Board

Our board members actively contribute a breadth of relevant professional and personal backgrounds and experiences. The board meets monthly with the Director, and members have designated responsibilities as Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Board meetings are held with alternate focus on strategy and operational matters, with members of the staff team reporting and answering any questions on their area of responsibility. The board has a strong framework of policy development and review, risk management, and relationship development to support sustainability and funding.

Our board members form working groups with staff, volunteers and local people as needed – for example, during planning, strategy and sustainability reviews, learning and development events, project open days and fundraising initiatives with partners, local businesses and supporters.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our Board of Directors.

We are particularly keen to get local people who have knowledge of the needs of the communities we work with, and who are willing to give some time to help PCHP set its strategic direction and ensure strong management and values.

If you are interested, please email admin@pchp.org.uk

Current Board Members

Mary Comer

Co-Chair of the Board

“My professional background is in executive search. I joined the board of PCHP in December 2018 and became Co-Chair in February 2020. 

I was initially attracted to PCHP as a charity embedded in its local community, striving to make a practical difference to the health and happiness of the people it serves. As I have got to know the Project better, I have even greater admiration for the vital role it plays in the community and the positive impact it has on so many people’s lives.

Coming from a different sector, there has been a lot to learn about both the opportunities and challenges facing PCHP. As a board, we aim to bring fresh perspective and a range of skills and expertise to help PCHP develop and thrive, while raising its profile and expanding its network of supporters.”

Wendy Lister

Co-Chair of the Board

Balkishan Agrawal

Board Member

“I’ve worked in the Pilton area as a GP for around 3 decades and had the opportunity to deal with various health and socioeconomic problems in the area. I used to regularly refer patients to the project for help and counselling which they found very useful. I have seen the project evolving from its infancy to its present state. After retiring from full time practice I wanted to give something back.

With PCHP I’m aiming to push for Health and Wellbeing, particularly preventing disease like Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease by lifestyle modification. My special interests are all about healthy living by promoting healthy eating and acquiring more knowledge about food and nutrition and encouraging physical activity.”

Pauline Caswell

Board Member

“I want to work with PCHP because I think it is a wonderful organisation, which does great work. It makes a valuable contribution to the lives of people in North Pilton.

I hope that by serving on the Board I can put my qualification in health promotion to good use in the service of my local community.”

Malcolm Chisholm

Board Member

“I joined the Board soon after I ceased to be the MSP for Edinburgh Northern and  Leith in 2016. I had been an admirer of the project for almost 30 years and actively involved with it in its early campaigning days before I became the UK Parliament MP for the area in 1992.

I often praised the project and held it up as a model during my twenty four years as MP then MSP. I continue to think community health projects are extremely important for addressing health inequalities and involving local people in driving forward the necessary action.

PCHP suffered a very significant funding cut in early 2019 but I am determined that this greatly needed and highly valued project will survive and flourish in spite of the very difficult funding environment. I am retired now but active in several community organisations in north Edinburgh and Leith as well as with four grandchildren who all live locally.”

Elaine Dorner

Board Member

Sean Fitzharris

Board Member

“When PCHP approached me to become a board member I felt very proud and honoured to be a part of this great local charity organisation.

I am a local volunteer and activist who believes in giving back. PCHP have been of great help to me in the past, helping me deal with my own issues around food insecurity. I learned so much and received great support from the food team.  I wanted to help others in the community who had similar issues as myself. So I started MAD Cooking with help and support from PCHP’s food team. Through this I have worked with 36 local families, helping them with their issues relating to food insecurity.

Unfortunately due to my own health issues I had to cease the MAD Cooking sessions. But with the help of PCHP I have been able to keep involved with dealing with food insecurity issues. I am an active member of the Food for Thought Forum, and have learned to use my voice to raise awareness of issues affecting our community and the services delivering solutions for our community needs.”

Iain Macdonald

Board Member

“In my early years, I lived in North Edinburgh, in Pilton and Granton, and attended Wardie Primary School. I have a concern, an affinity and an affection for North Edinburgh.

I have wide board membership experience, both in the private and public sector.  I am an engineering and business graduate of Edinburgh and the Heriot Watt Universities, and have had a career in the computer industry in the UK, Europe and the US. This was followed by 20 years as a non-executive director on the boards of over 15 private and public companies, including a large US Corporation. I completed the Institute of Directors’ Company Director Programme, attended the Manchester Business School’s Public Company Directors’ Course and became a Fellow of the IoD. I have served on the Board of Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government’s Industrial Advisory Board.”

Graham Rae

Board Member

“My background is in the financial services sector and I see my role on the board as bringing a different viewpoint to discussions.

I wanted to work with an organisation that makes a real difference to people. It is important to me that the organisation works with people and does not simply impose solutions on them.

I hope that my experience in administrative systems and procedures, and risk management, will help with the development of the structures and processes in the organisation. I would also like to help develop the profile of PCHP and broaden how it raises its finances.”

Tabitha Treasure

Treasurer

“I have worked in North Edinburgh for several years and had been looking for a way to get more involved in the local community.

I joined the Board of PCHP as treasurer in 2019. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with around 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting, including working in the charity sector. I have worked particularly in systems implementation and financial accounting, and I hope this experience will be of benefit to PCHP.

PCHP runs really valuable projects and is a well loved organisation that I am very pleased to be involved with.”