Trustees

Carole Anderson (Chair)

Carole is Head of Strategy and Performance at Golden Jubilee National Hospital, an NHS National Board near Glasgow. She also takes a lead role in supporting the ongoing development of LGBT policy and strategy within the Board. Passionate about inclusion and equality, she is keen to ensure SWAN meets the needs of a diverse LGBTI community. In her spare time, Carole is a keen samba drummer and a young persons befriender. She lives in Glasgow with her wife, Elaine. 

Ian Arnot

Ian co-founded SWAN in 2008. Ian acted as manager of SWAN for the first few years, organising events and administering the network, before a committee was established to share the work. Ian is a former chair of BT’s LGBT network and has worked for BT since 2001, currently as media and PR manager for BT Group. Ian is also chair of Scottish national HIV and Hep. C support charity, Waverley Care. He lives near Edinburgh. 

Robert Cole

Robert co-founded SWAN in 2008 with fellow trustee, Ian Arnot.  Now its treasurer, Robert led the work towards SWAN achieving charity status in 2014. Robert heads up the Business Change Flexible Resource practice in British Telecommunications (BT), providing expert personnel on short-term assignments around BT in the UK, helping to transform the company.  He has a background in sales, service and people management and business improvement.  Formerly Chair of BT’s LGBT+ staff network, Robert led change programmes to promote equality and diversity across BT.  He is now on BT Scotland’s Management team where he takes an interest in BT’s Purposeful Business programme.  Robert has considerable charity trustee experience, with six years on the board of trustees of alternative dispute resolution charity, Scottish Mediation Network including three as a Vice Chair and two years as chair of Edinburgh-based community choir, Loud and Proud.  He became Convenor (Chair) for LGBT Youth Scotland in 2015.  Robert is married to fellow SWAN trustee, Nigel, and they live in Edinburgh.  

Alan Masson

Alan is a retired solicitor and judge. He was formerly a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Anderson Strathern LLP, one of Scotland’s large law firms. He is an accredited specialist employment lawyer, experienced in all aspects of employment and discrimination law. Having come out in 1970, when being gay was still illegal in Scotland, he has lived through the whole roller-coaster ride towards equality since the impact of the Stonewall riots. He lives in East Lothian with his husband Richard. Alan is also a member of the Board of ProjectScotland 

Andrew Leitch

Andrew is Creative Industries Officer and LGBT Champion for Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all of Scotland.  Andrew has a keen interest in visual arts, photography, film and architecture.  Andrew has been a judge for the Iris Prize for their Best of British, which was coincidentally won by a Scottish filmmaker, and is keen advocate for LGBT arts and culture.  Andrew has been a board member for the GFT as well as Glasgay!. Andrew lives in Glasgow, but is often seen in Edinburgh. 

Nigel Cotter

Nigel is a Depute Headteacher at an Edinburgh High School and has been involved in promoting inclusion and equality within the education sector.  One of his proudest moments was being in the Scottish Parliament when the result of the same-sex marriage vote was announced.  Interests include photography, cycling and playing the guitar and ukulele badly.  Nigel lives in Edinburgh with his husband Robert.