national advisory group
The National Advisory Group consists of Scottish Women’s Aid and local partners who have been involved in piloting and advising on the development of the project in Scotland.
The overall aim of the National Project Advisory Group is to oversee and advise on strategic direction for the National Cedar Project. This includes to:
- Guide, advise and support the work of the national project
- Champion the aims, vision and values of the Cedar programme
- Present the views of wider networks/stakeholders at Cedar Advisory Group meetings where appropriate
- Represent Cedar interests at other meetings/conferences where appropriate
Currently active on the national advisory group are:
Donny is a Service Manager in the Children and Families Department in Edinburgh. He has been in social work services for most of his working life and currently has responsibility for a number of services that work with families, including the Safer Families project which addresses domestic abuse and which will be taking over the delivery of Cedar in Edinburgh. Donny was involved in the early discussions at Scottish Women’s Aid that led to the development of Cedar, and has been the responsible manager in Edinburgh. He has been enthusiastic about this approach from the beginning.
Like some of the other members of the National Advisory Group, Donny uses a bicycle to get around the city, and away from work he plays fiddle in a ceilidh band.
Lesley has been involved with the development of the CEDAR Projects as an NHS representative from the initial stages when SWA began their initial meetings and seminars with input and visits from the key project in Canada. Lesley has a long history of working with projects and initiatives relating to violence against women, and worked with Edinburgh Women’s Aid for many years where she was involved in the establishment of the first perpetrator programmes for abusive men in Scotland. Lesley is currently an adviser on Gender Based Violence within NHS Lothian and also the Chair of the Edinburgh Violence Against Women Partnership where she is involved in a range of programmes and interventions to improve the safety and well being of those affected by forms of abuse, and to ensure the appropriate response and support from multi-agency staff.
Lesley has a particular interest and passion in supporting the CEDAR Programme both nationally and locally and is a familiar sight around Edinburgh cycling to various meetings & known as an expert of where to get the best cafe latte! When not at work, Lesley enjoys spending time with family and friends, hanging out at the Filmhouse and teaching yoga in her spare time.
Sheila is Coordinator of Fife Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership and manager of Cedar Fife.
Violence Against Women Coordinator, Safer Communities, Scottish Borders Council
Andrea joined Scottish Borders Council’s Safer Communities in 2007 as the VAW Coordinator, to develop a policy, practice and service provision framework to address violence against women in the Scottish Borders. Currently she project manages the Pathway Project, the award winning multi-agency approach to addressing domestic abuse in the Borders, of which CEDAR is a key element. Previously Andrea has worked in the drug/alcohol field, as both practitioner and trainer, with 6 years working with STRADA developing the drug/alcohol workforce as a regional and national trainer and ten years as an alcohol counsellor. Andrea spent five years as a Children’s Panel member, and has been a Director of both Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre, she is now in her 15th year as a Community Councillor. She is currently doing her Phd looking at the complexity of substance use and domestic abuse. Andrea manages the CEDAR groupwork project locally, and has a particular interest in developing a sustainable future for CEDAR. Andrea is married and lives with her husband and two cats in the Borders, where she enjoys her garden, reading and walking the hills.
Rory’s background is in criminal justice social work. From 1991 until 2012 he worked in the Domestic Violence Probation Project in Edinburgh, a court mandated service for men convicted of domestic violence offences where he was co-developer of the men’s programme. Rory was one of the authors of the practice manuals for the Caledonian system, accredited in 2009 for roll out across Scotland. From 2010 to 2013 he was seconded to the Scottish Government Justice Department as one of the national trainers for the Caledonian System.
Rory is currently project manager in the Safer Families Edinburgh Project (formerly Working with Men) which offers various services to agencies and to families affected by domestic abuse all rooted in the principle of holding abusive men accountable for their behaviour and making expectations of them to change.
In 1998 he spent six months working in a community health project in Melbourne Australia, in a non court mandated programme for abusing men as part of a multi agency response to domestic abuse.
When not at work Rory thinks a lot about painting and drawing – and sometimes actually paints and draws.
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