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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of seven members who meet five or six times per year and is responsible for the strategic direction and policy of the charity. At present, the Board has five directors from a variety of professional backgrounds relevant to the work of the charity. The company secretary also attends the Board meetings but has no voting rights.

The Board is made up of the following members:

Fred Shedden - Chairman

Fred was senior partner of McGrigors until his retirement from the firm in 2000. Since then he has been a non-executive director of many organisations including Glasgow Housing Association, Halladale Group plc and Equitable Life Assurance Society. Currently he is a non-executive director of iomart Group plc and Murray International Trust plc and is vice-chair of the Board of Governors of Glasgow School of Art.


Carol Craig – Director

Dr Carol Craig is Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-Being which was launched in December 2004 at the highly successful Scotland's Tipping Point conference. Prior to taking up this post Carol ran her own training and development business specialising in personal and team development. Carol is also author of The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence and Creating Confidence: a handbook for professionals working with young people. Her most recent publication (2010) is The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow.

In the first few years of operation the Centre’s work was particularly centred on Positive Psychology. Now the Centre, under Carol's leadership, is broadening its agenda and forging new ways to think about confidence and well-being.

Carol has a B.A. in politics from the University of Strathclyde and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Edinburgh.


Professor Phil Hanlon - Director

Professor Phil Hanlon is currently the head of Public Health at The University of Glasgow. Phil has conducted research into many areas including cultural influences on health and the impact of re-housing and regeneration on health (the GoWell Project). Phil leads the Observatory Group at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and commits to a variety of speaking engagements, including our Vanguard Series 2006.


Martin Stepek - Director

After university Martin worked his way around the world for four years. On his return to Scotland he moved up the ranks of his family’s business reaching Deputy Managing director of J Stepek Ltd, a Scotland Top 500 company. From 2002 he has developed a portfolio career comprising his key passions: the arts, business, green politics, wellbeing and community. He is a director or associate of numerous organisations including the Scottish Family Business Association and Mindfulness Scotland both of which he co-founded, the Social Enterprise Academy and Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum.

As a public speaker he delivers on a wide range of subjects from ethical economic development to Scotland’s Polish heritage. A teacher and practitioner of mindfulness, a therapy which has NHS highest-rating for depression and anxiety he has delivered sessions at prisons, schools, party political conferences and wellbeing organisations.

Kate Dunlop - Director

Kate Dunlop is an adviser to organisations in the private and the public sectors.  Currently, she is Chairman of an Architectural business, an independent mediator, and a non executive director of the Accountant in Bankruptcy, NHS Services Scotland and Education Scotland.  Her corporate career was spent in retail banking and insurance and she has deep experience of strategic management in highly regulated environments. She has a longstanding interest in Education, Social Welfare, Ethics, and in the promotion of fairness and equality in civil society.


Hugh Anderson

Hugh trained as an architect and has more than 30 years’ experience in both the theory and design of buildings. His particular interest during this time has been the interaction between organisations and the spaces they inhabit. Hugh was educated at Oxford and London Universities and worked with the international design and consultancy practice DEGW where he was first a partner then director before establishing his own practice, Hugh Anderson Associates in 1994, incorporating into haa design limited in 2003. Besides being involved with design and consultancy projects, Hugh also contributes to various design and management journals and lecture courses; he was an external examiner at Robert Gordon University and is a founder member of RIAS consultancy.


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Hazel Black – Company Secretary

Hazel Black has over 20 years experience working in economic development including project management, inward investment, grant appraisal, and business development.  From June 2005 to June 2007 she was seconded to the Centre for Confidence from Scottish Enterprise working as business development manager during the initial year when the Centre was set up.  Since her return to Scottish Enterprise she has managed a number of projects and also continued in her role as Company Secretary to the Centre.

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