Crew’s Strategic Priorities
- Knowledge – keeping staff and volunteers up-to-date with trends, evidence and best practice, and also generating our own evidence through grassroots intelligence.
- Inclusiveness – widening access to our services and the diversity of our staff and volunteer team, and including more people who access Crew services in service development.
- Fundraising – innovating and identifying new sources of income to sustain and develop Crew services.
- Staffing – maintaining existing posts whilst developing and funding the roles of volunteer co-ordinator and fundraiser.
- Communications and digital – maintaining and improving our online resources and developing a strong social media presence.
Our Board of Directors, who are also Trustees
Malcolm Bruce, Chair of the Board of Directors graduated in Medicine, Aberdeen 1980, MRCPsych London 1984 and PhD Institute of Psychiatry 1989. He has further experience in Oxford prior to getting a Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist post from 1994 to 2014, working in a Community Drug and Alcohol Problem Service in Edinburgh. In addition, since 1995, he’s worked with doctors with Addiction and Psychiatric problems, appointed by the GMC as an associate providing assessment and supervision of doctors who have undertakings on their registration, and is now a trainer for new associates.
Malcolm has been an active BMA trade association member and was Deputy Chair, then Chair, of NHS Lothian Local Negotiating Committee from 2004 to 2014. He remains in active practice as a Medical Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Service of Scotland and carries out short locum posts in locations around the central belt in Scotland. Since retiring from his full time NHS Consultant Post he has taken up sailing on the West Coast of Scotland which is a new pleasure for him.
Richard Muir joined the board in March 2017. He worked in the corporate world for many years and as an entrepreneur running hotels and restaurants in the UK. He spent fifteen years in London on the UK boards of two global facilities management companies and brings considerable knowledge and experience in business management and leadership.
He currently provides management consultancy services to businesses in retail, hospitality, leisure and telecoms. He is passionate about fundraising and is helping to drive a strategy to deliver funds from the business community
Born in Edinburgh, Richard is married with two sons. He enjoys spending time with his extended family, the outdoors, fishing, Munro-bagging and motor sport. Richard also sits on the Finance Sub Committee.
David Murdie joined Crew’s board in September 2019. He works as a private client solicitor and is a former banker and business analyst. David is interested in exploring creative fundraising ideas as well as ensuring good governance. David lives in Edinburgh with his wife and enjoys an active lifestyle. Between football, golf, mountain biking and running, he does just enough to justify over indulging on his home cooking. Passionate about volunteering, David is a legal adviser at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and a supervising solicitor at the University of Edinburgh’s free legal advice clinic.
Sylvia Day has been a volunteer with Crew since November 2016 and is originally from Newcastle. From being a Drop-in volunteer, she has had lots of essential training, been on most outreach events and made a small presentation at our AGM in January 2018. She is also a Board Member and has been the Volunteer Administrator in the Crew office since December 2017. She is also one of Crew’s Volunteer Board Representatives.
I love being part of the Crew family.
Gemma Smith has been a volunteer with Crew since May 2018 and joined the board in January 2019. She is a regular face in the drop-in as well as being part of outreach projects and delivering workshops and training in school and college settings. Gemma is originally from Newcastle and loves being part of the community both at Crew and in Edinburgh itself. Gemma is passionate about the work that Crew does and has a great interest in harm reduction on a broader scale and is excited to continue to work with the team!