The Senior Management team works closely with the Trustees to carry out the day-to-day running of Age Scotland.
Brian Sloan - Chief Executive
Brian, whose previous background was in financial services, hospitality and retail, joined the Charity as Chief Executive in July 2012. He has also been involved in strategic business development for Young Enterprise Scotland, and was Head of Business Development with Capital Credit Union, Britain’s fifth largest not-for-profit cooperative. Until recently he was also a member of the Scottish Children’s Hearing Panel.
Since joining Age Scotland he has overseen the expansion of the charity's offering to enable and support older people to live healthier and happier lives. Along with pioneering work to support the Men’s Sheds and Walking Football movements, he was instrumental in developing a helpline for Scotland’s older people and a training suite recognising the challenges of our ageing society.
Looking to the future, Brian’s aspiration for the charity include expanding the work around helping people in the 50-60 age bracket plan for retirement, further develop work to better the health outcomes for older people and strengthen Age Scotland’s ability to tackle loneliness and isolation across Scotland.
He is married with four children, very active in a variety of sports and a qualified Barista!
Elaine Smurthwaite - Head of Resources
Elaine Smurthwaite is Head of Resources, with responsibility for IT, Corporate Services, and HR .
Elaine’s background is firmly rooted in Financial Services and corporate business. Working for the traditional Edinburgh Finance Houses such as Standard Life, Scottish Mutual and Scottish Widows. Elaine was a pension expert before commencing her CIPD qualifications and holding the dual posts of HR Manager and Project Manager at Scottish Widows, responsible for the integration with Lloyds TSB. On leaving Scottish Widows, Elaine took up a newly initiated HR post at the University of Edinburgh.
Elaine originally joined Age Concern in 2009 for 3 months to support the merger between Age Concern and Help the Aged. Since that date, she has worked on many projects for the Charity, both HR-related and otherwise, before taking on the permanent role of HR Manager in 2011.
Married with two grown up daughters and three granddaughters, Elaine enjoys a variety of interests which include, sailing, horse riding, tennis, and actually anything that involves being outdoors. In addition she is a great supporter of Heart of Midlothian FC and the Scottish Rugby Team.
Mike Douglas - Director - Social Enterprises
Mike joined Age Scotland in 2012 as the independent Chair of the charity’s Social Enterprise Board and then took on his current role as a member of staff in February 2018. He is proud of how Age Scotland positively impact the lives of older people across Scotland.
He is now responsible for the social enterprises within Age Scotland which deliver much needed services to older people while reinvesting any profits back into the charity, such as age-inclusion in the workplace and helping Scotland's older population live independently in their own homes for as long as they want and are able.
Before joining Age Scotland, Mike worked in financial services where he developed products for older people such as pensions, annuities, drawdown and long term care.
A keen racket sports player, Mike and his wife like to travel. They have four children aged between 16 and 23 and he is looking forward to when they fly the nest!
Derek McKinley - Director of Finance and Operations
Derek joined Age Scotland in December 2014 and is responsible for the finances of the charity and its subsidiaries. He is also the Company Secretary for Age Scotland and all subsidiaries.
He prides himself in having helped lead the organisation through the significant change which has resulted in the strong and focussed charity Age Scotland is today.
Before joining Age Scotland, Derek worked for Bauer Media, the global media business that owns iconic brands such as Grazia, Heat, Kiss, Magic and Absolute Radio, as well as the legendary Trout Fisherman magazine. He was financially responsible for the Group’s radio stations in Scotland, helping to lead the business through significant change and maintaining market leadership across the brand’s portfolio.
Married with 3 kids, Derek uses every tool at his disposal to defend his wallet from all 4 of these adults. Luckily for Age Scotland he is far more successful at protecting the charity’s financial position!
Derek’s motto is “Laugh out loud every day” and enjoys spending his free time socialising, with a wee libation or two, with family and friends.
Michelle Supple - Director of Charity Services
Michelle Supple is Director of Charity Services with responsibility for overseeing the organisation’s marketing, communications, policy, fundraising, information, advice and helpline services.
With over 17 years’ experience in the third sector Michelle was previously Director of Marketing & Communications at the Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, where she was instrumental in achieving record levels of income, membership and brand awareness.
Passionate about helping vulnerable people Michelle also volunteered as a trustee on the board of Fife Women’s Aid in her spare time.
Married with two young children, Michelle enjoys spending leisure time with her family and friends. As a huge animal lover, Michelle is also is kept busy with her pets – a cat, two dogs and a pet tortoise!
Michelle also loves travelling, nature, wildlife and the outdoors and likes nothing better than weekend dog walks.
Fiona Cross - Director of Community Services
Fiona is the Director of Community Services and is responsible for overseeing the charity’s community development, veterans’, dementia and health and wellbeing services and activities.
Following a move from London to Edinburgh in 1994 she found the voluntary sector to be her natural home and after 25 years of working for communities of interest and disadvantage is still passionate about community-led initiatives which put people at the centre of the design and delivery of services.
Before joining Age Scotland in December 2018, Fiona was Director of the Ripple in North East Edinburgh which works to improve the quality of life of people of all ages in that part of the city.
Fiona has extensive experience of working to improve health and wellbeing as a former nurse working with people living with HIV and AIDS, and also at Mid and East Lothian Drugs Project for those impacted by substance misuse.
Married with three children aged between 16 and 22 she is just learning what it feels like to have a hallway not littered with shoes and trainers. Fiona likes to unwind by walking her whippet around some of the many beauty spots in East Lothian.
For more information:
Call Age Scotland on 0333 32 32 400