Our Senior Management

Neil HayCEO
Neil became CEO of Space in 2021, joining from Cyrenians where he had significant experience of building community as Head of Enterprise. Neil’s new role at Space is all about creating opportunities that will make a positive difference for the lives of people in our communities. He intends to use his passion and experience to drive the organisation, both leading and learning from the team using food at centre of Space’s vision for social cohesion.
In his spare time Neil loves everything sport. For the last six years he has been an enthusiastic volunteer and cheerleader for the Homeless World Cup, travelling to host countries worldwide to lend a hand. However, now well past his playing prime, he has been relegated to the side lines to watch his children play, or to do a spot of goalie coaching when his knees hold up.
Hazel BellHR & Operations Manager
Hazel joined Space in March 2020, having previously spent three years working in counselling and wellbeing services. Before that she had more than 20 years’ experience managing hospitality venues. Hazel is the lead on the support services for the organisation. She works alongside all of our projects and the Board of Trustees to create a healthy and nurturing workplace for the staff team and volunteers.
Hazel is local to the area with family roots in Broomhouse. When she is not in work her passions include travel and food. Like many of us she has recently discovered her green fingers having learned to grow her own veggies during lockdown.
Helene Van Der PloegBusiness Manager
Helene initially joined Space as the Project Manager for the successful construction of the new Broomhouse Hub. She is now our Business Manager and has many tasks, including developing our social enterprises, collaborating with outside organisations and funders and generating vital income so that Space can be sustainable into the future.
Helene has had a long and successful career in catering and hospitality; from running her own ventures through to specialising in start-ups and contract mobilisations for commercial and social enterprises. More recently, her completion of a Masters in Gastronomy has allowed her to focus her studies on sustainable food procurement in local authorities.
Lyndsey FischerLearning & Wellbeing Manager
Lyndsey is passionate about helping people not only develop life and work skills, but also confidence and self-belief in order to reach their full potential. She strongly believes in the power of community, connection and purpose to foster wellbeing and personal growth.
Lyndsey has worked in the charity sector for 15 years across a number of paid and voluntary roles including marketing, youth work, adult learning & development, employability and mental health. She is a trauma-informed professional and holds a range of qualifications including a COSCA counselling qualification, a history degree and two professional marketing diplomas.
Lyndsey is busy outside work as well with two little ones to manage. In her downtime she loves yoga, running and spending time in nature.
Nancy BrysonAdult Community Services Manager
Nancy has been part of the Space team at the Broomhouse Centre since 2016. Previously a long-time hospital pharmacy technician, she decided to change career and went to university to complete a BA in Event Management.
Soon after graduation, she worked for Edinburgh University before joining Viewpoint Housing, where she first became passionate about supporting elderly people to enjoy their life to the fullest. This led to her continuing her studies and completing an Improving Dementia Care OPD course at Stirling University,
Nancy is a local resident, having lived in Gorgie and Dalry for over 45 years.
Andrew AinsworthVintage Vibes Operations Manager
Andrew has worked in the third sector for 15 years and has done a number of paid and voluntary roles including community support, social research and fundraising. He is passionate about tackling isolation and loneliness, and is dedicated to helping people make connections and ensuring that they feel valued and heard.

Andrew has a degree in Criminology and Psychological Studies from the Open University, and outside of work he is a keen trail runner and an ‘enthusiastic’ footballer.

Amanda FarquharYouth & Families Services Manager
Amanda’s current expertise is in children, young people and families, although she has a diverse career background including 18 years’ working in the community and voluntary sector. Her experience with vulnerable groups ranges from social care to CLD (Community Learning and Development) settings. Amanda has also spent time in roles supporting adults with complex needs and disabilities, as well as with carers and older people, working across private, public and voluntary sector organisations.
Amanda wants to help others to engage in learning and take action to bring about change for themselves and their communities. In leading by example, Amanda returned to university as a mature student and achieved her BA in Community Education in 2016.
Amanda is local to the area, having been born in Wester Hailes and has resided in South West Edinburgh all her life.