The board is elected annually by our members at the AGM, normally held around November.
Damien McGarrigle - Chair
Damien is an experienced and rounded senior financial services professional. Having spent 20 years in FS, he now leads the FS and Fintech sector team at the University of Edinburgh. An accountant by profession, has worked across many disciplines including finance, change management, strategy, multi-channel distribution and P&L management, bringing a diverse range of experience and skills to Stepping Stones.
Siobhan Barrow is a Senior Business Leader with over 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector. Siobhan has experience and led executive teams in a variety of business fields including sales, marketing, strategic planning, performance analysis and customer experience roles.
Having worked with ‘Inspiring Scotland’ she was introduced to Stepping Stones for Families and was really engaged with the amazing work they do. Siobhan is proud to be working with such an impactful charity that champions positive and sustainable change for the families they work with.
Laura is currently managing a community development programme that seeks to empower children and families to take part in place planning. She has always worked with children and families in some way or another over the years.
During her time at University she worked in respite units for children with additional needs and volunteered as a befriender. After University, she worked for a befriending organisation where she set up and ran a befriending service for children with additional needs. Laura also has her own facilitiation consultancy.
Christopher Graham – Vice Chair
Christopher is CEO of The Marketing Department, a Glasgow-based marketing, design and events agency. TMD was responsible for the Stepping Stones for Families re-brand in 2016-2017, through inspiring Scotland’s Pro-Bono programme.
Chris brings his expertise in marketing and communications, working collaboratively with the organisation to help shape the vision and set the strategic direction of this award winning charity.
Yvonne Harkness has a track record of developing strategies that get results. Yvonne recently joined Glasgow University after being part of the successful project team which delivered ground-breaking £110m UWS Lanarkshire campus, in a record-breaking 2 years.
She is a Chartered Manager and a Chartered Governance Professional. A relentless glass half-full optimist who believes in the transformative power of education and community.
Christy Lightley currently works as a Business Development Manager for a digital agency and has a wealth of experience in marketing, strategy, research and analysis. Christy has volunteered with a number of charities in the UK and abroad. She is utilising her experience and skills from her work in the third sector from volunteering and also her day to day role.
Clare O’Neill - Treasurer
Clare is a CPFA qualified accountant with 25 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors - in Economic Development, Employment Access, and Community Development charities. Her early accountancy career was in local government financial management, budgeting and systems audit. She also holds an MA in Economics and Economic History, and an MPhil in Economic Development. She is currently the Head of Finance at the Scottish Community Development Centre.
Judith Paxton is a retired Human Resources Director, having worked at the former Reid Kerr College, in Paisley, for 13 years and before that at Falkirk College, in a similar role. She was also a Board member and chair of HR committee for St Vincent’s Hospice, for 5 years, and Board member of Howwood Parish Church for a similar period.
She is now secretary to the Glasgow and District National Osteoporosis Society group committee.
Noreen is an experienced Director who has worked at board level for the last 15 years. She has particular commercial expertise in public and private sector tendering and in the creation and management of business and HR systems. She has specialist knowledge in the management of international manufacturing sites and of strategic financial planning, annual budget setting and budget management in a multi-currency business.
She has a personal interest in the protection of vulnerable children and young people and the rehabilitation of vulnerable young people with addictions and personal issues. As such she has been deeply involved in addiction charities and is a serving member of the Children’s Panel. She is also a registered Foster Carer.