Our Board Members
Charlotte Encombe - Chair
Having moved to Edinburgh 20 years ago, my family and I have made Leith our home. Having had a chequered career working in - among others -the film industry and becoming a landscape architect, I spend time campaigning on behalf of my local community.
Having started Greener Leith, a charity focused on sustainable development and better green spaces, I am currently Chair of Leith Central Community Council. I’m also a carer’s representative on an NHS sub-committee that aims to promote patients’ wellbeing at the Astley Ainslie hospital.
Oxygen Therapy was hugely beneficial to my son, who was recuperating from a serious accident. With the Centre on our doorstep, I had no hesitation in becoming a volunteer. I spent a year learning how to operate the chamber and getting to know the amazing group of people at the Centre. I was very pleased to have been appointed as a Trustee and then elected Chair.
Carole Macartney - Secretary
I am currently the Secretary of the Board and have been a trustee off and on since 2009. Having been diagnosed with MS in 1993, I started attending for oxygen around 2004 and pre-pandemic was usually at the centre at least twice a week. It is a real lifeline for me, as it is for so many people.
My husband Robert also gets involved from time to time and both my adult children (Craig & Laura) have been volunteers too. My mum Mary Gray, was also a long-standing oxygen volunteer for many years. So the centre has played a big role in the lives of many of my family too.
Prior to taking medical retirement in 2012, I worked as an HR manager in the NHS for many years and this experience has proved very useful in my trustee role. In my spare time, I enjoy playing bridge and also being creative with different types of crafts such as candle-making, knitting and embroidery.
Daniel Baigrie - Vice Chair
My background is in Community Education and I have worked and volunteered across the statutory and third sector in the areas of youth work, community development and adult learning.
In 2016 I completed my degree at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently a Senior Communities and Lifelong Learning Worker in Midlothian working with adult learners and community groups. I have been on the board since 2019 and currently serve as Vice Chair.
Miguel Hernandez – Treasurer
I joined MTSC Lothian in July 2020 as a member of the board and currently perform the role of Treasurer for the organisation. I am originally from Spain and moved to Scotland in April 2017.
I possess more than 5 years’ in varied finance roles, including 3 as a Finance Manager. I am an accredited holder of a Bachelor´s Degree in Business Management & Administration as well as a Master´s Degree in Financial Management.
I am passionate about helping people and always willing to offer the expertise I have gained with those years of experience.
James Richardson - Board Member
I am an accountant living and working in Edinburgh. Originally from the South coast of England, I moved here in 2019 with my soon-to-be wife and subsequently fell in love with the city.
I have been on the board from early 2021 and look forward to providing the best service I can for the organisation. I'm also fond of hiking and books.
Sarah Horne - Board Member
Sarah works in financial services as an HR transformation specialist - she is highly experienced in developing and implementing HR strategies, analytics and technologies to drive organisational effectiveness; and to enable the strategic change agendas of large global and matrixed organisations.
Sarah has over 30 years of experience in leading people through large scale corporate change such as mergers, divestments and acquisitions. Previously to financial services, Sarah has worked in not-for-profit and retail sectors across the UK, Europe and AsiaPac.