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

Chair Person

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


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.

John Davidson


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.

Wiebke Burnett


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 be a successful charity for years to come.

Jane Denmark


A mother, wife, daughter and sister are just some of my personal family identities. I moved to Edinburgh in 2002 and now live in East Lothian. With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and in Social Work, I am delighted to have developed my knowledge and skills in the third sector. I currently work as a Team Leader for Children 1st.
In my spare time I adore being outdoors, exploring the hills, beach and countryside. I have a passion for exploring the world and its diverse geography and cultures.

Andy McArthur


I have been teaching since 2007 where I was based in Midlothian up to 2018 as a primary teacher. In the last 2 years I have been studying Inequalities and Inclusion in Educational Practice at Masters level. I am about to start a new educational role as a mentor to high school pupils who require support for their learning.
In my free time my hobbies include listening to music, reading, walking and running. I also coach boys and girls football teams for P5 to P7. For my sins I am an Ayr Utd season ticket holder, although this season it's a virtual ticket!

Debbie Walker


I have worked in Financial Services for 25 years and am currently employed at Tesco Bank as the Compliance Director.

Prior to joining Tesco Bank, I worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland group, across a wide variety of commercial and risk management roles in both Corporate and Retail Banking. I have extensive experience of risk management, governance and internal controls.

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and currently sponsor the Womens network at my employer to create lasting change and gender balance. I have two children and enjoy walking and helping them learn new things.