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.

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.
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 Fife with his partner and two young daughters.

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.

Stuart McLeanTrustee
With a varied background in HR, Executive Search, advertising, public and third sector roles, Stuart has a keen interest in working with individuals who require assistance to overcome barriers. He is a strong advocate of a collaborative approach to solving challenges that affect us all.

Working in HMP Edinburgh for 5 years until 2019, where he successfully matched employers with prisoners after release and currently Social Enterprise Employability Manager with Cyrenians, where his team have provided pre-employment training for employers in St James Quarter, he was also involved as a panel member and chair with Children’s Hearings Scotland for 5 years until 2020.

Stuart is also a Trustee with Access to Industry, an Edinburgh charity supporting individuals into education or employment. Alongside other projects they are actively involved in guiding prisoners towards employment at HMP Edinburgh and HM YOI Polmont.

Clare HallidayTrustee
Clare had a 25-year career in social housing in property, project and contract management, customer service and complaints handling, and social enterprise roles.

In 2019, she established her own business and cultivated a reputation as a top short let management and cleaning company, with properties of historical importance. She spearheaded diversification through the pandemic, and even purchased and refurbished a neglected narrowboat, now a successful holiday retreat at The Kelpies.

Certainly, a jack of all trades, Clare has a passion for social enterprise and has spent many years supporting third sector organisations.

Sharon HamiltonTrustee
Sharon has 34 years experience working in the water industry and has extensive operational, customer service, communication and leadership experience. Sharon is passionate about people and has a strong reputation for developing and delivering strategies that transform service, performance and support wellbeing.
Ann TobinTrustee
Ann is an experienced HR practitioner who has worked for over 30 years within private and public sectors.

Starting out in catering management Ann moved into training delivery and HR for a leading support services group before joining the Scottish Ambulance Service where she worked for 16 years in different roles covering workforce planning, recruitment, HR and equalities and inclusion. In this fast moving environment Ann provided HR advice and support for managers, reported on organisational activity with regard to equality and inclusion, developed policies, worked with staff to establish staff networks and enhance practice for the workforce and stakeholders with whom the Service engaged.

Quality service delivery and lasting relationships have been at the heart of Ann’s working life including those with customers, patients, staff and stakeholders in the community.

Originally from Yorkshire Ann has lived in Scotland for over 30 years and lives with her partner in South Edinburgh.

Justina OdomTrustee
Justina is local to Broomhouse and is passionate about building a healthy, thriving community.
Justina loves to support others to build their self-belief and confidence, so that they can live fulfilling live.
Her interests include sewing, singing, walking and dancing.
Janet TennantTrustee
Janet is a solicitor with extensive experience in commercial litigation and environmental law and regulation. After leaving the Scottish Protection Agency as Head of Legal and Clerk to the Board, Janet ran a legal consultancy advising Scottish law firms on environmental issues in corporate transactions.

More recently, Janet has worked with charities on mental health issues, undertaking befriending, mentoring, working on campaigning, and assisting in training. Janet also volunteers with local environmental charities, such as cemetery, park, and Water of Leith preservation.

Janet first became involved with Space & the Broomhouse Hub as a participant in its cookery courses, and now volunteers in its kitchen.

Karen HardyTrustee
Karen is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. Her early career was spent in the hospitality and oil services industries. For the last 20 years she has worked independently providing accountancy and finance services for a wide range of organisations including acting as Finance Manager at Space for two and a half years. Now retired, she remains enthusiastic about supporting the work of Space.