Our Assistant Directors of Children's Services take responsibility for specific areas of work across Barnardo's Scotland. They support our service managers and make sure we deliver the most effective services for children and young people.

Our Assistant Directors

Eddie Kane

Assistant Director - Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire

Eddie has operational responsibility for the external management of Children's and Young People's Services in Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire. Eddie is also the safeguarding lead for Scotland.

Martin Mathieson

Assistant Director - Lanarkshire and West

Martin has operational responsibility for the external management of a range of Children and Young People's Services in North and South Lanarkshire and West of Scotland.

Peter Nield

Assistant Director - Highland Tayside and Fife

Peter has operational responsibility for the external management of Children's and Young People's Services in Highland and joint responsibility for Tayside and Fife. Peter is also the Care Inspectorate liaison for Scotland.

Dawn Ward

Assistant Director - Aberdeen Aberdeenshire Tayside and Fife

Dawn has operational responsibility for the external management of Children's and Young People's Services in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and joint Tayside and Fife.

Claire MacDonald

Assistant Director - South East Scotland

Claire has operational responsibility for the external management of Children's and Young People's Services in the East Region of Scotland, this includes West Lothian and Edinburgh.

Fiona Bennett

Assistant Director - Forth Valley and South West Scotland

Fiona has operational responsibility for the external management of Children's and Young People's Services in Forth Valley, Dumfries and Galloway, East, North and South Ayrshire with service offices in Falkirk, Ayr, Kilmarnock and Kilwinning.

Sue Brunton

Assistant Director - Fostering and Adoption

Sue has responsibility for Family Placement - Fostering and Adoption services across Scotland. The function of the F&A team is to recruit a range of carers to meet the needs of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and to work in partnership with Local Authorities to identify gaps in their own resources which Barnardo’s Scotland can assist in filling. Sue is based in Edinburgh.

Tommy McDade

Assistant Director - Employment & Skills Scotland and Northern Ireland

Tommy is responsible for the delivery and development of Barnardo's Employment, Training and Skills services across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Working in partnership with key stakeholders and employers to support disadvantaged young people into sustainable independent employment, by enabling access to work placements, volunteering, Modern Apprenticeships and accredited training.

David Ferguson

Assistant Director - Policy and Influencing, Scotland

David leads the policy team in Scotland using their collective knowledge and experience in service delivery to secure a wider change in the policy environment. David is based in Edinburgh.

Maureen McAteer

Assistant Director - Attainment

To close the educational attainment gap, Barnardo's Scotland focuses on promoting secure attachment, promoting recovery from toxic stress (trauma) and building resilient communities working across Scotland. We do this by working in partnership with parents, nurseries, primary and secondary schools.

Regional contact numbers

Aberdeen

01224 624 090

Dundee

01382 221 944

Edinburgh

0131 446 7000

Glasgow

0141 419 4700