“I’ve always admired the quality of the work that LGBT Youth Scotland does for young Scottish LGBTI people.  I want to help the charity continue to deliver excellent support services for LGBTI young people in Scotland whilst rising to the challenges that come from the current economic environment”

Robert Cole, Convener

Robert is currently Director of Forth Perspectives and was previously a member of BT Scotland’s management board and headed up BT’s Flexible Resource Business Change Practice. His background is in change management, customer service and sales. Robert’s charity experience includes time on the Board of the Scottish Mediation Network, most recently as Vice Chair and Chair of the Practice Standards Committee for this alternative dispute resolution charity. He co-founded SWAN LGBT Networking, the Scottish business workplace network for LGBT people. Robert is 53, and he and his husband live in Edinburgh.

Katherine Burrows, Treasurer
Katherine is a retired management accountant with over 40 years' experience. Katherine is a Board member and Treasurer of LEAP Sports Scotland and Board member and Company Secretary for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre in Perth and Kinross.

Caron Duffus - Vice Convener
Caron has over 20 years' experience in HR management.

Hamish Leiper
Hamish is currently the Head of Proposition Innovation at Standard Life.

Ian Rivers
Ian is Professor and Head of the School of Education at The University of Strathclyde. Ian has many academic publications to his name and conducted the very first studies of homophobic bullying in the UK and continues to speak about the issue all over the world.


Melinda Dolan 

Melinda works for Dumfries and Galloway Council as a Policy and Performance Advisor. Melinda has a corporate responsibility for policy research, development and implementation for Education and Young People and equality and diversity across the Council and Community Planning Partnership. Melinda is interested in resolving the issues and concerns for LGBTQI people and is keen to ensure their voice is heard at local, national and international level.


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LGBT Youth Scotland is a company limited by guarantee (244805), recognised by the Inland Revenue as having charitable status (SC024047). The charity is governed by its members who elect a National Board of Directors to oversee the running of the charity. The National Board has a duty to consider the views of the elected National Youth Council (NYC), which is represented on the National Board. The National Board operates many of its functions through sub-committees, principal of which is the Finance and HR Sub-Committee.