Vision And Direction

Our Board

The Board of Trustees of Canongate Youth is responsible for the overall control and management of the organisation and is made up of the following members.

Jamie Megaw, Chairperson
I joined the Board as the Chairperson in 2010. I am a graduate of the NHS Lothian Management Training Scheme and work in NHS Lothian. I have experience of working with many charities across the Lothians in a professional role. I live in Edinburgh and, outside of work, I enjoy hill running and cycling.

Mark Hardy, Trustee
I have volunteered at Canongate Youth since 2005, originally in the Wednesday and Music Clubs before joining the Board. I currently work as a Children and Families Social Worker with the City of Edinburgh Council. In my free time my hobbies include music, books, running and rugby.

Charles Sweeny, Trustee
I joined the Board of CY in 2013 and I am an experienced Chartered Accountant. I live in Edinburgh and in my spare time I enjoy gaming and keeping fit by running marathons. My favourite thing about CY is that it has such a positive impact on so many people’s lives and helps young people find the self-belief that they need to make the most of their opportunities.

Thekla Garland, Trustee
I joined the Board in 2015. I currently work for the Scottish Government and have held a variety of policy roles in areas including health, environment, asylum seekers and refugees, children’s hearing and early years and play. I am married with 2 daughters and live in Edinburgh. In my spare time I enjoy running, reading and spending time with family and friends.

John Davidson, Trustee
My background is in property and I currently run a Letting & Property Management company in the Southside of Edinburgh. I have a strong passion to help solve the severe shortage of residential property for local Edinburgh people. In my spare time I am involved in coaching young people (particularly in business) and I joined the CY Board in 2016. I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling to new places and experiencing new cultures. I am a qualified drone pilot.