Fiona MacFarlane (Chair)

Why did you choose to join Waverley Care’s board?

My involvement with Waverley Care goes back to the early 90s when I participated in a scratch performance of The Pirates of Penzance, which we put on over a weekend under the musical eye of Christopher Bell, and over the years my path has continued to cross Waverley Care’s fundraising activities. Recently I met some of the members of staff and was taken by their enthusiasm and commitment to the charity, and on learning that new Board members were required, I felt that I would like to give some of my time and business skills to this well-respected charity.

Tell us about your life outside Waverley Care.

My career path started as a chemical engineer working in industry, before an opportunity arose to move into a project which saw me going into schools and teaching technology. What I thought was a temporary secondment resulted in a seismic shift in my career path and I have been in communications roles across business, education and the third sector ever since. Currently I am enjoying the variety provided by non-executive directorships, alongside some consultancy and business mentoring.

What do you enjoy most about working with Waverley Care?​​​​​​​

It is early days for me, but my initial impression of staff enthusiasm and commitment remains true with every person that I have encountered so far on the staff and on the board.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I am not enjoying the company of my now grown-up family, I participate in Musical Theatre – and have done for 40 years, having started very young! Each year I perform with Southern Light in the King’s Theatre, and Showcase in the Church Hill Theatre, as well as helping on the sound team backstage at the Edinburgh Gang Show. I also sing with the Watsonian Community Choir.

Having recently taken up exercise I do BMF (Be Military Fit) and ballet barre classes each week. This has taken me well out my comfort zone but has improved my fitness and wellbeing no end. This year, I participated in the four Kiltwalks, notching up nearly 100 miles over the summer in memory of one of “the Gang”, Joanna Lamb, supporting the charity which supported her, It’s Good 2 Give.

Who inspires you and why?​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​It may sound like a cliché but over the years my voluntary work has brought me into contact with so many inspirational people, many of whom I now consider to be some of my best friends. The more I have thought about it I think it is because of the selflessness of those who help others. I guess that is actually another reason why I have been drawn to Waverley Care.

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