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Our Board

Margaret Small - Acting Chair

Margaret was a Children's Reporter for over 32 years working in and around the Glasgow area. She is Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. Margaret was seconded to the Scottish Government as Getting it Right for Every Child Pathfinder (Domestic Abuse) whose was to improve the response to children exposed to domestic abuse, encouraging local partners to look at their culture, systems and practice and make the changes necessary. Margaret is a safeguarder in the children's hearing system and is currently involved in the  training Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates across Scotland. She is also trained as an independent assessor of safe child contact.

David Baxter

David is a chartered accountant who worked for the Bank of Scotland for 24 years in Business and Corporate Banking. David has a number of other voluntary roles with East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health and Fields in Trust. As Treasurer, David brings financial skills and business experience to the Board.

Lisa Clark

Lisa works for SCLD, where she coordinates the communication of research, evidence and practice of relevance to the learning disability sector in Scotland. She has a particular interest in issues of discrimination and violence faced by women with learning disabilities. For the past three years she has also volunteered at LGBT Youth Scotland, supporting young lesbian and transgender women at drop-in youth groups and peer education programmes in Glasgow and Renfrewshire. Lisa is passionate about politics - studying the subject at university, working for MP's, and more recently, campaigning as a member of the Scottish Green Party.

Judith Fisher

Judith was elected as a Councillor for Drumchapel/Anniesland on Glasgow City Council in 2012.  She is currently the Vice-Chair of the City of Glasgow Licensing Board. Judith’s primary policy interests are in the area of Children and Families, particularly in closing the attainment gap.  Prior to being elected, Judith worked in Higher Education, in Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development for Education Professionals, and in Strategic Research and Planning for a brand development consultancy.

Jillian Gilchrist

Jillian first became interested in the violence against women agenda when she joined the violence against women team in the Scottish Government, where she dealt with many issues including funding, setting up the first domestic abuse court in Glasgow and supporting women with no recourse to public funds. Jillian is particularly interested in the impact of violence against women on wider society.  Jillian is passionate about  family and friends, and cats. In 2014 she was a kitten foster mum which left her wanting to open up her own cat sanctuary. In the meantime, Jillian plans to continue to raise awareness of all forms of violence against women and fight for equality. 

Kainde Manji

Kainde works for Close the Gap, a Scottish Government funded initiative that works to develop and enable activity to close the gender pay gap in Scotland. Prior to this, she spent two years as sabbatical women’s officer for NUS Scotland where she campaigned on a number of issues including securing an additional £2 million in childcare funding for student parents in Scotland. She has also worked for Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance and spent a gap year volunteering in South Africa with children and adult survivors of childhood abuse.

Natalie Masterson

Natalie brings her experiences of campaigning and tackling gender based violence from her role as Head of Membership Development at the National Union of Students' Scotland. In June 2015, Natalie left NUS to take up the role of Chief Executive at Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise. Natalie's interest in feminism was sparked when she studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Strathclyde and her background in youth work has given her a paticular interest in the effects of violence against women on young people.





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