Mel took up this new post in April 2019 having joined the Trust as a volunteer in early 2018.
Mel has had a diverse career in education spanning 23 years working in private and boarding schools, inner city state schools, as well as recently working with children and young adults requiring Additional Support for Learning in West Lothian. Mel spent a total of nine years in the positions of High School Principal and Head of Middle School in an international school in Singapore. She also spent several years as an international school Accreditation Officer working in schools with varying curricular approaches in countries including Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand and South Korea. She returned to the UK in 2015 where she decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition and learn to drive an articulated lorry!
Through her experiences, Mel has witnessed the positive impact dogs can have on the physical and mental welfare of children and adults. She supports several animal charities and has volunteered in animal rescue centres here and abroad. Mel brought three animal shelter cats back with her from Singapore and has three dogs, all of which were re-homed from families in Scotland. Her Rough Collie is a registered Therapet, undertaking weekly visits to an assisted living centre in West Lothian and completing 'Paws for Stress' sessions at Tertiary institutions. Her Bearded Collie/Sheltie cross won the Scruffts 'Most Handsome Dog' title at the Scottish heat in 2018 and placed third in his class at the semi-finals in London. Her Cairn Terrier has a quiet life! When not working, Mel enjoys walking and weekends in her motorhome with her dogs, she fosters the occasional puppy and she is a member of her local Gala Committee.