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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.

Tanya Castell MBE – Founder and CEO of Changing the Chemistry

In addition to her work for CtC, Tanya has a non-executive portfolio of her own applying her broad international financial services background and strong risk, regulatory and corporate governance expertise.  Tanya’s non-executive board roles include the UK bank Handelsbanken plc and Border to Coast Pension Partnership (set up to manage the assets of 11 local authority pension funds).  She is also a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions Committee.  Previous board roles include Scottish Canals, Fettes College, Standard Life Savings and the board of Faster Payments Scheme before its consolidation into Pay.UK.

Roger Duerden – Trustee

Roger has over 25 years’ experience working in technology and manufacturing, with roles in design engineering, project management, operations, manufacturing, business development and marketing.

He is the founding director of Oran Consulting Ltd, and in addition to his trusteeship at CtC, is vice chair of the board of Biggar Corn Exchange and a member of the funding panel of the Infinis Glenkerie Community Fund.

Maria Hamilton – Trustee

Maria is an Executive Search Consultant for Carlyle, an advisory search firm that undertakes executive and non-executive mandates across the UK.  Prior to taking up this role, she ran her own consultancy helping technology companies to create value and growth via the development of strategic partnerships. 

She has over 25 years’ experience working across large organisations and high growth start-ups within the technology industry, in different sectors in diverse management roles. Her strengths are around building business relationships and partnerships between individuals and organisations to create value.  She has a specific interest in how society can leverage neurodiverse talent in the workplace and improving diversity on Boards to create more effective cultures. 

Wendy Lamin – Trustee

Wendy started her career as a litigation lawyer at international law firms in Brussels, before moving into broking and risk management, specialising in complex executive insurance protection programmes for global multinationals. After moving to Scotland, she took on global pioneering roles in corporate communications and colleague engagement strategy in financial and professional services companies which allowed her to specialise in digital workplace transformation projects, impacting 60,000 employees in over 100 countries.

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 organisationsOne 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 Webb photoBogusia 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.