Our Trustees

Helen ForsythChair
Helen has been working in the third, public and housing sector for 42 years and has recently retired as the Chief Executive of a housing association in Scotland where she worked for 13 years. She is Chair of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Vice Chair of the South of Scotland Enterprise agency. She is passionate about developing strong communities, good affordable homes and supporting tenants who live in those homes. She lives within walking distance of The Broomhouse Hub and is very committed to the activities it undertakes and the support it provides locally.

Norman TurnerTreasurer
Norman is a representative from the local community. He also works for Edinburgh Napier University within the Research, Innovation & Enterprise Office as Head of Research Funding & Services, supporting a range of Research & Innovation support activities. He joined the university in 2008, initially as a Management Accountant and then as Head of Project Finance overseeing the accounting for all commercial, research and EU activities. Prior to that he worked as a Management Accountant at Communities Scotland, involved in the Scottish Government community ownership programme. Most recently, Norman worked at the Bank of Scotland as a Senior Accountant in the Corporate Finance and Planning departmentm and later in the Bank’s joint ventures department as a Senior Analyst. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Robert PeacockTrustee
Robert is a software developer with a background in the arts. horseracing and charity sectors, most recently with the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. In his spare time, he is the Managing Editor of Scottish arts website The Wee Review, one of the leading reviewing organisations during the Edinburgh Festivals. He was also co-founder of community fundraising initiative Edinburgh Soup, and Director of Death on the Fringe, an annual festival about end-of-life issues. Yorkshire-born, he has lived, studied and worked in Edinburgh for 12 years and lives in Leith with his partner and two young daughters.

Fahmida HuczewskaTrustee
Fahmida is a representative from the local community. She works for both Edinburgh Lothian Regional and Equality Council (ELREC), as a Asian community link office, and also at MILAN, as a Bangladeshi support worker for people over 50. Fahmida is also a member of the local Community Council, from Broomhouse, Sighthill & Parkhead, with a particular focus on reaching any BAME community members.

Helen MacdonaldTrustee
Helen has 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and is CIPD qualified. Her experience has been gained in a wide variety of sectors including the Pharmaceutical Sector, the IT Sector and running her own HR Consultancy for 7 years. For the last three years Helen has been working in the Charitable Sector as Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development for a Scottish Housing Association based in Edinburgh.

Jennifer BaTrustee
Jennifer is Kenyan-Scot living in West Lothian. She graduated from The University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in Politics and Sociology and since graduating she has worked in the third sector, which she is extremely passionate about.
She has been employed by community development trusts, charities, as well as West Lothian’s Third Sector interface. Currently work at SCOREscotland (Strengthening Communities for Race Equality Scotland) as a Youth and Children’s Development Officer where she manages the youth provision, as well as a team of youth workers. SCOREscotland’s children and youth clubs support black and minority ethnic children and young people in South West Edinburgh.
Jennifer is also a mum of 2 lovely girls and a part-time African dance teacher.

Robert BishopTrustee
Robert is an IT professional with 20 years’ experience, specialising in transactional markets and utilities. Prior to embarking on his career in IT Robert grew up in retail with his grandparents and parents owning a grocers shop and Post Office in Edinburgh.
As a teenager, Robert attended Corstorphine Youth Club’s DJ training programme and graduated from DJ’ing at the Youth Club to School Discos and when old enough to enter venues as a DJ career followed that, including residencies in some of Edinburgh’s popular bars and clubs.
With a keen interest in fitness, Robert trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and is a member at his local Crossfit club. Robert has been a volunteer befriender with the Youth Befriending project for 4 years and is also a Career Ready Mentor.

Shona MacKenzieTrustee
Shona has 20 years’ experience working with NHS Finance & Procurement in Scotland, with a strong focus on customer service and quality improvement.
Shona has a keen interest in supporting people within the workplace to achieve their best performance 15 years’ experience in delivering training to individuals and groups, both on a one to one basis and in classroom environment.
She also volunteers with our Broomhouse Growers, community garden project.

Tom WatsonTrustee
Tom qualified as an Accountant, is a Chartered Secretary and also has an MBA from Strathclyde University Business School. After qualifying, Tom worked in the ship building an oil exploration industries, but spent most of his career as a management consultant working for PA Consulting Group where he specialised in strategy, improving business performance and finance. Tom retired from PA Consulting Group as a Senior Partner in 2004. Since his retirement, Tom has worked with Young Enterprise Scotland, the Prince’s Trust and Partners in Advocacy. Tom is an elder of the Church of Scotland and presently Chair of the Church of Scotland Trust. Tom is Chair of the Steering Group on the Capital Project, a sub-group reporting to the Board of Trustees.