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Our People

The diverse expertise and experience of our Board and Leadership team gives us an innovative approach to tackling issues around homelessness and delivering our services in the best way possible.

Our Leadership Team

CEO & Founder

Helen Carlin

HEAD OF QUALITY

Ann Logan

TEAM LEADER, CARDS

Tracey Stewart

TEAM LEADER, THORNTREE MILL

Declan McKiernan

TEAM LEADER, THORNTREE

Emma Henderson

Our Board

Treasurer

Susan Groat

I am a Director and Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in the property, finance and FM sectors.
I joined Rowan Alba to use my skill set to ‘give back’ to a charity which is inclusive, collaborative and innovative and making a huge difference to people and communities.
Board Member

Bill Robertson

Being attracted to Rowan Alba wasn’t difficult. The mission, values and history struck a chord. I had been looking for a opportunity to give something back and this just seemed perfect.

My experiences in life, good and bad, have given a perspective that the best thing you can do is enable people to help themselves. Rowan Alba does that but within a structured support framework. I want to help Rowan Alba develop and widen its reach helping a much greater number of people.

I often come across quotes that make me stop and think. Of them all I prefer Simon Sinek’s – “Value is something people feel, not something we tell them they get.”

Board Member

Peter Freer

I have worked in the different areas of the social housing sector in Scotland for around 15 years.  This has involved working for RBS, The Scottish Housing Regulator and The Scottish Government.  I currently work for a finance company that focuses on supporting charities and social impact businesses in raising funding to support growth ambitions. 

I was keen to use this experience to support a charity that was making a difference in society and was an easy decision to do this with Rowan Alba. I won’t to be able to help the business ensure it carries on all its fantastic work and also look to grow the services we offer. 

Board Member

Dawn Dickson

I am a solicitor with 24 years’ experience representing clients in employment, human resources and litigation matters across a variety of sectors. Throughout this time I have continually had a strong focus on improving local communities by leading on volunteering and charitable initiatives at my firm.

I wanted to be involved with Rowan Alba as it benefits a cause I really believe in and helps those who may otherwise be misunderstood. Working with the organisation provides an opportunity to truly help those faced with homelessness. I’m looking forward to being able to use my skills to support the organisation in its important and excellent work.