Board members are drawn from all walks of life and together provide the professional and personal expertise needed to govern LinkLiving effectively and in compliance with regulatory standards.
Board of Management
Liz Jarvis (Chair) is Managing Director of One Search Direct, a national data company providing property information and conveyancing products. She has been Chair of LinkLiving since 2018. Liz’s particular interest is in social exclusion and developing the skills and positive outcomes for young people.
Caroline Cuthbertson (Vice Chair) has worked in corporate banking for over 30 years. She is currently Operations Director for Crosswind Developments. Caroline is a chartered banker, chartered accountant and holds an MBA. She is also a board member of the Link Group, and is treasurer of charity Planning Aid Scotland. Caroline brings a wide variety of experience but in particular financial, risk management and leadership expertise.
Amanda MacKinnon (Vice Chair) works for the Nat West Group in VAT compliance. Amanda has a particular interest in finance, and joined the board when she recognised the need to provide care for isolated and vulnerable people in the community after her father required support as a result of dementia.
Colin McFarlane is a Director and Head of Public Affairs at Pagoda, one of Scotland’s largest independent communications consultancies. Colin brings a wide variety of communications and public affairs experience having supported a number of clients over the years with interests in social exclusion, young people, inequalities and health and social care. Colin is also the Secretary of the Association for Scottish Public Affairs (ASPA) and a Non-Executive Director of Falkirk Football Club.
David Kemp is Homelessness and Financial Support Manager with Scottish Borders Council. He has worked in the housing sector, mostly in local government, for over 30 years and has extensive experience of housing management, housing support, and homelessness. David believes passionately in the right of everyone to live safely in a good quality home. He joined the board of LinkLiving in 2007 and is proud to be able to contribute to the work of an organisation that makes a significant positive difference to the lives of so many people.
Jacqueline Fonkwo is a medical doctor with four years of clinical experience in Cameroon. She is also the co-founder and the CEO of a youth-led organisation called Youth 2 Youth. She has been outstanding in advocating for improved adolescent healthcare while collaborating with other organisations in Cameroon, especially in the conflict-affected regions of the country. She is the national Youth Focal Point with Family Planning 2030, a top-notch leadership role that positions her as a key adolescent and youth family planning policy expert. She was a co-chair of the youth sub-committee at the international conference on family planning in 2021. Jacqueline is a commonwealth scholar and is currently studying for an MSc in Global Health at the Queen Margaret University of Edinburgh. She is looking forward to using her experience to support LinkLiving’s mission, especially the young people’s programme.
Kerry Heathcote is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, with experience across a range of educational and custodial settings. She is part of the Senior Management Team at Edinburgh College and Chair of The Prentice Centre Community Hub/West Granton Community Trust, where she now resides. Kerry remains motivated by initiatives aimed at improving individual aspirational outcomes for people of all ages, but those aged thirteen to nineteen have been a particular focus throughout her career.
Laura Graham is the Senior Evidence & Influencing Officer for the Life Changes Trust's Young People with Care Experience programme. She completed her social work degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and began her career working in residential care. Laura then went on to support young people who were volunteering overseas, before joining Who Cares? Scotland for a number of years where she coordinated the East Lothian and Highland Champions Boards. Laura's particular interest lies in promoting and protecting the rights of children and young people including supporting the participation and engagement of young people in the issues and decisions that affect them.
Lucy Corbett is a former LinkLiving service user and has a particular interest in the psychological and social care of those marginalised and stigmatised by society. She has been a support worker for a mental health service, volunteers for Streetwork at Simon Community Scotland, and is studying Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.
Shona Cargill has a background developing social and environmental sustainability, delivering affordable warmth and tackling climate change. She is Lead Officer (Sustainable Development) for Fife Council. Shona has an interest in collaborative leadership and is passionate about enabling involvement to create positive outcomes for individuals and communities and the organisations that serve them.
Shona has been with LinkLiving’s board since 2007 and is a former chair. Volunteering with LinkLiving, Shona has been encouraged and thrilled to be involved in supporting improvements in service delivery and learning from service users’ experiences of how LinkLiving can support them to work through negative impacts on their lives.
Tom Nimmo worked with LinkLiving in the Edinburgh Young Persons’ Service as a Support Worker and Senior Support Worker from 1995 until his retirement in 2018. He absolutely loved his job and met some amazing young people and colleagues in his time with LinkLiving. Being on the Board is his opportunity to give something back to an organisation that means so much to him. As a former front-line worker he brings unique perspective and experience to the Board.