FCE is governed by a Board of Trustees who regularly to oversee the management of the organisation. Current members are:
Lee Ryan, Chair
Lee has over 20 years’ experience in human resources in various public sector organisations, including the Police, higher education and local authorities. Within these organisations she has worked to help shape outcomes and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. She believes FCE’s values, aims and outcomes can make a real difference to people in Fife.
Steven Piercy, Vice Chair
Steven has over 20 years experience working across the voluntary, private and public sector in roles ranging from business sales, volunteer recruitment and support, training development and latterly organisational development and continuous improvement within the Police Service of Scotland. Having been born and raised in Edinburgh, Steven chose to relocate to Fife in 2008, where he and his family now live and work. He has been involved in delivering equality outcomes within the public sector, and was drawn to FCE by a desire to support other organisations achieve real equality of access, service provision, and together making Fife a fairer and more equal place to live.
Michael Low, Treasurer
Michael worked as a Chartered Accountant for 45 years in many different financial roles in organisations as diverse as local government, manufacturing industry (paper making and wire / steel), motor trade and the legal profession. Latterly, he worked in the third sector in a charity which was involved with promoting social enterprise. Since retiring from work, he has been active in voluntary work supporting people with learning disabilities, including being on one board of trustees for a period of over six years. His hobbies mainly revolve around sport, though now almost entirely in a spectating role.
Sid Akbar, Board Member
Sid was raised in Bannockburn, a village steeped in history on the outskirts of Stirling. Sid suffered bullying during his early school years and this sparked a deep desire in him even as a child to combat all forms of hate and to help spread more knowledge and understanding. His journey has led him to working for many organisations and groups promoting equality and diversity. He has worked as a senior government advisor. Sid has developed many programs for various organisations over the years and carries on using his knowledge and passion to help create a better world, as he constantly reminds people “many people are in need of a software update”. Meaning education and knowledge are the key to tackling ignorance and hate.
Richard Anderson, Board Member
Richard has worked with the voluntary sector for over 20 years including supporting the NHS, providing food to the homeless through varied outreach projects and many other social equality and inclusion projects. For over 15 years he has created a number of national radio and television shows on SKY and other digital platforms which he has led in order to spearhead new initiatives which has helped drive change and provide valuable work opportunities in the UK and around the world. For many years within the Financial Services sector he has assisted UK FTSE100 companies with his vast skills in Business Risk, Crime, Change and Inclusion. Currently he is also an author of 13 popular books and has thousands of students enrolled in his courses worldwide, which he believes will help empower people by helping them develop new skills. As a board member of FCE Andersone believes that everyone should have the right to feel safe and respected wherever they live, work or study and believes in the mission to champion equality and diversity.
Andrew Barker, Board Member
After 34 years of service, Andrew retired from the Police Service as Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary in March 2013. He served in a variety of roles in operational and corporate fields in Central Scotland Police and Fife Constabulary, including the role of Commander for the Open Championship, and chaired a number of multi-agency partnerships across Fife. Andrew was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
Kirstie Freeman, Board Member
Kirstie has worked in the public sector for 20 years, predominantly in Housing and Safer Communities Team roles, and is now the Community Justice Coordinator for Fife supporting the work of the Reducing Offending and Reoffending Partnership Group. Her experience in these roles has led to a passion for social equality and justice, building and supporting cohesive communities with equitable access to services and opportunities for all Fife’s citizens. Outwith work, she has undertaken a variety of charity work, and is a lover of the outdoors – usually being found up a hill somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.
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