Who We Are

Management Committee

Anthony Calvesbert
Honorary President

Hi. I was the very first dad (Creator) for DadsWork and have committed the last 20 plus years as a dad, grandad, service user, committee member, Chair and now Honorary President.

Alex Raeburn
Chair

I joined DadsWork when I first became a dad a little over 12 years ago. I received so much help, support and advice, I made the decision to give back to charity in whatever way I could, and am privileged to serve as chairperson.

Craig Baillie
Vice Chair

I’ve been involved with DadsWork for 10 years and have enjoyed it immensely as have my 3 youngest sons and now my grandchildren. In my spare time I am a coach with Preston Lodge Rugby Club.

Stuart MacKenzie
Secretary

I joined Dadswork as a service user initially which led to me joining the management committee as Secretary. I am a father of 2 daughters who age me in ways that can’t be described on a website, but I love them both dearly.

Peter Simpson
Treasurer

Accountant by day, Treasurer by night. Never far from his trusty calculator, Pete has been crunching numbers for DadsWork since joining the Management Committee in 2016.

Katy Pollock
Professional Advisor

My day job is manager of Home-Start East Lothian and I sit on the board of DadsWork as an advisor and supporter. The two charities work well together. I also enjoy co-delivering Dads2Be – enabling new dads in the exciting journey of becoming a parent.

Alison Cameron
Professional Advisor

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Alex Lumsden
Men’s Shed Representative

I started the Men’s Shed for something to do and I have been fully active since 2023. Now I am a Men’s Shed Supervisor and Management Committee Representative for the Men’s Shed.

Calum Slight
Fathers Representative

I am a dad of 2 and work for the Royal Mail. As a dad I have used many services that DadsWork offer and I wanted to offer my support back, so I joined their committee 5 years ago to ensure we have fathers representatives input to its future development.

Sean Crawford
Fathers Representative

I have been a member of the DadsWork Management Committee since summer 2023. After attending DadsWork on a regular basis I decided I wanted to contribute more to the organisation in return for the support I received.

Gordon Duncan
Fathers Representative

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Douglas Fraser
Fathers Representative

I saw the power of DadsWork in the community years ago while working in the local infant school. When Kevin asked me to join the committee and help, I had to! It is an honour to be part of the team.

Staff Team

Kevin Young
Project Manager

I love being a dad and a grandad. I have been employed at DadsWork for 20 years and it’s been the best job ever. I love supporting and helping men make their lives better for themselves and their families.

Neil Ferguson, Fathers Support Worker at DadsWork SCIO
Neil Ferguson
Fathers Support Worker

I am a dad of 2 and 2 dogs. I have been employed at DadsWork for 14 years and retrained as a Nursery Practioner after being a Chef. This is a wonderful job as it has such variety and I enjoy supporting the families I work with improve their lives. 

Peta Green
Finance Officer

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Ewan Irvine
Counsellor
I work as a Counsellor under the BACP. My interest is in Men’s Health. There’s a strength in reaching out for help. Taking that first step may not be easy, but counselling can be transformative. It’s a safe space built on trust, confidentiality and is without judgement and allows men to talk about their own issues and problems.
Caz Sadler
Counsellor

My name is Carole Sadler (Caz), I am foremost a Mum of two and understand how important the support DadsWork gives to dads and male carers. I work collaboratively with clients to suit their needs and their comfort levels. I am registered member of the BACP and work to a high standard under their ethical framework.

Jenna Kelly
Counsellor

I am a trainee Counsellor, providing a friendly, professional and confidential service through face-to-face and telephone sessions. I have been on counselling placement with Dadswork since March 2023 and I really value the community and support DadsWork offer to dads and male carers.

I was referred to DadsWork in April 2019 following the breakup of my marriage and becoming homeless.

I was initially reluctant to receive help or integrate with the other service users, because I thought I could ‘do it on my own’; I was wrong.
Kevin & Neil listened to my predicament, and more importantly understood my feelings and needs, initially offering arms-length support to help me rebuild my life.
Through their patience and expertise,  I began to interact with others again, and looked forward to our meetings, and the various Dad’s groups available, they helped me secure accommodation, provided counselling (which was invaluable), accompanied me to family court hearings and basically became my friends without prejudice.
I have now rebuilt my life with their help and guidance, and even though I no longer need regular support, I keep in touch and know that they are still there for me.
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