Chris Stewart, Chair
A nationally recognised and award winning business leader, Chris Stewart is the CEO and majority shareholder of the Chris Stewart Group. Chris brings to Seamab his in depth knowledge of strategy, finance, business development and management and development of property. As Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chris is highly committed to supporting Seamab and the children. He works closely with the Board of Trustees and the Senior Management Team, promoting the positive development of the charity.
Brendan Corkery, Vice Chair
Brendan is currently Finance and Operations Director at IDP. He has a strong history in finance, training as a Chartered Accountant.
Margaret has more than 40 years’ experience in education, teaching English in a number of schools in Edinburgh before joining the City of Edinburgh Education Department as a Development Officer. She also worked for the Scottish Government as leader of the National CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Team. She is currently a self-employed Education Consultant and Coach, and Convenor of SELMAS (Scottish Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society). Margaret was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by IPDA (International Professional Development Association) in 2011, in recognition of her contribution to Scottish education.
Elected as a Trustee in 2015 and the newest member of the Board, Bob brings extensive experience from a career in education. He has worked for local authorities as the Head of Education and the Director of Education and Cultural Services. As an education consultant, Bob has worked with national organisations including Education Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Studies in Education Administration. An experienced teacher and leader, Bob has a special interest in models for delivering education effectively and the impact of educational leadership.
Widely recognised and lauded in civil society, Abeer is the Joint Chief Executive of Bruce Tait Associates (BTA), the ground breaking third sector recruitment and consultancy company. A former presenter of BBC Scotland’s flagship news programmes, Abeer has also worked at a senior level in fundraising, successfully transforming methodology and results. Awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International, Abeer brings to her role at Seamab communications, fundraising and organisational development expertise - and her passion for transforming children’s lives.
Kate is a former social worker with substantial experience overseeing a range of social work services as a senior manager in local authorities. A number of organisations have benefitted from Kate's professional expertise, including CCETSW, BASW, SSSC, MHTS and most recently the Children's Panel in her role as a Panel Practice Advisor. Kate has a high level of commitment to effective organisational governance as well as an interest in developing children's services that positively impact on outcomes
For more than 30 years Ray has worked across the National Health Service in a variety of roles ranging from Community Psychiatric Nurse through to Director of services. As a nurse consultant specialising in Primary Care Mental Health, Ray acted as the Primary Care lead for the Eastern Region England, for the Department of Health and in a 15-year period was responsible for significant changes to local, regional and national health care systems. Ray has been at the leading edge for the creation of Single Point of Access Services resulting in improved patient pathways examples of this include: Northampton, Barnet, Croydon, Suffolk, Norfolk, Manchester, Bedfordshire. This work brought Ray to the attention of the World Health Organisation and he was appointed Specialist Health Consultant for Primary Care Mental Health developments. He went on to create and manage new services across the Middle East including Palestine, Iraq, Jordan as well as services across the Balkans and the Far East. In the last 2 years Ray has moved into the 3rd sector and is Chief Executive Officer for 2 charities, Tagsa Uibhist on the Outer Hebrides and Braid House, West Lothian, a charity offering specialist support to people over 65 and living with dementia.
Lee-Anne is an experienced Teacher who has spent 12 years working within areas of significant social and economic deprivation and has been a senior leader in a residential special school. Lee-Anne is the Head Teacher at New Struan School.