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 insurances, training and the development of the Age Scotland “Independent Living” programme.
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 - Head of Financial 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.
For more information:
Call Age Scotland on 0333 32 32 400