Our Board Members
Citizens Advice Edinburgh is a charity and a company limited by guarantee.
It is run by a Board of volunteers with a wide range of charity, business, legal, media and financial experience.
The Board adheres to NCVO's Good Governance Code
Our Chair and Vice Chair
Dorothy Kellas - Chair
Dorothy has been a board member at CAE since May 2016. She is a solicitor and Partner of Lindsays, based in their North Berwick office. She advises individuals and families on a wide range of legal issues, in particular relating to the protection of assets through planning. Dorothy has a particular interest in later life issues and is co-chair of the Scottish branch of Solicitors for the Elderly. She also sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s Equality and Diversity Committee. Other volunteer roles include assisting at Muirfield Riding Therapy and being a stand-by driver for the North Berwick branch of Contact the Elderly.
Margery Naylor - Depute Chair
Margery has had extensive front line and senior management experience in social work services, for example as Head of Planning and Policy for social work services in West Lothian Council. From 2001 to 2005, she worked in the Joint Future Unit, Scottish Government, promoting joint working between social work, health, and housing. Margery worked for the Social Work Inspection Agency and Care Inspectorate, primarily as a lead inspector and then as a sessional senior inspector, from 2005 until she retired in 2015. Margery is currently the President of the Cramond Association. She has held many voluntary sector positions such as the Chair of Voluntary Health Scotland, the national intermediary organisation for third sector organisations which focuses on health issues, from 2011 – 2104 and has been a Quality Scotland assessor. She also has a range of current activities such as working as an adviser at the Leith Citizen’s Advice Bureau since 2009, Cub Leader, and Scout Association Regional Adviser on Safeguarding (child protection).
Jim Fish - Our Treasurer
Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh with KPMG and worked for PwC in Hong Kong before moving into industry with Westinghouse Electric Inc. He worked at IPC Information Systems, a leading provider of communication services to the financial community, fulfilling various positions including Managing Director Europe and Chief Financial Officer in New York. On returning to Edinburgh in 2002, he worked as an interim finance director across a broad range of businesses from multinationals to venture capital funded small/medium-sized enterprises and start-up companies. He is now Finance Director at Frontier IP Group plc.
Adviser Board Members
Fred Guy became a CAE volunteer in the Leith office in April 2014 after retiring in March 2014. He was born and brought up and educated in Belfast but most of his working life has been spent on the mainland. He started working in 1971 in The Queen’s University of Belfast and then moved to work in the University of Birmingham. From there he moved in 1975 to Aberystwyth to lecture in library and information studies and in 1984 took up a position in the National Library of Scotland where, in due course, he became the Director of Information and Communications Technology.
Prior to his retirement he worked at the University of Edinburgh as an Information Technology Project Manager. He is a graduate of both The Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Sheffield and also holds a diploma in library and information studies from the University of Wales. He is a keen runner and has completed 5 marathons. In his later years he tends to specialise in 5 and 10 kilometre races. He also volunteers on a regular basis for Scottish Rugby. He was the Chairperson of the Board of YMCA Edinburgh for four years and continues to be a Board member.
David is a volunteer adviser who started at CAE in January 2010. He took early retirement from the civil service in 2007 after a career of 32 years. The first half of his career was in social research on topics such as labour markets, housing, local government, housing and urban deprivation. He then moved on to policy work on urban regeneration, planning and transport. David volunteers at 2 sessions in Portobello a week – one as a general adviser and one as a benefits appeals specialist.
External Board Members
Owen Kelly OBE
Owen is currently Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise. Prior to joining SFE he worked for twenty years as a government official in both the UK and Scottish Governments. Owen was recognised with an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours.
Chris Maguire is currently Head of Public Affairs - Personal and Business Banking at RBS. He began his career with the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament before moving into the private sector and thenback into the public sector with Visit Scotland where worked closely with the Board. He has extensive experience of providing strategic counsel to a wide range of corporate clients, which have included British Telecom, GNER and other blue chip companies such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Chris joined RBS in 2009 and is currently responsible for managing RBS’s relationship with politicians and other policymakers and keeping internal stakeholders informed on issues that will impact or influence RBS’s business. He has led the engagement strategy for the CEO, Chairman and other RBS seniors with key policy and decision makers. He has also provided strategic advice and guidance to senior management and business divisions on all political issues and supported appearances before the Treasury Select Committee and Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, of Stephen Hester and Philip Hampton.
Calum is a co-founder and director at FarrPoint, an Edinburgh based IT and Telecoms Consultancy, predominately providing strategic advice to Central and Local Government, Education and the NHS in the use of technology to better serve citizens and provide healthcare in the community. Outside Scotland he has provided advice to major events organisations such the Rio2016 and Tokyo2020 Olympic Games in IT supplier selection and contract negotiation. Prior to FarrPoint Calum worked as a Consultant for Analysys Mason providing specialist analysis and advisory services on the telecommunications, media and technology market to large corporates and the public sector.
Our Company Secretary
Formerly Chair of Pilton CAB 2001 – 07 and a Director of the CAE Board from 2008 - 2014, Niall is a retired Scottish Office Civil Servant and worked in the fields of education, transport, local government finance, social work, civil and criminal law. He was also a member of the Parole Board for Scotland 2003-09 and Chair of SACRO 2002-07.