Our People

It’s because of our passionate team and dedicated board of trustees that makes Alternatives possible.

Our People

Alternatives Listening Rooms are a Scottish charity no SC023483 set up to meet the needs of individuals in Dundee and Tayside. We are governed by a board of 6 trustees and are registered with OSCR (Scottish Charity Register).

As a charity we believe in excellence in the governance of our service and are one of the first four charities to achieve the Good Governance Award the quality standard for Scottish charities.

Rachel Macdonald

Service Lead

Amanda Leitch

Lead Youth Counsellor

Louise Davis

Louise Davis

Lead Outreach Counsellor

Lesley Robson

Outreach Counsellor

Laura Cooney

Youth Counsellor

Jen Watson

Project Counsellor


Wilma Sutherland


Michelle McDonald


Jenny Keir

Trainee Counsellor

Ambreen Ali

Centre Administrator

Shona Mason

Trustee – Chair

Nicola Reed

Trustee and Counsellor

Jennifer Inglis


Elizabeth Waine

Elizabeth Waine


Our trustees

We are governed by a board of six trustees and are registered with the Scottish Charity Register, OSCR.

Shona Mason – Chair

Shona is a lecturer in dentistry, She has many years of experience as a trustee of the Vine trust and running her own charity, Esperanza, which supports evangelical and humanitarian work in and around Iquitos, Peru. She also brings experience through her pastoral role with students from BAME backgrounds.

David Baker – Treasurer

David has been involved in running many charities and small businesses in Dundee. He is currently leading the Good Governance Award as part of Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action and brings great insight into charity governance.

Jennifer Inglis

Jennifer is a local business owner who understands strategy and the practical issues facing any evolving organisation. Jennifer brings her experience of management of teams.

Nicola Reed

Nicola is a Director of Client Service for Cruse Scotland and has supported the Alternatives services as a trustee and counsellor for many years. Nicola brings her experience of operations and strategy to the team.

Sam Muir

Sam is newly qualified dentist and recently graduated from Dundee University. Sam brings her experience, knowledge and insights of governance the board.

Elizabeth Waine

Elizabeth was the founder of Alternatives and was the manager for many years. She has massively supported Alternatives growth and development over the last 30 years. Elizabeth brings her experience of being a retired charity manager and mentoring to the board.