Our Trustees

Meet our current Board of Trustees. These dedicated individuals give generously of their time and energy to provide Amma with strategic insight and organisational leadership to help us achieve our mission. 

Pam Radage
Chair

Pam has spent her career in Human Resources (HR), working across a number of sectors and latterly providing advice to Boards.

 

She has largely worked in the corporate sector, although she has supported a number of charities over the years—including a child contact centre in London.
 

Currently, Pam  runs her own HR and change management consultancy. She is the HR Director of Netball Scotland.  

Ross Purdie

Treasurer

Ross serves as Treasurer of Amma Birth Companions, which is his first volunteer role of this kind. 

Originally a qualified accountant (ACMA), Ross has worked in a variety of corporate finance roles for large public companies in both the UK and Canada. He is currently President of Gemstone Logistics,

As a father of two, Ross has seen firsthand how a positive birth can impact both mother and baby's well-being—making him a firm supporter of Amma's mission.

Margaret Cannon
Trustee, Mentor

Margaret has more than 30 years' experience as a nurse and midwife in both the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. 
 

Margaret practised as a senior midwife while living in the Middle East, and was a nurse during her time in Jersey, Channel Islands. 

 

Latterly, while living in New York, Margaret worked for the United Nations in the Medical Services Division. Eventually, she chose to become an independent doula. Margaret is a member of the Scottish Doula Network. 

CA

Trustee

CA is a former Amma service user. She was involved in many community projects in her home country and has experience of supporting vulnerable groups.

 

She is very passionate about giving back and is someone that others naturally migrate to. She has been involved with setting up the virtual peer groups within Amma and is a great advocate for our other service users. 

Jen Gracie
Trustee

Jen is a policy professional. She currently leads the Child Poverty Action Group  in Scotland’s policy, campaigns and public affairs work in Scotland.

 

She has worked with the Scottish Government before where she was responsible for  policy development of the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill, as well as ensuring its successful parliamentary passage.

 

Jen has also been the Policy Communications Officer for the Samaritans and where she managed the policy, communications and public affairs work of Samaritans Scotland.

Belinda McElhinney
Trustee

Belinda has worked in the arts industry for 15 years, primarily as a producer, and recently became CEO of Imaginate, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people in Scotland.  Belinda's experiences within the arts have involved working with refugee communities for over a decade producing performance projects for Refugee Week, the Commonwealth Games and arts venues across Scotland. 

 

In 2016 she founded Standing Tall Arts, raising funds to deliver an arts and cultural programme for young refugees who are unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Scotland supported by the Scottish Guardianship Service.  

Sanjana Menon Rae
Trustee

Sanjana is a solicitor with an array of transactional experience gained in private practice, public and in-house environments.

 

In addition to legal knowledge, she also brings a strong background in corporate governance and compliance.

 

Sanjana's experience covers management consulting, public sector and private sector organisations. She is currently working with Glasgow University. Sanjana's legal background provides specialist experience of ensuring continuous organisational compliance and data protection issues. 

Boatemaa Ofori-Frimpong

Trustee

Boatemaa is from Ghana, where she trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She also has experience of teaching in a primary school and setting up her own kids club in Ghana.

 

Boatemaa migrated to Glasgow to further her studies at the MSc and PhD levels at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), in the area of Cell and Molecular  Biology.

 

Boatemaa has been involved in research and teaching at GCU. She is a mum who is aware of the challenges migrant mums experience.

Layla-Roxanne Hill

Trustee

Layla-Roxanne is a writer/curator-artist/organiser who shares her knowledges and time with a variety of people, projects and institutions, both near and far, on and offline.


She advocates for non-commodifiable collective liberation and is also active within the trade union movement, holding positions within the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) National and Scottish Executive Council(s).

Emma Simpson

Trustee

Emma is a fundraising and events coordinator working in central Glasgow. After working across the public and third sectors in England, Emma moved up to Glasgow in 2017. 

 

Emma grew up internationally in homes across Europe, America and Russia, bringing lived experience of growing up in immigrant communities and the structural privileges that affect life in a new country. 

 

Emma is passionate about the intersection of vulnerabilities that create challenges for women and other pregnant people and has been volunteering with Amma since its formal beginnings. 

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Amma Birth Companions is a charity registered in Scotland (SC049280)

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