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?

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. It is exciting to work with people who have such a passion to help the cause.

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 usually 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.

I enjoy bootcamp classes with Gym Based Athlete and Ballet Barre (when I have the time). A veteran of many Kiltwalks I had thought I had walked my last marathon, but this year have been persuaded to participate again, to support Waverley Care as one of their walkers.

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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