The members of the Board of Trustees contribute their time and expertise to look after the governance of the charity.
Anthony joined the board in 2012 having been an unobtrusive supporter for many years. His background is as a surveyor advising the Scottish Government, which has enabled him to work with many organisations in transition - a bit like EMMS at the moment. Other roles have included 15 years on the board of the Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, including help in joining the large Places for People Group.
Since 2005 Anthony has been a volunteer with Compassion helping the child sponsorship agency establish itself in Scotland. His church is Charlotte Baptist Chapel. Working with EMMS appeals because it offers a practical Christian witness to people with great health needs and it has proven to be a satisfying and enjoyable experience.
Crispin joined the Board in 2012. Having spent a lengthy career in financial services, Crispin brings finance and investment experience to the Board. He currently works as a fundraiser for CrossReach, and before that at Christian Aid, and is delighted to see the innovative ways in which EMMS International engages with its supporters. Crispin also serves as a Trustee on the Board of another charity which provides services for all those affected by spinal cord injury in the UK, and as Finance Convenor at his local Church of Scotland church.
When not involved with charity work and interests, Crispin enjoys visiting art galleries and collecting Scottish art, choral singing and scuba diving.
Angus McLeod (Acting Chair and Chair of the Finance, Investment & Audit Committee)
Angus joined the board in January 2012 and is Chair of the Finance & Investments Committee. He has over 30 years' experience of being on the governing bodies of charities and churches. Now retired, Angus is a professionally qualified banker with broad experience across multiple disciplines including finance, accounting, information technology, business process re-engineering, and project management and has acted as Treasurer of a variety of charities over the years.
Angus is Chair of Ministry Deacons in his local Baptist church and also co-leads a home group. His passion to serve as a Trustee is an expression of his Christian Faith and provides an opportunity to use the variety of gifts that he has developed over many years. The enthusiasm of the staff team and the opportunity to learn more about health services, particularly within the context of the countries in which EMMS operates are key factors in his continuing involvement as a Trustee.
Elaine is a qualified solicitor and worked in New Zealand as a barrister and solicitor for a number of years. After leaving Auckland in 1993, she returned to Scotland to take on a new challenge at Balfour+Manson. She became a partner of the firm in 1997, a solicitor advocate in 1999 and in 2014 Elaine became the first female Chairman.
Elaine has very significant experience across the Litigation field –including many cutting edge and ground breaking cases in the human rights arena in particular. Her experience means she has been ranked in 4 different service areas in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession including Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Clinical (Medical) Negligence, Professional Negligence and Commercial Litigation.
Dr Roger Donbavand
Roger has a business background in branding, marketing, strategy development and change management consulting and joined EMMS International's board in 2017. He started his career in the City and then moved into consulting for service based industries, both in the UK and overseas. The last five years saw him working in Sydney where he transitioned into the charity and voluntary sector, working for Mission Australia and Opportunity International. He was on the board of Leprosy Mission Australia. In 2016 Roger and his wife did volunteering for 3 months in Sri Lanka. He is also a Chair of Step Together, a UK charity which transforms vulnerable lives through volunteering His interests include fly fishing, classical music, opera and cricket. He is married to Janet and they have two sons working in London. He attends St Margaret of Scotland RC Church.