• Midlothian Sure Start is committed to supporting families to have a voice in our strategic direction.  As such, 50% of places on our Board are held for families who have used, or are using, our services – one from each Family Learning Centre.  

    The Board meets quarterly to guide the work that we do.  They are responsible for the overall governance of the Organisation – they set the strategic priorities and ensure that our services work towards these.  They monitor the performance of the Organisation, ensuring that we provide high quality services that meet the requirements of our funders and registering bodies. 

    People on our Board are called Directors and they all volunteer their time to support Midlothian Sure Start to Build Best Beginnings.  Many also participate in subgroups of the Board, participate in Recruitment of new staff, attend Training Days and other Events and attend our AGM.

    Midlothian Sure Start and our Board of Directors function within the legal requirements set out by the Office of the Scottish Regulator (OSCR). 

  • Meet Our Board

    With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Our board consists of

    • Lorna Gebbie
      Director

      Lorna Gebbie

      Director
    • Mark Bradley
      Director

      Mark Bradley

      Director
      Mark Bradley is currently the Dad’s Representative on the Midlothian Sure Start Board.  He has been a service user with MSS for approx 4 years along with his grandson,  he is a proud parent to 3 grown up children as well as also having 3 grandchildren with himself and his wife having the primary care of their oldest grandchild for the last 8 years in the role of Kinship Carers.
      Proud to having been the recipient of the Grandparent of the year award by Parent Network Scotland in 2017 for the support he helps provide through the Dynamic Dad’s service as well as being enthusiastic fundraiser for both MSS and the kinship group he is involved with.  Whilst he also continues to raise awareness of the services MSS provide & of Kinship care.
    • Paula Roots MBE
      Director

      Paula Roots MBE

      Director
      Paula Roots is a retired social work manager who worked in West Lothian for nearly 40 years. She worked in child care and child protection and later specialised in early intervention, early years, and adoption.
      She has a Sociology & Social Administration degree with post graduate certificates in Social Work and Child Protection studies. She completed a Masters by Research in 2007 by studying mental health work in schools. Paula managed West Lothian’s Sure Start team for 7 years and her benchmarking partner (and inspiration) was Midlothian Sure Start.
      She now volunteers with her local church, and at the CrossReach Polmont Prison Visitor hub.
      ‘Just the old lady making cups of tea!’
    • Shona Watson
      Director

      Shona Watson

      Director
    • Susan Duthie
      Chair Person

      Susan Duthie

      Chair Person
    • Anne Rooney
      Vice Chair Person

      Anne Rooney

      Vice Chair Person
    • Stuart Skillbeck
      Director

      Stuart Skillbeck

      Director
    • Jake Morris
      Director

      Jake Morris

      Director
    • Lee Ryan
      Director

      Lee Ryan

      Director
    • Erin Johnston
      Director

      Erin Johnston

      Director

      Erin Johnston is a board member for Penicuik Family Learning Centre.
      Erin has been attending the centre for four years with her little boy and loves all the staff who helped lift her confidence and also with depression after having her little boy.

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