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Board Profiles

Office Bearers

Denboba K. Natie (Chair)
Denboba is a Senior Public Health Practitioner with an extensive Public and Clinical Nursing background.

He has attained MSc in International Health (UK) and Diploma in Management from Chartered management institute (UK).

He has experience in working with International originations such as WHO/UNICEF at strategic levels when he coordinated the activities of nationally funded projects for lengthy periods. He has also worked for a health and social services affiliated voluntary organization in Edinburgh since 2004.

He held the post of President of the National Health Professionals' Association when he was in one of the east African countries and was one of the key players in the said country in developing national policies in the areas of women and children and mental health issues. Denboba has also worked in the capacity of the managing director in a private sector organisation and also in an NGO.

He has been involved in the capacity of a board member of various ethnic minority voluntary organizations in Scotland including Africa Centre Scotland, Ethiopian Community Scotland of which he is a founder. He has also been involved in various advocacy groups including the Edinburgh Race Equality Forum, Connections for Development, International Inter-religious group for World Peace, Ethiopian human rights groups and the Pressure group for Global Justice. Denboba Natie can work both at strategic as well as operational levels with utmost proficiency.

Ordinary Members

Melanie Vowels
Melanie Vowles has worked continuously within local government for 27 years. She commenced employment in the Planning department as a filing clerk in 1983 and has risen through the ranks to reach the post of Team leader in the Planning Archives section with additional responsibility for committee work preparation and Freedom of Information requests.

She also received a customer care award for her work at the public counter of the Planning office. She is an associate member of the Institute of Administrative Management (an organisation that has direct links with students studying a variety of management courses both here and aboard) where she gained an international diploma and certificate in administrative management. She is also the acting treasurer of the local branch based in Edinburgh.

She is also a member of the charitable trust which owns and maintains a 17th century style public garden in East Lothian.

Ewen Logan

Ewen works as a Social Worker in the area of Child Protection for a Local Authority. He has been working as a Social Worker for 20 years since graduating from Moray House in 1992.

"I have always been passionate about supporting, advocating for and empowering other people particularly people affected by poverty, loss, discrimination and harm through partnership, planning, public access and support, creativity and accountability. I have supported development projects in the past where I have experienced them supporting others (I have worked with) with a clear agenda, resources and a direct impact on their lives. This is why I have joined LINKnet as I respect the mentoring philosophy and I have contributed to its work by undertaking a mentoring role when the project linked to the Local Authority I was working for at the time. I wish to support the continued work of LINKnet building on its successful past and I believe my experience of working in the public sector will help target ongoing areas of development.

Beyond work, I sustain an interest in art and literature. I also enjoy gardening particularly growing fruit and vegetables to add to the kitchen larder. My family and I enjoy attending music festival particularly the smaller festivals the support emerging musicians. Rest and relaxation also comes through seeing friends as I enjoying catching up with them and listen and share on what is happening in each others' lives."

Miriam C N Zziwa

Currently she works as a supply teacher for the City of Edinburgh Council Schools and Mannafields Christian School.

She has 14 years secondary school teaching experience, 2 in Uganda and 12 in Scotland (both in the state and private sectors). She has taught in East Lothian and Midlothian Council Schools and also in primary and special schools.

She is a Plant Pathologist and have research experience in plant breeding (done at Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Uganda) and in plant pathology (done at the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh (SAC)). She has supervised Students' projects at Edinburgh University in the past. She tutors Biology students of all levels privately and also teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as a volunteer with the East Lothian Council.

She has been appointed an Adjudicating Panel member with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and she is the South and East Scotland Lupus UK contact.

"My main interest in life is education for all; so together with some of my friends in the UK we have educated many members of my family and some non-relatives in Uganda".

Naomi Brunton

Having attained BA (Hon) (2:1) in business studies from the University of Edinburgh Naomi now works for Scottish Water as People & Organisational Development consultant. She also has work experience in the capacity of a Development Consultant with Lloyds Banking group and as a Recruitment Consultant for Adecco, Edinburgh.

Tessa Clark

Tessa is a Senior Consultant at Changeworks, a Scottish environmental charity. She manages and delivers research projects in the fields of energy efficiency, home renewables and fuel poverty. In addition to six years’ experience in the sustainability sector, Tessa holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography and MSc in Ecological Economics from The University of Edinburgh.

Tessa has volunteered as a mentor with LINKnet since 2012 and continues to do so. She became a board member in 2014.

Mageed M. Abdalla

Mageed is a Senior Statistician with an extensive Statistics and Health background.

He has attained bachelor's degree in Education Statistics (Iraq), Diploma in Statistical Studies (Khartoum) MSc. in Operation Research (UK).

Mageed works as a senior statistician for National Health Service Scotland NHSS. He has been working as statistician for 14 years since 2000. He worked as a statistician for the Sudan government on various departments.

He has maintained strong relationship with LINKnet, Mageed has involved in the capacity of a Mentor and a mentee and now in the capacity of a board member. He was involved in various ethnic minority voluntary organizations in Scotland including the Sudanese Community Scotland where he held the Treasure’s post for sometime.

Lynn Reid

Lynn has a breadth and depth of experience in Human Resources, Learning and Development, Organisational Development, Coaching and Talent Management and she is currently HR Director at Lomond Capital a small but rapidly growing organisation in property and asset management. She has worked at senior levels in high tech manufacturing organisations such as Motorola and Digital Equipment Corporation and within financial services she has worked for HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Life. She is an engaging leader with a passion for developing people and organisations to maximise individual potential and business success.

Lynn is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a BSc in Social Sciences. She holds qualifications in Coaching (Strathclyde University) and Psychometrics (British Psychological Society) and is licensed to use a variety of psychological testing instruments. She actively supports her local community association in the Old Town of Edinburgh where they have recently taken responsibility for the upkeep of a Patrick Geddes garden and, in addition to Mentoring at Linknet, she does voluntary work for the homeless charity Crisis in Edinburgh.

Keith Sutherland

Keith graduated from the Heriot-Watt University in 1997 with an honours degree in Building Surveying. He travelled Australasia and New Zealand for a year in 2001, and then began the challenging process of career changing becoming a police officer in 2005. In the last 9 years he has worked in response (999), community policing as well as being seconded to run a development programme for the Princes Trust. As a result of his life and work experiences Keith brings a wealth of skills working with a broad range of age groups.

"I find helping others to secure success very rewarding and being a small part of positive change and development of others incredibly motivating."

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