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

Huma Barrie – Chair of the Board  – Huma has two children, the younger of whom has additional support needs. Her original career was in the retail garment industry, and she has since worked as a freelance photographer and run her own photography business for the last twelve years.

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.

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, www.talkingabouttomorrow.org.uk, for the charity Contact.

Colin Herbert – Colin has three children, 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 Childrens hearing panel member and is currently an employment specialist within the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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.

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 Head of Scotland with the digital campaign organisation 38 Degrees and was previously Head of Digital at Yes Scotland.