The Rock Trust Board of Directors
David has worked in financial services for the past 14 years and runs his own project management company. He has a wide range of experience covering corporate governance, strategy, risk management and IT. Before moving into financial services David trained as a research scientist and still has a keen interest in all things scientific. When he’s not reading about science he enjoys running, hillwalking, concerts and travel.
Dave is a qualified accountant who has worked in the private and public sector. He has specialised in internal audit and governance and is currently Deputy Chief Internal Auditor with Lothian Health Board. He leads a Scout section (18 – 24 years) and was a volunteer befriender and fundraiser with The Rock Trust before joining the Board.
Ian holds an honours degree in Law and Economics and was for thirty years a partner in a large commercial law firm. He is very interested in the development of the potential of young people and is keen to use his commercial (and wider life) experiences to positively contribute towards the work of the Rock Trust.
Elsewhere, Ian is Chairman of Vestry at Rosslyn Chapel and his recreational activities include cycling, gardening, cross country skiing and spending many happy hours in the company of his grandchildren.
Marion is currently HR Director of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, having been with the company for 6 years. Marion has over 15 year experience in HR and has worked in the private sector in a variety of challenging roles.
In her spare time Marion is a youth group leader and enjoys spending time with her two children.
Duncan’s professional background has been in the area of Consumer Marketing and Innovation. For the main part, this has been in the food and beverage sector with companies such as Nestle, Scottish & Newcastle and Danone.
For the last three years, Duncan has used this knowledge and skills in a consultancy capacity along with some property management.
Outside of professional life, Duncan enjoys marathon running, squash and travel.
Alison is a qualified Chartered Accountant, who is a partner in an accountancy practice and enjoys helping small businesses deal with the challenges they face. She has 2 teenage daughters and, outside of work, her interests include running and reading.
Beth Watts is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Her research primarily focuses on homelessness, youth homelessness and housing.
In 2015, she conducted a review of youth homelessness in the UK for The OVO Foundation. Beth currently works on the JRF/Crisis funded Homelessness Monitors, a longitudinal project tracking the impacts of the economic downturn and welfare reform, and the Welfare Conditionality project, a five-year (2013-2018) ESRC-funded research programme exploring the ethics and effectiveness of conditional approaches to welfare support and provision.
She completed her PhD comparing responses to homelessness in Scotland and Ireland in 2013 at the University of York and has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter.