Board of Trustees
Neil Stevenson – Chair of Board of Trustees
Neil is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. His previous background combines significant experience of regulation and complaints, and of the Scottish legal services market. Neil currently sits on the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority, involved in both the governance of the organisation and in adjudication on complaints within the £20 billion UK advertising industry; he is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee.
In 2009 he was appointed by the Privy Council to sit on the General Dental Council, the regulatory and complaints body for 104,000 dental professionals in the UK and he served two terms on the Board (demitting in September 2017) as well as chairing the Remuneration Committee. Between 2004 and 2015 Neil worked with the Law Society of Scotland, latterly as their Director of Representation and Professional Support. He was a founding Director of the Scottish Arbitration Centre. He has previously held a number of other Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in organisations spanning the legal sector, healthcare, consultancy, and oil and gas. He holds a Law degree from Edinburgh University, and a Masters in Quality Management from Birmingham University.
Dr Helen Wright – President and Executive Trustee
Dr Helen Wright is a former founding trustee of the CtC board. She has a portfolio of Non-Executive board and advisory roles spanning the UK, the Netherlands, Asia and Australia. In addition to chairing the British School of Amsterdam, Light Up Learning (SCIO) and ESU Scotland/Young Speakers Scotland, her non- executive roles include the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries where she is an independent board member. She has recently added another appointment to her portfolio, as non-executive director on one of the Boards for The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Helen’s background is in national and international education. She currently recruits, coaches, advises and speaks in the field of international educational school leadership, social mobility and equality, and is a non-executive and advisory board member on a number of boards across a wide variety of fields, including finance, educational-technology start-ups, and charities
Carl Duncan – Trustee
Carl Duncan became a member of the Board of Trustees for CtC in August 2021. He is also the current Chairman of the Metropolitan Police IDAG ( Independent Advisory Group) looking at the diversity and equality in the police service and identifying talent management processes. Carl’s main focus when joining CtC was to look at processes / actions to promote diversity and inclusivity across the board. Carl has formed and managed staff network groups which cover all strands and enable the hard to reach or not so vocal strands to have a voice / forum. He has worked on various projects which include Dignity at work issues and MDCP ( Managing Diversity and Competence) He is pleased to have been given the opportunity to be a trustee for CIC, and looks forward to developing the theoretical and beneficial reasons to be a member / trustee of a group.
David Williams – Trustee
David Williams has many years of leadership experience; mostly in arts charities, but also in the public and private sectors, including Scottish Ballet, Ambassador Theatre Group and City of Edinburgh Council. He is also a trustee of Boots & Beards and The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland where he is chairing a “Future Organisation” working group, a member of the Constitution Review and Staff Governance committee.
David has a BA in English and Drama from the University of Hull. He is a co-director of Creative Help where he provides facilitation/coaching/mentoring and consultancy, with a focus on areas such as governance and planning. Past projects have included developing and implementing recovery/improvement plans; managing and supporting relationships among board and executive members; analysing complex organisation data to avert a crisis.
Heather Clark – Trustee
Heather Clark has over 11 years of experience in financial services. She is enormously passionate about inclusion and diversity and as well as being a member of the CtC Board of Trustees, she is also involved in a variety of projects and initiatives. She is a mentor within the Black & Ethnic Minority Small Business Programme through HSBC. She sits on the Scotland and Northern Ireland PRIDE Committee, again within HSBC as well as helping in a variety of other capacities with small charities and organisations with volunteering and fundraising. Heather is also currently on the Board of Trustees with Braid Health and Wellbeing a position to which CtC helped her achieve. Heather is honored to now be a trustee with CtC and can’t wait to help to grow the network even further and achieve some fantastic things. Out with all of the above she is also a mother to a teenager and a toddler so there really never is a dull moment.
Cate Nelson-Shaw – Trustee
Cate, in addition to being a Changing the Chemistry trustee, is a Board member at Dance Base and Chair of its Development Committee. She was selected to participate in the Scottish Government’s Board Chair Mentoring Scheme 2020, the purpose of which is to develop the existing talent of Board members to become future Chairs of Public Sector organisations. She was previously a Board Member at Creative Scotland (2016-20), Marketing Society Scotland (2020-21) and the Scotland Malawi Partnership (2009-15).
Louise Power – Trustee
Louise is an entrepreneur, director, and founder of two organisations. One of her organisations gives business support to start-up and growth companies within the tech industry. The other organisation is a social enterprise bridging the gap for people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds through media and diversity inclusion consultancy. Louise also has leadership experience in both the public and private sector spanning various industries including local government, logistics, and professional services.
Yazmin Raven – Trustee
Yazmin is an experienced inclusion manager, currently specialising in additional support needs in education and ensuring equality of support across schools in a large geographically dispersed area. She previously worked for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), developing and managing a portfolio of 200+ qualifications. There she founded and successfully led the SQA Women’s Network, and stood as the elected Chairperson. She was awarded the title of SQA Woman of the Year in 2020.
She worked for the University of Glasgow, developing international ERASMUS degrees, and The Mungo Foundation/Fair Deal, supporting adults with complex disabilities while completing her honours degree in social sciences, which focused on the sociological constructions of inequalities
Karthik Subramanya – Trustee
Karthik Subramanya is currently Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group, where he advises senior executives within Utilities across Europe and the Middle East on strategic issues. Till 2015, Karthik was Director of Strategy and Performance at SSE, and prior to that held senior management positions in Strategy, Corporate banking and Private equity in the Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. He started his career as a management consultant with KPMG and Mitchell Madison Group.
Karthik is a Board Member of Creative Scotland, the main funding agency for arts, film and creative industries in Scotland, and of Scottish Enterprise. He has played a leading role in the Indian arts in Scotland having produced and presented a number of festivals and concerts. He is also a panel member for the Competition and Markets Authority, a GlobalScot and acts as a business ambassador for Scottish Enterprise.
Bogusia Webb – Trustee
Bogusia is an experienced Director, specialising in helping Boards define and successfully deliver commercial technology strategies. She has an extensive record of delivery in both private and public sectors, and has operated across a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, logistics, construction, insurance and professional services. She also provides business advice for European technology organisations expanding internationally.
Multilingual (English, Polish, French and basic Italian), Bogusia has lived and worked in several European countries and Canada, and she is appreciative of different business environments and cultures, and their role in driving societies’ economic activities.