“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 a member of BT Scotland’s management board and heads up BT’s Flexible Resource Business Change Practice. His background is in change management, customer service and sales. Robert’s charity experience includes six years 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.

Maxwell Tcheunou, Vice-Convener

I currently live in Glasgow, but was was born and grew up in Boma in the DRC. I have a Baccalaureate and an HND in Retail Management and an HND in Information technology. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of West of Scotland studying for a BSc (Hons) in Business Technology. I joined LGBT Youth Scotland as an NYC champion and carried on to join the Board of Trustees and the Finance and HR Sub-Committee. 

Sue Livermore, Treasurer

I work in Performance Management for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and I have a varied background including management in retail, hospitality, education, administration and public sector diversity compliance. Treasurer is a really interesting and challenging role given our complex funding structure and the difficult economic times we are operating in. Its amazing to be fighting prejudice at a time when the tide is beginning to turn in our favour. The appalling attitudes that were all around me as I grew up will soon be a thing of the past.

Katherine Burrows

Caron Duffus

Melinda Dolan 

I work for Dumfries and Galloway Council as a Policy and Performance Advisor. I have 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. I am interested in resolving the issues and concerns for LGBTQI people and am keen to ensure their voice is heard at local, national and international level.

Alyn Smith (MEP)


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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.