Trustees

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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. Carole joined SWAN in 2009 and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. She is passionate about collaborative working for LGBT equality across all sectors within Scotland and is keen to ensure SWAN meets the needs of a diverse LGBT+ community. Carole is an alumni of the Stonewall leadership programme. In her spare time, Carole is a keen samba drummer and a young persons befriender. She lives in Glasgow with her wife, Elaine. 

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Robert Cole - Treasurer

Robert co-founded SWAN in 2008 with former trustee, Ian Arnot.  Now the SWAN treasurer, Robert led the work towards SWAN achieving charity status in 2014. Robert heads up his own consultancy business - Forth Perspectives. Formerly, Robert headedup the Flexible Resource practice in BT, providing expert personnel on short-term assignments around BT in the UK.   He was also formerly Chair of BT’s LGBT+ staff network, Robert led change programmes to promote equality and diversity across BT.   Robert has considerable charity trustee experience, with six years on the board of trustees of Scottish Mediation Network 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 Nigel, and they live in Edinburgh.  

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Sylvia Morgan - Secretary

Sylvia works at the University of Glasgow in Student Support and Well Being. Sylvia relocated to Glasgow from Cape Town in 2003 and has been a member of SWAN since inaugural meeting in 2008. 

She was also a founding member of University of Glasgow Staff LGBT+ Network in 2007. 

Sylvia has been researching transgender identities and practices in Scotland since 2009 and has a PhD in the subject. 

A lifelong activist for equality & diversity, LGBT and human rights.

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Trevor Fenton

Trevor is an avid runner, hillwalker, and commercial lawyer qualified in Scotland, England, and his native Canada. He has  just launched my own practice - Fentons Commercial Law, providing plain-language and practical help to small and mid-sized businesses in the UK and Canada. Along with his husband Lucas, Trevor founded Edinburgh Frontrunners in 2013, and decided to give it another go in Dundee in 2018. 

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Sadie Godiva

Originally from Coventry, Sadie arrived in Scotland at the end of 2012, following 9 years in Germany.
Since completing 30 years police service in 2003, occupations whilst in Germany included working for a language service and running a pub.
An avid player of lawn bowls and currently a member of Bowls Scotland’s Diversity & Equality Group. Sadie has a particular passion for transgender issues. In her spare time, Sadie loves performing cabaret, and spending far too much time on her model railway!

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Gordon Douglas

Gordon has been a regular attendee of SWAN events since 2014. Having enjoyed so many well organised events over the years, he joined the board of trustees in 2018 and currently helps to maintain the SWAN website. Gordon currently works as Security Analyst at BT. Originally from Milngavie (always a conversation starter), he now lives in Edinburgh with his partner Ian.   

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Marie Mathers

Marie is a senior doctor at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh with additional training and NHS management roles. She has completed the Stonewall leadership programme for senior LGBT+ leaders, which highlights the value of professional networking and inclusive workplaces.  

In 2018, Marie started a workplace network for NHS Lothian LGBT+ staff and allies, and is keen to work with SWAN to increase links with the NHS and other public sector organisations.

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Joe McGurk

Joe, is a staffer for an MSP at The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Joe is passionate about inclusion and equality for all. Joe previously campaigned for TIE campaign and has now moved on to focus on SWAN. In his spare time Joe sits on Unite the Union’s Scottish Regional LGBTI committee. 

New Trustees 2018

At the end of 2018, we welcomed a number of new trustees to SWAN. Profiles of our new trustees will appear here soon.


James Anderson

Jacq Kelly

Robert Brown

Harriet  Mould

Swavik Dittmer


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