Board of Directors
Steven Harte (Chairperson)
Steven is a solicitor with Leyton Legal and he specialises in employment law. He joined the Lifelink board in early 2016 and was elected interim Chairperson in May 2018. As well as being a solicitor, he has previous experience working for ACAS and is also a former VAT inspector. Steven also chairs the Board’s HR and Finance Sub-Groups. Steven is a keen golfer, curler and commutes to work on his mountain bike all year round, in all weather. He also enjoys exploring Scotland and beyond on his motorbike.
Janice Collins (Vice Chairperson)
Janice began her career in PR consultancy, working for a range of public and private sector clients at agencies in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. She has also taken on a number of in-house roles, particularly in public sector internal and external communications, working for UK Government, NHS Scotland, NHS 24, Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland. She currently holds the post Employee Communications Associate at BAE Systems. Janice joined Lifelink’s Board of Directors in 2014 and has been involved in driving the organisation’s change programme. She has one son, is a student member of COSCA and is motivated to make a difference in our communities today, tomorrow and beyond.
Karen has over 20 years of experience in Business Development, management, bidding and client relationship management in an ICT Managed Services Environment. Working closely with local authorities and schools over the years, she has a good understanding of the challenges in the public sector, particularly those facing local authorities and schools and have been involved in many digital and online safety related projects.
Karen joined Lifelink’s board in 2016.
Stephen became a board director in 2014 and has been active in helping to restructure the organisation’s vision. Having 20 years of management experience and involvement in various other boards, Stephen shares his knowledge and understanding of business to help widen the perspective of the organisation and aid in creating an inclusive ethical ethos. Stephen is also a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and uses his therapeutic background to ensure that service delivery is clear and consistent focus for those who benefit from the service. Stephen is currently involved in the development of new CBT Diploma Students, is the BABCP National Committee Forum Representative for Scotland and is studying to become a qualified supervisor of counsellors.
Alison lives with her husband and three daughters who keep them very busy between musical performances, figure skating, Tae Kwon Do, Swimming and the Girls Brigade. Alison is Depute Headteacher in Drumchapel High School with responsibility for S1-S3 and Staff Development, Inclusion and Pupil Support. Alison has been part of the Drumchapel High School Community for 17 years. She believes very strongly that good emotional and mental health are crucial in education and can form a good foundation upon which teachers can build and support life skills and knowledge.
Stephen is a former Police Officer who retired at the rank of Divisional Commander in 2017 after a career spanning 30 years. Throughout that time he gained significant experience in training, coaching and mentoring Police Negotiators in building emotional resilience and crisis management. Stephen also holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology, a Masters in Forensic and Legal Psychology and a Certificate in Counselling Skills alongside an NVQ in the delivery of adult learning. Alongside his work with Lifelink, Stephen is also a Trustee with Samaritans in Scotland. Living in Glasgow with his wife and daughter he enjoys playing golf, watching football and enjoying the company of good friends over a glass of wine. Stephen has a lifelong commitment to his own wellbeing and realises the importance this plays in maintaining good health, having practiced meditation and yoga for over 20 years.
Gavin has over 15 years experience working within the voluntary sector. He previously worked for Capability Scotland and has mainly been involved in the employability sector working in partnership with individuals with disabilities to assist them in gaining employment. Gavin also has experience of counselling individuals in the field of addiction. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics & Social Policy and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from the University of the West of Scotland. In 2015 he graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. He is currently a Volunteer Associate Counsellor at Glasgow Clyde College. Further to that he is due to complete The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Certificate in Corporate Governance. With lived experience of what it is like to have a disability Gavin has an invaluable mixture of both professional and personal experience to bring to the board.