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Board Members

  • Denboba Natie (Chair Person)
  • Melanie Vowles (Treasurer)
  • Mageed Abdalla (Board Director)
  • Ewen Logan (Board Director)
  • Lynn Reid(Board Director)
  • Miriam Constance (Board Director)
  • Lindy Feneysey (Board Director)
  • Jill Reilly (Board Director)
  • Catherine Ormsby-Wall (Board Director)
  • Reka Bullywon (Board Director)
  • Judith Sischy (Board Director)

Board Profiles

Office Bearers

Denboba K. Natie (Chair)

Denboba K. NatieDenboba is a Senior Public Health Practitioner with an extensive Public and Clinical Nursing background.

He has attained MSc in International Health (UK) and Diploma in Management from Chartered management institute (UK).

He has experience in working with International originations such as WHO/UNICEF at strategic levels when he coordinated the activities of nationally funded projects for lengthy periods. He has also worked for a health and social services affiliated voluntary organization in Edinburgh since 2004.

He held the post of President of the National Health Professionals' Association when he was in one of the east African countries and was one of the key players in the said country in developing national policies in the areas of women and children and mental health issues. Denboba has also worked in the capacity of the managing director in a private sector organisation and also in an NGO.

He has been involved in the capacity of a board member of various ethnic minority voluntary organizations in Scotland including Africa Centre Scotland, Ethiopian Community Scotland of which he is a founder. He has also been involved in various advocacy groups including the Edinburgh Race Equality Forum, Connections for Development, International Inter-religious group for World Peace, Ethiopian human rights groups and the Pressure group for Global Justice. Denboba Natie can work both at strategic as well as operational levels with utmost proficiency.

Ordinary Members

Melanie Vowels

Melanie Vowles has worked continuously within local government for 27 years. She commenced employment in the Planning department as a filing clerk in 1983 and has risen through the ranks to reach the post of Team leader in the Planning Archives section with additional responsibility for committee work preparation and Freedom of Information requests.

She also received a customer care award for her work at the public counter of the Planning office. She is an associate member of the Institute of Administrative Management (an organisation that has direct links with students studying a variety of management courses both here and aboard) where she gained an international diploma and certificate in administrative management. She is also the acting treasurer of the local branch based in Edinburgh.

She is also a member of the charitable trust which owns and maintains a 17th century style public garden in East Lothian.

Mageed M. Abdalla

Mageed is a Senior Statistician with an extensive Statistics and Health background.

He has attained bachelor's degree in Education Statistics (Iraq), Diploma in Statistical Studies (Khartoum) MSc. in Operation Research (UK).

Mageed works as a senior statistician for National Health Service Scotland NHSS. He has been working as statistician for 14 years since 2000. He worked as a statistician for the Sudan government on various departments.

He has maintained a strong relationship with LINKnet, Mageed has been involved in the capacity of a Mentor and a mentee and now in the capacity of a board member. He was involved in various ethnic minority voluntary organizations in Scotland including the Sudanese Community Scotland where he held the Treasure's post for sometime.

Ewen Logan

Ewen works as a Social Worker in the area of Child Protection for a Local Authority. He has been working as a Social Worker for 20 years since graduating from Moray House in 1992.

"I have always been passionate about supporting, advocating for and empowering other people particularly people affected by poverty, loss, discrimination and harm through partnership, planning, public access and support, creativity and accountability. I have supported development projects in the past where I have experienced them supporting others (I have worked with) with a clear agenda, resources and a direct impact on their lives. This is why I have joined LINKnet as I respect the mentoring philosophy and I have contributed to its work by undertaking a mentoring role when the project linked to the Local Authority I was working for at the time. I wish to support the continued work of LINKnet building on its successful past and I believe my experience of working in the public sector will help target ongoing areas of development.

Beyond work, I sustain an interest in art and literature. I also enjoy gardening particularly growing fruit and vegetables to add to the kitchen larder. My family and I enjoy attending music festival particularly the smaller festivals the support emerging musicians. Rest and relaxation also comes through seeing friends as I enjoying catching up with them and listen and share on what is happening in each others' lives."

Lynn Reid

Lynn ReidLynn has a breadth and depth of experience in Human Resources, Learning and Development, Organisational Development, Coaching and Talent Management and she is currently HR Director at Lomond Capital a small but rapidly growing organisation in property and asset management. She has worked at senior levels in high tech manufacturing organisations such as Motorola and Digital Equipment Corporation and within financial services she has worked for HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Life. She is an engaging leader with a passion for developing people and organisations to maximise individual potential and business success.

Lynn is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a BSc in Social Sciences. She holds qualifications in Coaching (Strathclyde University) and Psychometrics (British Psychological Society) and is licensed to use a variety of psychological testing instruments. She actively supports her local community association in the Old Town of Edinburgh where they have recently taken responsibility for the upkeep of a Patrick Geddes garden and, in addition to Mentoring at Linknet, she does voluntary work for the homeless charity Crisis in Edinburgh.

Dr Miriam Constance

I am a Board Director and Mentor for LINKnet Mentoring. I am a teacher for the City of Edinburgh Schools, an appointee for the General Teaching Council for Scotland, an appointee for the Scottish Qualifications Authority and a private tutor of Biology and Human Biology. I have supervised The University of Edinburgh Honours’ students’ projects while working as a Scientific Officer at SRUC (then, The Scottish Agricultural College -Edinburgh) in the past. I have also taught ESOL with the East Lothian Council in the past and I am an East Lothian panel member. I am the East Lothian contact for Lupus UK.

I strongly believe that every human being should be given the chance to fulfil their potential.

Lindy Feneysey

Lindy FeneyseyI am a South African Scot and recently retired as an English and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, having worked as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher for the City of Edinburgh Council since 2002 and before that as an English teacher as well as an Additional Support Needs teacher since 1996.

Originally from South Africa, I came to live in Scotland in 1995, following my marriage to a Scot. In South Africa, I worked as an English teacher, Education College lecturer and English regional advisor for schools in South African townships and rural areas from 1983-1995, which involved work with a number of development projects with overseas funding.

I have a strong commitment to international and development issues, including the empowerment of more vulnerable people in society. For this reason, I joined Linknet as a mentor as I felt that the organisation reflected my values and interests. With my background in teaching English and in development work, I hope to contribute to Linknet’s excellent work.

My other interests include reading (particularly books with an international flavour), gardening and being an active grandmother.

Jill Reilly

Jill ReillyJill has volunteered with adults, children and wild elephants (!) for various charities in the UK and abroad. As a new LinkNet Board member she is bringing her experience of helping companies become more efficient and effective. She has worked in a number of different organisations in Edinburgh and London in both the public and private sector helping them transform, change and deliver new projects. She brings a structured approach to the board and relishes the task of helping the Board team drive LinkNet forward.

Jill has volunteered with adults, children and wild elephants (!) for various charities in the UK and abroad. As a new LinkNet Board member she is bringing her experience of helping companies become more efficient and effective. She has worked in a number of different organisations in Edinburgh and London in both the public and private sector helping them transform, change and deliver new projects. She brings a structured approach to the board and relishes the task of helping the Board team drive LinkNet forward.

Catherine Ormsby-Wall (Board Director)

Catherine has nearly 20 years experience working in the public sector.

She has completed various courses including a B.A. in Psychology (New Zealand), a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (Glasgow), a Certificate in Forensic Medicine and Science (Edinburgh) and a Diploma in Make-Up Artistry (Stockport).

Catherine has previously been a mentor for LINKnet and had resumed mentoring prior to becoming a board member.

She enjoys learning and helping others.

Reka Bullywon

Reka is a qualified accountant working in Fund accounting for the past 9 years with different companies across the UK. She has been working in Edinburgh for the last four years. She comes from Mauritius where she used to work as a teacher in Primary schools first and later in secondary schools. She believes that anyone can achieve their potential if right help and support is provided. With that in mind she joined LINKnet Mentoring as a Mentor.  She loves helping people and experiencing different cultures.

Judith Sischy

Judith SischyAfter graduating from the Universities of Bristol and Toronto in modern languages, I started my career teaching French in schools in Canada and Edinburgh. I then entered education management, my last post being Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools. Throughout my career I have worked in education on a professional and voluntary basis, involved in a number of charities at home and abroad. When I left my last post, I re-qualified as a tutor of adult literacy and now work on a voluntary basis as a literacy tutor for Edinburgh City Council and as a trained mentor for ACOSVO. I sit on the Boards of the Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) Council and was on the Court of Queen Margaret University until September 2016. I was awarded an OBE in January 2009 for services to education and the voluntary sector.

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Testimonials

Testimonial 1

Olayinka Dada:
"I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant..."

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Testimonial 2

Pepita Gomez:
"I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association."

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Testimonial 3

Russell Dadzie:
"I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago."

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Current Funders

Scottish Government

Scottish Government's Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund & Scottish Government's Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

 

European Social Fund

European Social Fund

 

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

 

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