children

Kerry Thomson – Kerry has three children, the eldest of whom has additional support needs. Beginning her career as an arts journalist in London; her volunteering experiences enabled her to forge a career in the third sector where she has worked now for over a decade. She brings a wealth of fundraising experience to the Board together with a very personal experience of the challenges faced when parenting a child with additional support needs.