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.

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.

Pilar Aran, Trustee
I joined CY’s Board  in the summer of 2017, my background is in Visitors Services for a large company. After seeing and experiencing  the amazing work that all staff at CY do to motivate, empower and champion children and young adults from all walks of life but especially to those in need, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to support CY. I have two children and they both attend the clubs available to them every week, they wouldn’t miss them even if they had to walk through rain and snow- and we have. Some of the the things I like doing when I am not working are socialising, sewing, knitting, crocheting and swimming.

Weibke Burnett, Trustee
My daughter has attended Banana Club and now goes to Space at 6, and also frequently enjoys Play Rangers at Dumbiedykes play park. Having seen first hand and following with interest some of the good work Canongate Youth do for and with the young people in the area, benefiting not only the individuals, but the community as a whole, I wanted to get involved with the board. I am a self-employed marketing consultant and have two children I want to see Canongate Youth to be a successful charity for years to come.