Our Edinburgh centre is powered by a passionate team of staff and volunteers who coordinate and deliver our service across Scotland.
We are also incredibly grateful to our Board of Trustees, chaired by Maggie Darling, who are responsible for the oversight of our day to day operations and fundraising.
Meet some of the Edinburgh staff and volunteer team
“It gives me purpose and a chance to delve into my love for clothes and how much clothes can boost your self-esteem and confidence”
“It’s extremely satisfying to volunteer with Smart Works and be part of a great team of women helping other women succeed”
“I have a genuine desire to help women achieve successful employment, this comes over strongly from the volunteers and staff – It’s uplifting to play a part in this”
“I’m honoured to be part of a team who are so motivated to support as many women as possible”
“I love working at Smart Works as meeting clients at such a pinnacle point in their life is a true honour”
Digital Delivery Officer
“I love the buzz in our centre, when a client realises she is worthy of the job she is going for”
Meet the trustee team behind Smart Works Edinburgh
Maggie Darling is Chair of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a founding Trustee of the Smart Works Charity, set up eight years ago with one small office in London. She has been delighted to be part of our charity’s expansion to dress more women all around the UK, with offices open now in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading, Leeds plus two in London and our office in Edinburgh, now in new city centre premises.
Bronagh Power was Head of the Business School for the Open University in Scotland and Faculty Lead for the Postgraduate Business and Management programme for the Open University throughout the UK and Continental Europe. She is a passionate believer in the transformative power of education, an experienced facilitator within leadership development contexts but most of all, an advocate of empowering women to realise their dreams and potential.
Janine is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh. Janine practiced law and previously embarked on the Saltire Fellowship (part of Entrepreneurial Scotland) which included studying at Babson College in Boston and working at a number of high-growth Scottish SMEs. Janine is a solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales.
Kirsty Johnston is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh having joined the Board in June 2018 initially in the Treasurer role. Kirsty is a Relationship Director for Santander Corporate Banking advising and taking care of the banking requirements of a variety of Scottish SMEs across a diverse range if industries including Hospitality & Leisure, Manufacturing, Professional Services and Food & Drink.
Having practiced Employment and Discrimination law for over 20 years, she took up this newly created role last year. She is also Chair of the Scottish Government Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board. She has previously been a director of Lothian Racing Syndicate and was Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid.
Catriona is highly experienced international HR Director, having worked in the power, telecommunications and drinks industries. She has championed inclusion and diversity with a specific focus on increasing diversity in manufacturing and supply chain and has a passion for people development and coaching, particularly in the context of women in leadership. She has previously been a member of Court for one of Scotland’s universities and is inspired by the role education plays in the empowerment of women.
Lucy became a Volunteer Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh in December 2020. She has worked in PR for over 15 years, firstly in London and Sydney and then in Scotland where she worked in corporate communications and events for Scottish & Newcastle plc and Heineken UK. Lucy is currently working on an outreach program for Smart Works Edinburgh, promoting its new virtual service across Scotland.