Our Board

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) has 10 Trustees who bring a range of experience and expertise.

Halena Gauntlett

Chair

As Chair of OPFS, I feel very privileged to work with our families, Satwat, the OPFS team, our Board and partners. Professionally I bring experience in equality, education and systems thinking, all the while, my personal experience as a lone-parent is one lived in technicolour! My children are teenagers now and I am in a position to give my commitment to support this unique organisation and its purpose, that I care very much for.

Keir Mitchelmore

Vice Chair

Keir is delighted to be appointed Vice Chair of OPFS and as a solicitor brings her transferable legal skills to the boardroom table. When a single parent herself many years ago, Keir would have loved to access the services OPFS offer today and looks forward to supporting them in their important work.

Jennifer Paice

Jen is proud to be a member of the One Parent Families Scotland Board. It was as a single parent that Jen first came across this great charity and wanted to give something back. Jen has recently joined Cornerstone Asset Management, a leading wealth management business, as Managing Director.

Marlene Wood

Treasurer

Marlene is a chartered accountant with considerable experience in the public, private and charity sectors. She currently has a portfolio of non-executive appointments most recently joining Home REIT plc, a company contributing to the alleviation of homelessness in the UK.

Ann McKenzie

Company Secretary

Ann has over 40 years of working with people in some form of support, learning or information role. Background and qualifications initially in Education and Community Learning moving into childcare in 1992. Ann began working for OPFS in 1998 to establish the OPFS model of Registered home based child care and progressed to the role of Deputy Director in 2008, with a widened role to include personnel management in 2014.

Kerry McKenzie

Kerry is Lead for Child Poverty in Public Health Scotland and has over 20 years’ experience leading and delivering health improvement programmes at both national and local levels in NHS and local authority across a wide range of public health policy areas in complex systems.

Stephen Finlayson

Stephen has worked in Scotland's third sector for 25 years and is an experienced senior third sector leader and coach and is Head of Innovation and Improvement for Penumbra, one of Scotland's leading mental health charities and was previously in strategic roles with Thistle Foundation. Stephen also runs a small private coaching practice.

Kevin Cadman

Retired Financial Services Executive - previously Charity Chief Executive and Regional Director at RBS plc.

Kevin is an experienced financial services executive who has held a number of key senior positions in both the Private and Third sectors. For 30 years of his career worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland Retail division, latterly until 2012 as Regional Director for Central Scotland and Head of Delivery for the Groups Complaint Handling programme. From 2013 until retirement in June 2018 held the role of Chief Executive for the Grameen Scotland Foundation, a charitable foundation set up in 2012 to introduce the worldwide renowned Grameen micro-credit model to the UK and European markets. Retired in 2018, now supports a number of charitable organisations as Trustee / Treasurer and Chair of the Board.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith has been campaigns manager at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations since returning from parental leave in April 2020. Before that she was editor of Third Force News for over a decade and has a background in journalism. Previous board appointments include five years as a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. Susan is a single parent by choice so understands the social, emotional and financial challenges of managing family life alone. She doesn't have much spare time but enjoys reading, films, theatre, and cycling and swimming when she gets the chance.

Addie Dinsmore

Addie is the Head of Communications and Fundraising for Scouts Scotland and has worked in the charity sector for over a decade. Having been brought up in a single parent family, Addie understands the unique challenges that single parents and their children face and is passionate about the essential work that OPFS does in Scotland.

Mark Ferguson

Public Policy Manager, Pinsent Masons