SAMH Trustee Board
Joined the SAMH Board as a trustee in 2013 and has been Chair since 2015. Read more
Chris has been involved in a host of equality and social justice initiatives and campaigns for 40 years. Chris is currently leading an inquiry about the role of civil society in Scotland. He was Chief Executive of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) from 2013-2019, and previously Director of Corporate Affairs and Deputy Director of Qualitative Research at NatCen Social Research, Britain’s leading independent social research institute. He lives with his husband in Edinburgh, runs for Edinburgh AC and is writing a memoir.
Shona Littlejohn currently works for the Open University in Scotland where she is the mental health lead; prior to that she was Vice-Principal at Robert Gordon University where her portfolio included student experience including the wellbeing and counselling service. Read more
Shona has also worked as a volunteer and latterly volunteer and client co-ordinator for a social enterprise working with those experiencing long-term and enduring learning disabilities and mental health issues; and is a former board member of North East Scotland College. Shona lives in Edinburgh and loves walking – city streets, hills and country paths and beaches. Her interest in mental health is both professional and personal.
Catriona is an Associate at Digby Brown LLP and specialises in personal injury litigation. Read more
She was a Scottish Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Edinburgh Western for the Holyrood elections in 2016 and a Justice and Policing spokesperson from August 2015. She was previously President of the Scottish Young Lawyers' Association (2010-12) and Assistant Honorary Secretary of the Glasgow University Union while completing her LLB Degree.
Stephen leads the Scottish Government’s Reactive Newsdesk. Read more
Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in journalism. He was Baghdad correspondent for the Sunday Mirror during the Iraq War in 2003 and covered the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks from New York in 2001. Formerly group head of content for the Daily Record and deputy editor of the Sunday Post, Stephen now leads the Scottish Government’s Reactive Newsdesk. An obsessive marathon runner and fairweather cyclist, Stephen lives in Lanarkshire with his wife and their four children.
Graeme has over 17 years of senior experience in the voluntary, health and mental health sectors in Scotland, primarily in member or user-led/service-based organisations, and has served as a Trustee of a mental health charity. Read more
He has led, developed or contributed to campaigns which have influenced legislation, policy, thinking and practice in a number of areas. In addition to specialising in advocating evidence-based policy, stakeholder engagement and working within health, he has lived experience of mental health, of recovering from serious ill health and promoting recovery in others. Graeme is currently Chief Executive of the Scottish Childminding Association.
Elizabeth has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for over 30 years and has extensive experience at board level. She is currently Vice-Chair of Independent Living Fund Scotland (a public body supporting disabled people to live independently) and Chair of Drake Music Scotland (Scotland’s leading music and disability organisation). Read more
Elizabeth is also a befriender with three Scottish charities which support older people. Elizabeth is passionate about the importance of promoting good mental health and wellbeing and throughout her career has championed the provision of support for all.
From an early age Stuart has been in the voluntary sector right through from standing with collection cans on wet days to senior roles in management and governance. Stuart is a former Chair of BBC Children in Need in Scotland and his working life includes fundraising and public affairs. Read more
He has been Chaplain to the University of Glasgow since 2001 and changed the primary focus from religious observance to that of pastoral support. He is also involved in football and rugby as a Chaplain. He is particularly concerned to make Scotland a suicide free place by working for the mental and spiritual wellbeing of individuals and our shared life as a community.
Alexandra is a Research Fellow within the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Policy Unit, where she is also completing a PhD on alcohol policy in Scotland. Read more
Prior to moving to Scotland, Alex was a project manager in the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva. Alex has extensive research experience in the areas of mental health, homelessness, tobacco control, and other areas of public policy, having worked at universities in Australia, Canada and the UK. Alex lives in Edinburgh with her husband and yellow Labrador, and you can find her most Saturday mornings participating in her local ‘parkrun’.
Jamie is an independent consultant, supporting individuals and organisations with their strategy and messaging. Jamie's work has involved policy changing engagement with the First Minister of Scotland, the production of a prime-time documentary and the delivery of a unique counselling service during lockdown. Jamie was awarded a BEM in the New Year Honours list for his work during the COVID pandemic. Read more
Jamie served as a member of the Children's Panel for four years and carried out research into access to higher education for Care Experienced people. He is currently a high school tutor with the Volunteer Tutor Organisation. He has a degree in Politics and Social Policy and a COCSA Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Ross is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) and is currently an Investment Analyst at Clyde Blowers Capital, an independent investment firm based in Glasgow. Read more
He is passionate about the importance of good mental health and wellbeing, particularly amongst young men and in the workplace. Ross lives in Glasgow with his soon to be wife and daughter, is a passionate football fan, cyclist and average golfer.
Pauline has devoted her career to the pursuit of justice and wellbeing in public policy and service delivery, working in consultancy, leadership and advocacy roles in both a voluntary and professional capacity. She has recent direct experience of SAMH innovation in young people service delivery, through her own family’s service-use experience and grant-making in her current role. Read more
She currently combines the dual roles of directing the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation, an FE College grant-making charity, with running her management and research consultancy business. Pauline is a former Carnegie UK Trust Associate and non-executive director of Shared Interest Society and contributor to Scotland’s Wellbeing Economy Alliance, with a specific interest in advocating for policy coherence across the National Performance Framework.
Billy joined SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), Scotland’s largest mental health charity, as Chief Executive in November 2008. Read more
He has led SAMH through two ambitious strategies which has seen the organisation work to reposition mental health as one of the leading causes in Scotland; delivering award winning campaigns, national behaviour change programmes and community support services all across Scotland which continue to deliver high quality outcomes for the individuals who need it most. SAMH’s future areas of focus include care, workplace, wellbeing and therapeutic; all underpinned by a determination to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Prior to SAMH, Billy was with RNIB for 10 years, latterly as UK Group Director. Pre third sector was spent in NHS management for 12 years, variously in positions from General Management Trainee to Hospital Administrator and Business Manager.
Director of Delivery and Strategic Development
As Executive Director of Delivery and Strategic Development Graeme’s responsibilities include new business development and overall management and development of SAMH services. Read more
Graeme originally trained as an engineer with British Shipbuilders ending his engineering career as a design draughtsman. Graeme then worked as a volunteer with homeless people and qualified as a mental health nurse in the mid eighties. Graeme left the NHS in the early nineties to work for SAMH and since then has worked for several leading Scottish voluntary organisations. Graeme has a broad experience in managing and developing services across the social care spectrum, with particular expertise in mental health, as well as services for people with addictions, homelessness issues, a learning disability and older people. Graeme completed a Masters Degree in Community Care at Glasgow University in 2002; carrying out research into the development of the new Mental Health Acts in Scotland and England & Wales. Graeme is a Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Director of Corporate Services
Patricia Aniello has over 30 years’ knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector in Scotland. Since joining SAMH in 1987, Patricia’s role within the organisation has continued to expand. Read more
Currently as Director of Corporate Services Patricia has responsibility for a wide portfolio comprising Finance, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Information Systems and Property Management. In addition, in her role as Company Secretary, Patricia is responsible for organisational governance and compliance. Patricia is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; and former trusteeships include Treasurer of the West Drug and Alcohol Service and Treasurer of SCVO.
Director of Strategy and Business Development
As Director of Strategy and Business Development Richard has responsibility for SAMH's focus and capabilities in relation to mental health in the workplace as well as for fundraising and other non-statutory income generation. Read more
Richard's background was as a biological scientist but his working career has been in the private sector with over 30 years of experience across professional services and industrial manufacturing. As a former Head of Business Development for KPMG in Scotland, he has a strong understanding of the dynamics of the Scottish marketplace and expertise in organisational growth and service development. During his career, he has worked with many organisations in Scotland as well as undertaking secondments and roles based internationally. He has a personal commitment to and belief in the social responsibility focus within organisations, particularly in relation to equality of opportunity and the creation of a working environment where individuals can thrive and be their best. Richard is also a Trustee of these other not for profit organisations: the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Scottish Ballet's Endowment Fund and the House for an Art Lover.
Director of Influence and Change
Jo joined SAMH in May 2011 to develop and deliver a fundraising and income generation strategy, a new venture for the organisation. Positioning mental health as a cause to support SAMH is now raising in excess of £1million each year from voluntary sources. Read more
During this time Jo led a cross functional team at SAMH to deliver the ground breaking ‘Two Too Many’ Campaign, Scotland’s first ever suicide adverts on day time television. Taking up the role of Director of External Affairs in 2013 Jo leads on SAMH’s work in public affairs, campaigns, communications and fundraising. SAMH aims to inspire everyone in Scotland who cares about mental health to give or support us. Jo has worked in fundraising and communications in the third sector for 20 years. Prior to SAMH, Jo worked for the NSPCC, Cancer Research UK and CHILDREN 1ST. Jo is a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising and sits on the IoF Executive Committee in Scotland.